Recently, I received a package from Smart Balance. The brand makes butter products and peanut butter with no hydrogenated oils and now they are supplementing their products with plant sterols which are supposed to be good for heart health. So while the product is still butter, it’s a healthier option.
I’m all for trying to find a better swap. We know that during the holidays we are probably going to make a dish with butter…it’s inevitable. This is our time of indulgence. However, why not help Santa (and maybe the elves) get a little healthier?
So what to make, what to make? We don’t use butter on our turkey… We don’t eat cookies for Thanksgiving and I have to admit I cheat a little when it comes to cookie baking (Pillsbury ready to bake dough???)
Well, I had a great idea when my friend Margery brought a delicious sweet potato dish for our dietetic intern Thanksgiving dinner! You know you’ll have a healthy Thanksgiving when 10 RDs (to be) are whipping up the meal
It was my first time making a turkey by myself and everyone said it was pretty good. I guess I’ll be able to host a Thanksgiving after all!
Margery’s dish was delicious and simple, and the worst ingredient? Butter. AH HA! I had my makeover dish.
I’m going to name this the Sweet Potato Toss
- 3 to 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 4 TBSP Smart Balance Blended Butter – melted
- 4 TBSP Maple Syrup – mixed with the melted butter
- 1/3 cup toasted pecans, chopped
- cinnamon to sprinkle
Roast your sweet potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil. Let cool for a few minutes. Toss with butter and maple syrup mixture and the toasted pecans (you cans use walnuts too). Sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish. If you like sweet potato casserole, then this is your lightened up version!
Sweet Potato Toss Download Recipe
My family doesn’t have a lot of sweet potato lovers, but I’ve converted my Mom and she loved these.
The ingredients are simple. Sweet potatoes are an obvious healthy choice due to their color and fiber. Maple syrup provides antioxidants, however you need to look for Pure Maple Syrup. Nuts or pecans add a nice crunch, some healthy fats, and a little protein. And the Smart Balance Butter!
The different between Smart Balance butter and regular butter is that it is made of butter and canola oil. It also supplies some Omega-3 Fatty Acids and plant sterols. Smart Balance remarks that the addition of these ingredients is what makes the butter heart healthy as opposed to regular butter which has a lot of saturated fat. It can be substituted in a 1 to 1 ratio with any recipe you have that requires butter. SUPER!!! No hard math for me
Maybe Santa and his elves will make this for their Christmas celebration?
Either way, these interns are happy!
How are you making your holidays healthier?
Disclaimer: FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own