Thursday, November 24

Happy Turkey (or Tofurkey) Day!

Just returned from one of my favorite workouts - TRX!! Now I have plenty of room for extra calories. (But not TOO many extra;)

If you follow my blog you know my family Thanksgiving is light on turkey and heavy on rigatoni. Add to that pumpkin pie and wine and you've got a 1000 calorie meal (!) But at least I can feel good about the nutritional value of my appetizer - agave mashed sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A (betacarotene) and Vitamins C which are powerful antioxidants and B5 and B6 which contribute to fat loss. In addition, sweet potatoes are surprisingly low in calories, containing only 100 calories per potato. In that same potato you will get 13% of your daily allowance of potassium, 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. And the 26 grams of carbs will give you enough energy to get through your Black Friday shopping:)

2 lbs. sweet potatoes (about 5 small)
3 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup cream or milk
1/4 cup amber agave nectar

Peel and chop sweet potatoes into uniform cubes. Steam or boil until tender. Strain from water if boiled
Place cooked sweet potatoes and butter into a large bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed beat for approximately 2 minutes. With a spatula, scrape down sides of bowl, add cinnamon and nutmeg. Continue beating for 1 minute. Slowly pour in cream, continue beating until combined. Add amber agave nectar, mix until well incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with Chives and serve with crackers or a sliced baguette.

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