Paleo Book Review: Sweet Potato Power
I will be the first to admit that, while growing up, I thought they were one of the nastiest foods in existence (next to dumplings and this stuff mom called ‘steak and gravy’…). This was back when, in my world, the only way anyone ate the orange things was mashed with brown sugar and butter and then topped with marshmallows… It wasn’t until I was in high school that I realized maybe they weren’t so bad and didn’t exist exclusively under a sea of melted marshmallow. Who would have thought they even had peels?!?! What am I talking about? None other than the tuber-ific Sweet Potato!!
The popularity of the sweet spud has sky-rocketed among the paleo community. It’s commonly associated with the term “safe starch” and is a powerhouse post workout meal when paired with some protein. But how much do you actually know about natures vegetable candy and how can you optimally fit it into your paleo lifestyle? Well, wonder no more. “Sweet Potato Power” by Ashley Tudor has arrived and can answer all of your questions!! I know what you’re thinking – a whole entire book about a spud? Really? Well, hold up because you’re in for a lot more than just a schooling in sweet potatoes.
“Sweet Potato Power” is actually a four part book that not only talks about all things sweet potato, but also explores the concept of ‘smart carbs’, hormones, inflammation and exercise – and that’s just the first two parts!! Part Three: Your Body, Your Rules – helps determine where YOUR body is at and what YOU need to get healthy and optimize performance. From figuring out carb response and dabbling in ketosis to determining if you’re inflamed and deciphering blood work – it’s all between the bright orange covers.
And now for the climactic ending – THE RECIPES!!! Yes, a book entitled “Sweet Potato Power” would not be complete without a slew of recipes all containing bacon. I joke – although bacon does in fact make an appearance…. Breakfast, entrees, sides, and desserts there’s something ‘sweet’ potato for everyone. If you’re an athlete you will love the sports gel and recovery drink options. Sweet potatoes will be your new secret weapon. And if you already use them, well it never hurts to add a little more ammunition to your supply.