Super Super Sweet Potatoes


Happy Marvelous Monday! I had a weekend full of organizing and purging my belongings. The Type A part of me loved it , but the “normal” part of me wanted to just throw everything into a dumpster……thankfully I am an “eco nut”, and would never actually do that!

For my birthday week, I indulged….again. I enjoyed every mouthful of cake, cookie, ice cream, brownie I shoveled into my mouth, but it is time to knuckle down on my diet. Not to lose weight, but to put in the good, nutritious foods  my body needs to handle the training that is coming over the next two months. This is the most important part of training for Chicago (two months today!), and I am going to make sure when I stand on that start line, I am confident I have done everything I could have to be ready. Starting with good fuel.

I jump started into this by seeing how many Superfoods I could jam into one meal, obviously.

I counted 8 Superfoods in this meal. As the health experts hate that word, I will instead say this is an extremely nutrient dense meal. As the ingredients have enough flavor themselves, I felt like this did not need any dressing or sauce, but if you would like a dressing, I would recommend drizzling some of this peanut butter/almond butter dressing.

For a vegetarian option, this contains 57g carbohydrates, 15g fiber, and 14g protein. Hows that for a balanced meal?

Super Super Sweet Potatoes
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves 2
2 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 avocado, cut into small chunks
1/8 cup chickpeas
3 small beets, diced
1/8 cup sweetcorn
1 cup spinach
1/8 cup black beans
1 roma tomato, diced
15 almonds
1/8 cup edamame, cooked
Poke fork holes in the sweet potato, wrap in a damp kitchen towel, and cook in the microwave for 5-10 minutes (depending on the size). You can also cook them in foil on the grill over a medium high heat.Mix all remaining ingredients in a small bowl, cut a large slit in each sweet potato, and fill with the topping ingredients.
Nutritional Information
406 calories, 16g fat, 107mg sodium, 57g carbohydrates, 15g fiber, 12g sugar, 0mg cholesterol, 14g protein

What is your favorite superfood/nutrient dense food? Do you eat to perform?

dinner, lunch, vegetarian

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  • OH MY GOD YES. YES YES and thrice YES.

  • So glad you had such a good birthday! I love stuffed sweet potatoes but never think to make them… great idea!

  • Heather @fitncookies
    August 11, 2014 11:56 am

    Mmm!! First, I love how much you indulged yourself!! So delicious. I also love that you realize your body needs these nutrients to train well! This recipe looks delicious 🙂 I love sweet potatoes.

  • Have you tried PURPLE sweet potatoes? They taste EVEN BETTER than the orange ones!

  • Happy Birthday! Glad you got some cake.
    All sweet potatoes are super in my opinion. 😉

  • I need to go through my closets again and like you, I prefer to just throw everything out rather than figure out what to keep and what to give away lol…I live on sweet potatoes. I noticed a huge difference in my muscle recovery when I started eating them on a regular basis a few years ago. I easily have a sweet potato with my dinner four nights a week if not more and most definitely the night before a long run.

  • This looks amazing and has all of my favorite things in it! I love beets but I wouldn't have thought to top a sweet potato with them. I'm glad you enjoyed your birthday week! 🙂

  • This looks so fresh and delicious! I love sweet potatoes. I go through phases, but sp's are right up there as being one of my favorites. I hope you're doing well and enjoyed your birthday–you share the same bd as my Dad! Can't wait to see you fly through the streets of Chi town! xoxo

  • Kim @ BusyBod
    August 11, 2014 1:52 pm

    How did I not know you are an eco nut?? I am a HUGE environmentalist! I knew we were friends for a reason. 🙂 This meal looks delicious and makes me super sad that sweet potatoes hurt my tummy. Womp womp.

  • These look so tasty Tina! And filling but easy. Can't wait to try them out

  • This is something I don't do enough of — prepare sweet potatoes in a savoury way rather than a sweet one. Usually I'll bake one up and top it with almond butter, maple syrup, Greek yogurt, and cinnamon, but stuffing it with chickpeas, avocado, and corn is fabulous… especially if salsa is involved 😀

  • Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods and avocados go on everything around here. Yum!
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  • Courtney Moore
    August 11, 2014 2:17 pm

    These look and sound soo good! I have one sweet potato left from my last grocery trip and now I know exactly what I'm going to do with it!

  • Yum. I love stuffed sweet potatoes! I like the idea of adding in almonds for some crunch too.

  • Elsie Goycoolea
    August 11, 2014 2:53 pm

    I am a newbie to your blog and what a welcoming post!! I think you managed to slip into a recipe nearly all of my favourite foods! I definitely need to try this.. 🙂

  • OMG that looks delicious!!! I have to try these…even if my boys won't eat most of it…more for me!!

  • I absolutely eat to perform – something I couldn't have said as much a year ago. It's an ongoing journey where we learn, right?

  • can you believe the kiwi doesn't really like them?! i do!! he eats regular potatoes but will eat sweet potato with marmite

  • I love sweet potatoes, and I love how loaded up with goodness this one is! Definitely going on my “to make” list!

  • Nope! Should give them a try! Will look out for them 🙂

  • This makes me happy (the environmentalist part), but not happy about your tummy! Booooooo! I think we need to talk about sustainability sometime, I can never find people who care about the environment like they should!

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater
    August 11, 2014 11:38 pm

    These look amazing!! All of my favorite foods. I actually haven't had sweet potatoes in awhile…. time to change that!

  • Somehow you've managed to combine almost everything I love into one dish. Sweet potatoes and avocados and edamame, oh my! I'm absolutely going to start making these on a regular basis. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • I wish I like sweet potatoes – maybe if I loaded it up like this I might?!

  • I wonder if that works with regular potato as well. Love how easy it is, my type of cooking!

  • Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead
    August 12, 2014 2:56 am

    I have not been eating as well as I should for having a marathon in a month, so I need to reel it in and focus…. starting with this amazing-looking recipe!

  • Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife
    August 12, 2014 10:42 am

    I loveeeeee sweet potatoes!!!!

  • Only 2 months? Eh, you are going to be such an elite rockstar 🙂 I already can't wait for race day to come so I can track you!!

  • I WISH I could say I liked sweet potatoes (LONG STORY). That being said, I do love me some butternut squash… So I could try this with that!

  • I love sweet potatos… I have one for a snack every day 🙂 Thank you for reminding me that I should be eating super healthy to prepare for my marathon (not just to lose these couple of pesky summer pounds)

  • Julie DenOuden
    August 12, 2014 7:48 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look amazing!!!

  • I love stuffing sweet potatoes! Endless options for yumminess!

  • This looks so good! I love it! Happy Birthday

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