Friday, March 4, 2011

Yams on my Salad

Why are we only eating Yams in November?  You can buy them year-round.  Sweet potatoes are good too, but I'm referring to the orange ones.  Yams are a superfood, and I'll tell you why.  Aside from containing Vitamin C, potassium, iron, folate, fiber and calcium, they contain B vitamins; particularly B6, which helps in the breakdown of a chemical substance in your blood called homocysteine (an amino acid) Google it.  We need lots of B6 to break down this amino acid which can increase the risk of heart disease.  B6 can also improve the symptoms of PMS.  Way cool.  Did I forget to mention Yams are very low in saturated fat, salt, cholesterol? Sorry.  Recipe below.

**Did you know your brain and palate love hot and cold together?  Just the same as we love sweet and salty together.  It's a match made in heaven.  Next time you are at the supermarket, pick up a few yams and serve them warm on a green salad.  Ditch the boxed mac & cheese and try this delightful salad as your side dish. Yum yum!

In my salad:
Chopped green leaf lettuce or romaine
Chopped kale (yes kale, for calcium, yay!)
Dried cranberries
Slivered almonds
Warm, cubed yam
Throw in some Edamame for protein, you bet! 
Any other veggies you want to add, go for it!
Light balsamic vinagrette

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