Looking for a deliciously nutritious fall treat? Let me introduce you to your new go-to autumn dessert: healthy baked apples filled with lightly sweetened sweet potatoes. The best part? It’s a breeze to prepare, with just six basic ingredients: sweet potatoes, apples, maple syrup, olive oil, cinnamon, and pecans. C’est un régal! (So delicious!)
And for all you ladies out there, take note: this sweet potato treat is an ideal addition to your diet during your luteal phase. Loaded with complex carbohydrates, sweet potatoes can help keep your energy levels steady and cravings at bay, which is specifically helpful the week before your period.
Why eat sweet potatoes during your luteal phase?
Sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates, which consist of long chains of sugar molecules. Their unique composition leads to a gradual digestion process, unlike the quick breakdown of simple carbohydrates (like sugars). As a result, sweet potatoes offer a steady, controlled release of glucose into the bloodstream. This helps to stabilizes blood sugar levels, preventing abrupt spikes and crashes that can trigger mood swings, irritability, and cravings that most of us are prone to the week before our period.
Additionally, complex carbohydrates are generally more filling than simple carbohydrates, helping to provide a sense of fullness and satisfaction, which can reduce the urge to snack on sugary or high-calorie foods that may worsen premenstrual cravings.
Sweet potatoes are also a great source of dietary fiber. For instance, one medium sweet potato contains about 3.8 grams of dietary fiber, 15% of your daily recommended value.
It is also rich in vitamin C, B6, potassium, and vitamin A. Vitamin A has a significant impact on maintaining healthy eyes, a strong immune system, and keeping your skin looking its best.
A few notes before you start making your healthy baked apples!
While I include maple syrup in this recipe to add a touch more sweetness, you don’t need to use it. You can swap it out for other sweeteners like honey, brown sugar, or leave it out altogether.
Don’t skip the cinnamon or vanilla extract, though, as these spices enhance the taste of the sweet potato stuffing and give it that delicious fall-like flavor that will leave you wanting more.
I highly recommend pecans, but walnuts can serve as a good substitute. If you have a nut allergy, toasted pumpkin seeds are also a great option.
When selecting apples, opt for larger ones that you can easily core to create space for the stuffing. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or even Fuji apples all work well in this recipe.Print
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