It’s been a busy day for me getting this post out for Sweet Potato Hash with Apples and Mint. Putting out a post is always a bit time consuming, but today new photo processing software complicated the effort to get it out. I’m working to improve the photos that I put up on the blog, and I think they’ve improved over the last couple of months, but you’ll have to be the judge of that.
Sweet potatoes are a power food, as you probably well know. You may even remember my previous posts for Sweet Potato Curry and Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweetpotatoes. Lately I’ve been liking them even more and more. Not just because they are loaded with vitamin A and C, manganese, potassium, and B vitamins. They taste so good. I like the sweet flavor and the soft tender texture of a cooked sweet potato. As a spud, they’re just as versatile as the white variety. Well, anyway I got in the mood to eat them and had to cook up this dish. You can eat the hash alone, or with chicken or meat. The way I like to eat it best is the same way I like to eat white potato hash, with a fried egg on top. When break into the egg the yolk spills out all over the potatoes, giving them added flavor and creaminess; and maybe I just like to make a good ol’ mess.
In case you didn’t notice from my last post, I’ve started to leave the nutrition information and Weight Watcher’s points for the posted recipe. You’ll find it at the bottom of the post. The nutritional information is calculated using the tools at Calorie Count. I hope this information will be to help to some of my readers who want to eat healthy foods.
If you are going to watch the Superbowl and are wondering what appetizer you can make, try my caramelized onion dip. It is fantastic and with the effort. Enjoy the game! I’m looking forward to the commercials.
Sweet Potato Hash with Apples and Mint
- 2 gala apples, chopped
- 2-1/2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
- 2 cups onion, chopped
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes, chopped
- 1 ounce fresh mint, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme, dry
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat 1 -1/2 tablespoons of olive oil on the grill or in a skillet, and cook the sweet potatoes until they are three-quarters done.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of oil into a second skillet pan and begin to cook the onions. Add the apples when the onions are lightly caramelized. Stir frequently and cook the mixture until both the apple and the onion are tender.
- When the potatoes are just about done, add the thyme along with the apples and onions, mix it all together well, and cook until the sweet potatoes are done.
- Stir in the fresh mint, and add salt and pepper to taste.
This recipe is copyrighted by MyHealthyEatingHabits.com
Weight Watcher Points:
5 points per serving. There are 7, 1-cup servings in this recipe.
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How many times do you run across an article and wonder about the claims in the article. The points that the author outlines sound like they’ve been copied and pasted various times from site to site; they are flat statements without any evidence, or insight.
It’s my hope in this outline to give a more personal view about some of the benefits a yoga practice offers, to live healthy and feel healthy. The numbered points below are some of the main benefits I’ve noticed in my life, as a direct result from my at-home yoga practice. The noted benefits will depend on the types of asanas, or yoga postures and routines that you practice. The points are not ordered in terms of importance, as they are all important.
- Flexibility – The thing I love most about yoga is that it keeps me flexible with a good range of movement. And at the age of 54, I am more flexible than many teenagers, and having the body’s joints open and flexible is very important for staying young––which takes me to the second point.
- Stay young and youthful – A result of being flexible and having a good range of movement, my body is able to move and do things that many people my age cannot. And, I feel young!
- Strengthen arms and legs – My arms were always skinny and weak, but my practice has given me bicep muscles that I’m proud of. And though my legs were always fairly strong, they are even more so now.
- Core strengthening – I never really noticed my abs until I was over 50. Since I’ve been more consistent with my practice my abdominal muscles have got stronger and more visible. I’m also able to hold difficult poses, like the full boat pose, longer.
- Tone and lengthen the body – At 5’9, I am tall woman, but if I were to describe my body before I was consistent with yoga, if I might have said that it felt like a beach ball, round and bouncy. Now, with practice I would say that my body feels more like a tree––tall and strong. My legs feel especially lengthened and toned.
- Posture – There is one asana––or position, called the mountain pose, which yoga practitioners as a starting position for many standing poses. This one pose has especially taught me to stand tall, with the feet together pointed straight, the rear tucked in and the shoulders back. Standing tall and straight is natural to me now.
- Balance – It seems like this is one of the first skills to go as we age. Hip fractures are common among elderly because they lose their balance, fall, and break or fracture a hip. I can do exercises that need stillness, skill, and balance to do them. I’m confident that by continuing to practice these challenging balance exercises, I will remain sure-footed as I grow older.
- Heart conditioning – There is a misconception out there that yoga is not an aerobic exercise ––that it does not raise your heartbeat like, running, tennis, or dancing, for example. It’s true that the asanas will not raise your heartbeat; but, I have found that some yoga routines like sun salutation done in succession will raise the heartbeat and give me just as good a work-out, or better, than any of these other activities. If you doubt this statement you may want to read this article from the Pittsburgh Examiner.
- Reduce stress – Meditation is an important part of a yoga practice. With meditation I have learned to quiet the mind and go to my center of calm. It is at this center of calmness that l feel at one with the pose. In times of stress, I can slow my heartbeat and go to that center of calm to keep me from losing my temper.
- Knowing Peace – I’ve mentioned that yoga helps to reduce stress by slowing the heartbeat and calming the breathing pattern. But, in some moments of meditation, or an asana particularly well executed, I feel myself at total peace; the world stops, the mind stops talking, my body relaxes completely, and what I experience is nothing short of PEACE. It’s beautiful!