Yesterday, in the Southern Cuisine post I displayed candied yams which are scrumptious and sweet. Rather souffled or candied; people top yams with pineapples or marshmallows. Today I decided to show you a great way to cut calories, be more health conscious and still add some sweetness and fun to this staple of the Southern Cuisine. I baked a sweet potato with its skin in the oven. Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium and beta-carotene which is an antioxidant which helps in treating and preventing cancer, and converts into Vitamin A once in the body. Both are good for the skin, improve eyesight, and boosts immunity. Beta-carotene combats free radicals which result in skin aging. My recipe for candied yams calls for the skin to be peeled off. However, sweet potatoes with the skin have additional nutrients besides Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and folate. Baking sweet potatoes with their skin has more fiber than a serving of oatmeal and it is also rich in iron. Instead of using butter and pineapples, I topped it with Cool Whip and sprinkled some cinnamon over it. It was delicious. I thought it might be helpful if I show you the differences in calories in 2 tablespoons of Cool Whip and 1 cup of mini-marshmallows.
Okay, I went a little overboard with the Cool Whip on my yam, but it was a holiday.