Cuban Sweet Potatoes for Fasting

A great intermittent fasting meal is Cuban Sweet Potatoes. If you’ve cut back your regular intake and are looking for a great fasting meal or a workout meal, this is one you can’t go past. It’s simple, delicious and full of carbs to help your body refuel its energy levels and build bulk after your fast. For those on the go, its relatively quick preparation time means minimum interference in your busy day.

Ingredients: (to serve two people)
1 to 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
40mL olive oil, extra virgin is best
1 medium clove of garlic, diced or minced
10millitres freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Fine sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 200° C.  Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper, and set to one side.
In a medium sized bowl, mix the quartered & peeled sweet potatoes with half olive oil, seasoning lightly with salt & pepper.  Spread onto the baking tray, and bake until the sweet potatoes can be pierced with a butter knife but still offer a little resistance (about 20 to 30 minutes).
Allow to cool for 15 minutes
In a large bowl, mix the sweet potatoes with the remaining ingredients. Season to taste.
Best served at room temperature, but can be eaten still warm

Benefits for fasters:
Sweet potato is high in complex carbohydrates, which is where your body derives the energy it needs from. If you’ve just fasted, your energy reserves may be low, especially if you’ve been active. As a workout food, it’s excellent because your body will be craving the extra energy the sweet potatoes can provide.

The parsley isn’t just there for decoration, either. If you’re new to fasting meals, you might find that an intermittent fast leaves you feeling run down and that’s when you’re susceptible to colds and minor ailments. (It’s nothing to worry about, just your body adjusting to the new regime). Parsley helps boost your auto-immune system, and it’s also full of anti-oxidants.

Always choose organic ingredients wherever possible. Your local produce market is a great place to start; there’s nothing in this recipe that you wouldn’t find at your community market and by shopping with the grower, you can make sure the product is not chemically treated for pests or subject to genetic modification.

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