7 Toppings That Will Make Your Baked Sweet Potato Amazeballs
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2016
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As the temperatures dip, nothing tempts our taste buds more than belly-warming comfort foods. Enter the baked sweet potato, a nutritious and delicious way to get your carb fix. Sweet potatoes come packed with vitamin A, which nourishes your eyes and maintains a strong immune system. They’re also loaded with heart-healthy potassium and dietary fiber to keep you feeling full longer. And while a sweet potato is good on its own, why enjoy it plain when you can upgrade it with creative toppings? Here are seven baked sweet potato recipes to keep your winter comfort-food game strong.
In terms of cool-weather comfort food, chili is tough to beat. The combo of hearty beans, savory vegetables and warming spices is the perfect way to defrost after coming in from the cold. This sweet potato includes the flavors of traditional chili without all the fuss. It packs in serious nutrition from generous servings of veggies and vegetarian-friendly protein in the form of black beans. It’s also particularly high in magnesium, which helps increase energy and metabolism.
Related: Chili Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Recipe
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CILANTRO-LIME GREEK YOGURT
If you’re craving a traditional baked potato with sour cream, this is the healthy upgrade for you! Switching to a sweet potato means you’ll get more fiber than you would with a white or red potato, and opting for an herbed Greek yogurt topping adds more protein (and less fat) than sour cream without sacrificing tanginess. Lime and cilantro brighten up the yogurt topping, complementing the earthy deliciousness of the sweet potato. Adjust the herbs to suit your taste: If you’re not a fan of cilantro, try fresh basil or mint instead.
Related: Baked Sweet Potato with Cilantro-Lime Greek Yogurt Recipe
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Seasoned baked potatoes don’t need to be fancy to taste great, and this chai-spiced version proves it takes only a few minutes to upgrade a ho-hum baked potato to one that bursts with flavor. Chai spices pair perfectly with sweet potato’s natural sugars, and a drizzle of honey adds complexity to the dish. Simply adding spices to your meal offers several health benefits too. Spices add antioxidants -- nutrients that protect your DNA, cell membranes and proteins from damaging free radicals -- along with manganese, which helps regulate blood sugar. If you’re limiting your sugar intake, omit the honey and add a drop of coconut oil instead.
Related: Chai Spiced Baked Sweet Potato Recipe
SPICED ALMOND BUTTER
We never need much convincing to eat almond butter, and this crunchy, creamy twist on a baked sweet potato is our new weeknight staple. Almond butter not only supplies vegan protein and healthy fats, but also adds copper -- a mineral important for brain function -- to your meal. Chopped almonds provide additional fiber and protein content. You’ll get the best results if you use an all-natural almond butter instead of a processed one with added sugar. Not only is all-natural almond butter healthier for you, but it also tends to have a thinner consistency for easier drizzling.
Related: 5. Almond Spice Baked Sweet Potato Recipe
COTTAGE AND CHEDDAR CHEESE
Love cheese? This recipe is meant for you. We use two types of cheese -- cottage cheese and cheddar -- to infuse your sweet potato with high-quality, complete protein (perfect for post-workout muscle repair). The cheese also adds calcium for healthy bones, zinc for a strong immune system and selenium for antioxidant protection. Using a twice-baked method means you’ll get lots of cheesy flavor in every bite. It also gives the cheddar time to get perfectly melted and bubbly on top. Reach for lower-sodium cottage cheese to limit your intake of salt. You won’t sacrifice flavor, but you’ll cut down on sodium for better cardiovascular health.
Related: Cheesy High-Protein Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Recipe
Creamy, citrusy and packed with flavor from the fresh herbs, this sweet potato proves that your side can be seriously cheesy while still maintaining some sophistication. Low-fat ricotta retains the full-fat version’s creamy texture (minus the extra calories) and adds plenty of protein to this side dish. Lemon juice and zest add vitamin C for stronger immunity and healthier skin, while fresh basil makes the lemon’s brightness really pop. Serve these sweet potatoes drizzled with a high-quality olive oil. The oil not only adds extra richness, but also helps your body absorb the vitamin A in the sweet potato.
Related: Lemon Ricotta Baked Sweet Potato Recipe
HARISSA AND CHICKPEAS
’Tis the season for spice, and opting for harissa -- a chili-pepper paste infused with garlic and oil -- makes this sweet potato side dish seriously on trend. Harissa has a naturally smoky flavor that adds complexity to the sweet potato. It also infuses your side dish with enough garlic to make it completely irresistible. The twice-baked cooking method makes it easy to get plenty of harissa flavor in every bite, and the addition of chickpeas adds satisfying texture, fiber and plant-based protein. Look for harissa paste at your local gourmet grocery store. But if you can’t find it, use sriracha instead.
Related: Smoky Harissa Chickpea Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Recipe
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