5 Quick and Easy-To-Make Sweet Potato Recipes

If you’re looking for some new way to cook your sweet potatoes, here are some recipes that will quickly become staples in your weekly menu.

By Perry Santanachote

If sweet potatoes aren’t already a part of your diet, it’s time to change that. These starchy, root vegetables are rich in fiber, minerals such as iron and calcium, as well as vitamin B and C.

Plus, they have a sweet flavor, so they’re not only good for you, but they taste good too. And because of their sugar-like sweetness, they’re the perfect ingredient for healthy meals—especially after workouts. Sweet potatoes are a healthy carb,” explains Leslie Bonci, MHP, RD, CSSD, founder of Active Eating Advice, and nutrition consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs. “They contain potassium, which is one of the main electrolytes lost in sweat, and carotenoids, which can aid in lung health.”

Looking for ways to add sweet potatoes into your weekly diet plan? Here are some healthy, creative, and easy-to-make sweet potato recipes that won’t mess up your nutrition—or your macros.

1. Sweet Potato Smoothie Recipe

This fruit-free smoothie packs a wallop of complex carbs while managing to keep the sugar to a minimum. Almond butter provides just enough protein while turmeric helps thwart inflammation. Prep the sweet potato the night before and your smoothie will be ready in minutes come morning.

Serves: 1 (16-ounce) serving
Prep time: 4 hours, 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 4 1/2 hours (including chill time)

Ingredients

    • 1 (6-ounce) sweet potato, peeled
    • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1 packet Revere Pre-Workout Energy
    • 2 tablespoons almond butter
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Instructions
  1. Cut sweet potato into large chunks and steam or boil until tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool then transfer to the freezer overnight or until solid cold, at least 4 hours.
  2. In a blender, combine frozen sweet potato with milk, Revere Pre-Workout Energy, almond butter cinnamon and turmeric. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1

(Amount per serving)
Calories: 334
Total Fat: 12g
Sat Fat: 1g
Sodium: 225mg
Carbs: 52g
Fiber: 9g
Sugar: 11g
Protein: 7g

sweet potato breakfast bowl

2. Sweet Potato Almond Butter Bowl

This is a great one to make the night before and eat before you leave for your morning cardio class. The berries and granola provide quick-digesting carbs to fuel your workout, and the Greek yogurt provides ample protein to prevent muscle breakdown.

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Ingredients

    • 1 (6-ounce) sweet potato, cleaned
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • Pinch of salt

Toppings:

    • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 1/4 cup fresh berries, rinsed
    • 1 tablespoon almond butter
    • 2 tablespoons granola
    • 1/2 teaspoon sunflower seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon cacao nibs
    • 1/4 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Pierce the potato all over with the tines of a fork, then place on a lined baking sheet and roast for 45-60 minutes, until soft.
  3. Remove potato from oven, let cool slightly then scoop flesh into a blender or food processor. Add almond milk, flax, vanilla, cinnamon and salt; blend until smooth.
  4. Transfer sweet potato mixture to a bowl (if making ahead, cover and refrigerate until ready then warm it up in the microwave before serving) and distribute toppings over it.
Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1


(Amount per serving)
Calories: 397
Total Fat: 15g
Sat Fat: 2g
Sodium: 182mg
Carbs: 49g
Fiber: 12g
Sugar: 14g
Protein: 16g

sweet potato energy balls

3. Sweet Potato Energy Bites Recipe

When you’ve only got less than an hour before your workout, pop a couple of these energy bites for just enough fuel to power you through. They’ll keep in the freezer for weeks so you can be sure to always have some on hand.

Serves: 16 (32 balls total, 2 balls per serving)
Prep time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Ingredients

    • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 5-6 ounces each), peeled and cut into large chunks
    • 3/4 cup rolled oats
    • 3/4 cup raw almonds
    • 2/3 cup chopped pitted Medjool dates
    • 1/4 cup almond butter
    • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
    • 1 packet Revere Pre-Workout Energy
    • 2 tablespoons tahini
    • 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup crushed pistachios and/or matcha powder, for coating

Instructions

  1. Place sweet potatoes in a steamer basket, set in a pot with at least 1 inch of water. Bring water to a boil and steam until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place oats and almonds in food processor and process until fine. Add sweet potato, dates, almond butter, flax seeds, Revere Pre-Workout Energy, tahini, coconut oil, cocoa and salt; pulse until mixture clumps together.
  3. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until firm.
  4. Using 1 tablespoon of mixture per ball, gently roll between the palms of your hands, then dredge in pistachios or matcha to coat. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, arranging balls on a parchment-lined tray. Keep stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Nutrition Facts


Serving size: 2

(Amount per serving)
Calories: 182
Total Fat: 10g
Sat Fat: 2g
Sodium: 24mg
Carbs: 18g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 8g
Protein: 5g

sweet potato toast

4. Sweet Potato Toast with Cottage Cheese Recipe

Avocado toast had its day in the sun; switch it up with this power-packed, delicious take on a breakfast favorite. Cottage cheese has healthy amounts of slow-digesting protein that fuels muscles for hours. When combined with sweet potato, the duo makes for a meal high in protein and carbs, while staying low in fat and fiber (which slow down digestion). If you want a little sweetness, drizzle on a bit of honey. It'll release slow, steady levels of glucose into your bloodstream—great for grueling endurance workouts that require plenty of readily available carbs.
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

    • 1 large (12-ounce) sweet potato, cleaned
    • Salt and black pepper, to taste
    • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
    • Olive oil cooking spray
    • 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese
    • 8 spears asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
    • Lemon zest, for garnish
    • Freshly cracked black pepper, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice potato lengthwise into ¼-inch slices (you should get at least 4 slices plus end pieces). Coat both sides of the slices with olive oil spray. Season with salt, pepper and thyme and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until edges crisp up.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile, steam asparagus until just tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Top each potato slice with 2 tablespoons cottage cheese, 2 asparagus spears, lemon zest and black pepper.
Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2

(Amount per serving)
Calories: 196
Total Fat: 0g
Sat Fat: 0g
Sodium: 420mg
Carbs: 40g
Fiber: 6g
Sugar: 11g
Protein: 9g

sweet potato turkey rolls

5. Sweet Potato Turkey Roll-Ups Recipe

By combining lean protein with complex carbohydrates, this pre-workout mini-meal provides amino acids to promote muscle growth and a slow-releasing source of energy.

Serves: 1
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

    • 3 ounces sweet potato, cut into 1/4-inch sticks
    • Olive oil cooking spray
    • Salt and black pepper, to taste
    • 4 slices roasted turkey deli meat
    • 1 lowfat mozzarella string cheese, halved lengthwise
    • 1/4 cup baby arugula
    • 1/4 bell pepper sliced into matchsticks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Coat sweet potato sticks with olive oil spray. Season with salt and pepper and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until tender.
  3. Remove sweet potato sticks from oven and let cool slightly.
  4. Stagger 2 slices of turkey meat so that they overlap in the middle. Place half the sweet potato, half the string cheese, half the arugula and half the bell pepper on the turkey and tightly roll it up like a wrap. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1

(Amount per serving)
Calories: 377
Total Fat: 5g
Sat Fat: 2g
Sodium: 209mg
Carbs: 25g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 6g
Protein: 56g

 

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