February Food of the Month

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Sweet potatoes are nutrient-packed starchy vegetables.  Their bright orange color is from a pigment found in vitamin A, the same component in carrots that everyone tells you to eat to protect your vision. Vitamin A also keeps your skin young and healthy.  Sweet potatoes, compared to regular white potatoes, contain more fiber, calcium, copper, and vitamin C.  While white potatoes are not a bad choice, replacing items such as French fries, chips, baked and mashed potatoes with sweet potatoes is an easy way to pack a few more nutrients into your diet.  Sweet potatoes are at their peak in the Northeast during the winter season, making them a very affordable food this time of year.

Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.