Homemade soup just feels like an accomplishment even though many are quick and easy to make. Sweet Potato Chowder comes together very fast, is truly delicious and the main ingredient is a nutritional powerhouse. The trickiest part about making this creamy delight is actually a Veteran Move used in a lot of soups, using your blender (or food processor) just before you’re ready to serve to give it a thick, velvety creaminess without actually adding any cream!
This soup’s key ingredient, sweet potatoes, sound sinful if you’re someone working on weight control. Sounds like there’s a lot of sugar if sweet is in the name right? But, unlike those other true sugar and starch bombs with a similar name, sweet potatoes are actually really good for you. A significant portion of their starch is the good-for-you ‘resistant’ kind which your body won’t digest or absorb while it promotes improved fat burning after the meal. And, sweet potatoes are also high in fibre. They burn slow in your metabolism and won’t spike blood sugar or insulin levels. In fact, you’ll get more than a quarter of the fibre you need daily in a cup of this soup.
A cup of sweet potatoes, essentially a serving of this wonderful soup, also contains half your daily requirement of Vitamin C and 4 times your requirement for Vitamin A. Both of these crucial vitamins are critical antioxidants which protect your body from the challenges of aging and related disease. They are also essential supports for your immune system and Vitamin A is a key to maintaining healthy skin, vision and organ function. You also get up to a third of your daily requirement for a variety of important B vitamins.
Eating sweet potatoes has been shown to fight inflammation at the cellular level. Inflammation has been linked to obesity, Type-2 Diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. Purple sweet potatoes are more powerful than their orange counterparts but this soup is still an anti-inflammatory gem.
A cup of sweet potatoes contains double the amount of potassium as a medium sized banana. Potassium is a sodium and fluid sponge taking it out of the blood stream thereby reducing blood pressure and lowering strain on your heart. A great mineral, especially for older adults, but less than 5% of the population eats enough of it daily.
Just sauté some onions, celery and garlic, add some spices, chopped sweet potatoes and vegetable stock, let it all simmer and you’ll be ready for your blender, kitchen Veteran Tool #4.
Start to finish, maybe half an hour!
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