Sweet Potatoes

Just because sweet potatoes have a delicious sugary taste doesn’t mean that they’re bad for you.  They are grown in warm, temperate climates.  These root vegetables contain good amounts of vitamin A and some vitamin C.  They’re a great anti-inflammatory food.  The beta carotenes found in the orange colored sweet potatoes are good for immunity and the eyes.  The purple variety has strong antioxidant properties.  Plus, the sugar in the sweet potato is released slowly into the blood stream so the body won’t experience a spike in blood sugar.

In Indian tradition the sacral chakra or svadhisthana is equated with the orange color.  They say that if you consume orange foods it helps open up the sacral chakra.  This can bring about strength, vitality, and creativity.  If you would like to be revitalized forget the french fries, cut up a sweet potato into wedges and bake it in the oven.

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Pumpkins

It’s autumn, that means pumpkins galore.  They’re not just for carving, pumpkins have a lot of great health benefits, and I’m not talking about the pie.  Pumpkins are contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and beta carotene which is a source of vitamin A and an antioxidant.  The pumpkin seeds contain amino acids used to make hormones in the body and can also help with cholesterol.  So when you go to the store to get the jack o’lantern buy an extra pumpkin to consume.

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