Thursday, February 9, 2012

More than it Appears

My daughter had sweet potatoes for lunch today!  When I say that, it probably sounds like I simply gave her some sweet potatoes for lunch, no big deal.  But actually, I had a lot hiding in that little bowl of orange pureed potatoes.  I jam-packed it full of essential nutrients to promote her optimal growth and development.  I melted a delicious helping of grass-fed butter into them, crumbled an egg yolk on top, sprinkled in plenty of flax seeds and some cinnamon, and poured in some whole, raw milk just before I pureed it into a perfectly smooth consistency.  All she saw and tasted was her favorite sweet potatoes, but the nutritional content of what she got was more than meets the eye...

Sweet Potato:
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin B6
  • Potassium
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B3

Grass Fed Butter:
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin D
  • vitamin K
  • vitamin E
  • Lecithin
  • Omega-6 and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
  • Glycosphingolipids
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid
-vitamin A is more easily absorbed and utilized from butter than from other source!
-it's important to have some fat in your sweet potato if you want to enjoy the full beta-carotene benefits.

Raw milk:
  • High In Vitamins - Including B12 
  • All 22 Essential Amino Acids
  • Natural Enzymes - Including Lactase 
  • Natural Probiotics 
  • Good Fatty Acids

Organic, pastured egg yolk:
  • protein
  • fat
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • phosphorus
  • potassium
  • sodium
  • zinc
  • copper
  • manganese
  • selenium
  • thiamin
  • riboflavin
  • niacin
  • pantothenic acid
  • B6
  • folate
  • B12
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin E
  • vitamin D
  • vitamin K
  • DHA and AA (long chain essential fatty acids)
  • carotenoids

Flax seed:
  • omega 3 fatty acids
  • manganese
  • thiamin (vitamin B1)
  • fiber
  • mangesium
  • tryptophan
  • phosphorus
  • copper

did you know cinnamon has health benefits?  it does!
  • Excellent source of manganese and fiber and a very good source of calcium.
  • Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
  • Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria
  • One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
  • It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  • Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar.

Not bad for a seemingly simple bowl of sweet potatoes, right?

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