(gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, kid friendly)
I don't have an "anti-bread agenda", but the truth is, a slice of whole wheat toast in the morning just doesn't cut it for most of my clients. There are no nutrients there to hold us over until lunch. No fuel for our morning. We need protein and healthy fat to get that done.
(for more gluten free, whole food breakfast ideas, check out our breakfast ebook)
Couldn't you just top that whole wheat toast with protein and healthy fat? Well, sure. But why not ditch those empty and inflammatory calories for something BURSTING with minerals and that is actually ANTI-inflammatory? Let's swap out that bread for some sweet potato slices!
Before I get into how to make this (spoiler alert - it's REALLY EASY), let's go over a few of the benefits of sweet potatoes.
Just one cup of sweet potatoes offers over 200% of your daily recommended value. Vitamin A is essential for eye health, bone strength, and a tough immune system. It can also work synergistically with Vitamin D, and reduce acne.
Supplementing with too much vitamin A over time can be toxic to the liver, which is why a whole food source is a great option.
More good news for your bones here, as well as your joints. Manganese is required for normal bone growth and is used in the formation of cartilage and the fluid that lubricates our joints.
Essential for people with iron-deficiency, anemia, and low energy.
We all know the benefit of fiber when it comes to pooping. Fiber is also essential for keeping our digestive track clean and protecting us from inflammatory diseases of the gut. Fiber helps control blood sugar and insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes.
MORE good news for those bones. Copper helps with the formation of bone and red blood cells. Sometimes, upping our vitamin C too much can result in a copper deficiency, so adding copper-rich foods is a good way to avoid this. Copper is also good for hair growth and mental health (fights crankiness, irritability and depression).
Sweet Potato Toast:
- 1-2 Sweet Potatoes
- Whatever toppings you want (seeds, nuts, avocado, nut butters, cacao nibs, figs, honey, black beans, cinnamon, smoked salmon, fried eggs, etc).
1.) Slice the sweet potato lengthwise as thinly as you can.
2.) Place the slices in your toaster for about 5 minutes or cooked through. I found they take more time than wheat bread.
3.) Top with whatever you like and enjoy!!
Enjoy SPT for lunch or dinner by making nachos with them. Top with black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, etc.
Chandalia, M., Garg, A., Lutjohann, D., von Bergmann, K., Grundy, S. M., & Brinkley, L. J. (2000, May 11). Beneficial effects of high dietary fiber intake in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. New England Journal of Medicine, 342(19), 1392-1398.
Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Nutritional Healing: Avery, 2006. Print.