This post is sponsored by the North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Looking for a simple starter that will impress your guests? Look no further than my Sweet & Spicy Airfryer Sweetpotato Bites! This sweetpotato starter is perfect for parties or any other occasion. Best of all, it’s simple to make!
February is National Sweetpotato Month and also my favorite month because it’s my birthday month! Since it is the shortest month of the year, it seems like a free pass to celebrate the entire month, don’t you agree? Sweetpotatoes are one of my all-time favorite vegetables. From sweetpotato pies to pancakes to fries and everything in between, I love sweetpotatoes and can eat them anytime, anywhere.
I want to show sweetpotatoes some love this year. Let’s start by recognizing that sweetpotato is one word. It is. A sweetpotato is far different than “a sweet potato”, which sounds weird when you think about it. Sweetpotatoes are also so different from potatoes in a lot of ways, especially when it comes down to cooking. Sweetpotato starch is similar to cornstarch, which means it’s more stable when cooked. Sweetpotatoes also contain an enzyme that when heated converts some of the starches to sugars, giving them that deep, sweet flavor.
Sweetpotatoes offer a range of benefits that contribute to overall heart health. One cup of cooked sweetpotatoes contains:
Beta-carotene is the precursor to vitamin A. Vitamin A is crucial for heart health. It acts as an antioxidant, helping to prevent oxidative stress and inflammation, which are both associated with heart disease.
Vitamin C helps supports the synthesis of collagen, which is important for healthy blood vessels.
Vitamin B6 is involved in various metabolic processes, including regulating levels of homocysteine. Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with an increased risk of stroke. Additionally, vitamin B6 supports the formation of red blood cells, which are essential for oxygen transport.
Sweetpotatoes are best paired with a little bit of spice. While there is plenty of hot honey on the market, whipping together this homemade hot honey in less than 5 minutes is a surefire way to impress your guests.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Sweet & Spicy Airfryer Sweetpotato Bites:
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