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Sexy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Lemongrass and Galangal

  • Anti-inflammatory, Gluten-free, Vegan, Packed with Antioxidants
  • May Boost Sex Drive
  • No Refined Sugar
  • Takes less than 25 minutes to make!
  • Packed with caroteniods, vitamin B6, vitamin C, D, manganese, iron, potassium
  • Simple, Easy
  • Light & Refreshing

Ingredients:

(1) 5 Sweet Potatoes (I used the yellow ones from Japan because they taste very soft when they are boiled)

(2) 5 stalks of Lemongrass

(3) 1 stalk of Greater Galangal

(4) 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Milk

(5) 1 Teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

(6)  Himalayan Salt

(7) Pepper

(8) Mint Leaves

Preparation (Takes less than 25 minutes to make!):

Boil (1) for 15 minutes till soft. Peel (1), and mash with a masher/spoon till the sweet potatoes have turned into puree.

While you’re waiting for (1) to boil, start juicing (2) and (3) with a juicer. The juice should turn out to be a bit light brown/yellowish.

Once (1) is boiled, mix puree with juice and (4) and (5) till smooth.

Add a pinch of (6) and (7), and (8) on top to garnish.

Voila! Its ready to serve!

Why Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potato is a great source of:

Beta-carotene, which our body converts to vitamin A (retinol). Beta-carotene act as potent antioxidants, protecting cells and tissues from free radicals and oxidative damage which accelerates aging and causes diseases such as cancer.  (great source)

Vitamin C, which protects skin by fighting free radicals. According to Reader’s Digest, British Researchers found that vitamin C–rich foods reduced the risk of significant wrinkles by 36 percent (good source)

*Tsk tsk – Vitamins A and C may increase your sex drive by nourishing your adrenal glands and creating sex hormones!

Manganese, which protect your cells from free-radical damage and maintains normal blood sugar level (good source)

Sweet potato is also a good source of copper, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B6, B5, B3, and potassium, according to whfoods.com.

Boiling sweet potatoes is not only simple and easy, boiling sweet potatoes has also been shown to have a more favorable impact on blood sugar regulation and to provide the plant with a lower glycemic index (GI) value. In one study, the average GI value for roasted sweet potato was 82, for baked sweet potato 94, and for boiled sweet potato 46. (Whfoods.com)

Why Lemongrass?

Lemongrass is native to India and tropical Asia and has a subtle citrus yet slightly “minty” flavor that is very distinct.

Lemongrass is also a rich source of:

Iron, which transports oxygen into your body through your red blood cells. This nutrient is particularly important for athletes, because iron can be excreted through sweat, and muscles need iron to transport oxygen to muscles which is crucial when you’re working out! Without sufficient iron, you may feel fatigued!

Potassium, which prevents muscle cramps  during/after working out!

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Why Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Extra virgin olive oil is a good source of:

Oleic acid, which increases level of HDL, the healthy cholesterol, and decreases level of unhealthy LDL cholesterol

Polyphenols,  antioxidants which are anti-inflammatory (aka makes you have better looking skin)

According to Dr. Perricone, extra virgin olive oil can improve digestion, stimulate  bone growth, which has significant anti-aging benefits.

Most importantly, you want some fat in your sweet potato meals because recent research has shown that a minimum of 3 grams of fat per meal significantly increases our uptake of beta-carotene from the sweet potatoes. (whfoods.com)

I suggest using extra virgin olive oil because it is unrefined, and can thus preserve more nutritional content.

Why Galangal?

 Galangal is believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is also believe to be a rich source of iron, vitamin C and A. I used it because its taste is not as strong as ginger’s taste (suggested by Chetan), and is a unique ingredient from Asia, making this recipe a perfect infusion of fusion ingredients!

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xox

-Nicole

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