Wellbeing, Mood, & Sweet Potatoes!

No worries, you read the title correctly. Ever wondered if sweet potatoes should have a month? Well, if that thought ever crossed your mind, you’re in luck—February is national sweet potato month! With this post, I’m looking forward to telling you how to celebrate J.

I’m sure we have all heard of the term superfood before. Not a term commonly used by expert nutritionists, dieticians, scientists, and more professionals in the health science field[s], but nonetheless a term used to describe foods that are rich in their nutrients that have certain and particular health benefits. Sweet potatoes are considered to be a vegetable in that superfood category. But what actually makes superfoods so… well, super? Nothing! Most fruits, vegetables, and foods in general are already nutritionally dense, particularly in their unprocessed state. Food is meant to be both physically and emotionally satisfying. Food impacts wellbeing, so a personal and healthy relationship with food is crucial. At the end of the day, you don’t have to consume super foods in order to be super!

When there is an unhealthy relationship with food it can influence and impact mood. There are many foods which are associated with mood-lifting properties. Foods that are especially recognized for having a positive effect and regulation on mood sweet potatoes (Sanches et al., 2018). Moreover, there are many health benefits that come with eating sweet potatoes. Can you believe that enjoying one medium sized sweet potato will provide you with over 200% of your daily intake of vitamin A? Vitamin A is critical for the health of our eyes, skin, and even teeth! Sweet potatoes also have a high fiber content that slows the release of sugar in our bodies and blood stream, which aids in keeping blood sugar steady.

Want to know some cool recipes for sweet potato intake?

Stuffed Sweet Potato

  1. Microwave a medium sized sweet potato on high for about 4-6 minutes.
  2. Cut off the top fourth of the potato and scoop out the inside.
  3. Blend the inside of the potato with a splash of skim milk, a spoonful of maple syrup, and a dash {or whatever your heart desires} of pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Stuff the mixture back into the sweet potato shell & enjoy — sprinkle with some chopped pecans for a crunch and some extra flavor if desired. J

Grill Master

  1. Wash.
  2. Leave peel on, cut into wedges.
  3. Marinate low-sodium teriyaki sauce.
  4. Grill until tender.
  5. Enjoy! J

Silva, A. S., Sánchez-Machado, D. I., López-Cervantes, J., & Nabavi, S. M. (2018). The influence of some foods in mood regulation. In E. Sobarzo-Sánchez & S. M. Nabavi (Eds.), Psychiatric and mood diseases and the natural compounds: An approach to the future medical tool. (pp. 115–137). Nova Biomedical Books

Written by: Abrea, 2021 Undergraduate Intern

Want to talk to someone who can help? If you would like to speak to a professional counselor or psychologist about this or other negative thoughts and are in the Chicagoland area, please feel free to contact Olive Branch Counseling Associates, Inc. at 708-633-8000. We are located at 6819 West 167th Street in Tinley Park, Illinois 60477.

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