I found this recipe on the web site of a Pilates studio in Portland where I sometimes take classes. Studio Blue is an awesome little studio in NW Portland, and they have recently began offering classes specifically for runners. I found this recipe that involves sweet potatoes, and here is what the studio had to say about this root vegetable:
But the root vegetables’ benefits are more than skin deep: Sweet potatoes are full of potassium, which can help repair and replenish sore muscles after a workout. They’re also a powerful source of resistant starch, a unique fiber that “resists” digestion in the body and helps increase calorie burn. One study found that replacing just 5.4% of total carbohydrate intake with resistant starch created a 20-30% increase in fat burning after a meal.
Who knew? I knew sweet potatoes were a power food but didn't realize how great they were! Here is what I made:
Sweet Potato and Chicken-Sausage Bake
|Start with slicing sweet potatoes into 1 inch pieces|
|cut up fully cooked chicken sausage into one inch pieces|
|cut up cauliflower|
|mix sweet potatoes and sausage, sprinkle with oil, add oregano, salt and pepper and bake for 30 minutes|
|After baking the sausage/sweet potatoe mixture for 30 minutes, add cauliflower and bake for 20 more minutes|
I really liked the combination of these 'super foods'. I didn't realize the full benefits of sweet potatoes either! I would eat this if I was a runner or not!