Photo & Recipe From: Food Lion

It’s not really a secret that eating the way the Mediterraneans do helps with promoting weight loss and heart health. Current fast-paced modern living conditions make it very hard to stick to a healthy diet, especially during holiday celebrations. That’s why healthy Mediterranean recipes make a great option to your extended holiday menu.Sweet potatoes are delicious and a super way to get more Vitamin A! The big issue is that most recipes only have sweet potatoes that are slathered in butter, brown sugar and melted marshmallows. This is a healthier option to use the rich nutty undertones and Vitamin A and of sweet potatoes.

This Mediterranean Sweet Potato recipe has over a day’s worth of Vitamin A to help with bone health, eye health, and support for your immune system. As a huge bonus, sweet potatoes additionally have almost a 1/4 of your daily fiber! Meal options like this recipe, that follow a Mediterranean diet style have been proven to help you lose weight quicker. Use this amazing spin on sweet potatoes for a meal that is based in the Mediterranean diet lifestyle and tastes fantastic.

*In a single two-year study, individuals that followed a Mediterranean diet with reduced-calories lost on average of 9.7 lbs, versus an average of just over 6 lbs for those following a reduced-calorie low-fat diet. Shai I, et al. WeightLoss with a Low-Carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or LowFat Diet. New England Journal of Medicine, 2008.

 

Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes:

Servings: 4

• Four lrg sweet potatoes
• One (fifteen oz) can of chickpeas, drained
• Eight to ten cherry tomatoes, quartered
• Parsley, finely chopped as a garnish

 

Garlic Herb Sauce Portion:

• Half cup hummus
• Two tbsp lemon juice
• One tsp dried dill
• Two to three garlic cloves, minced
• One to two tbsp of whole milk or half & half
• Salt and pepper to your preferred taste

 

Directions:

First wash the sweet potatoes well. Then bake the sweet potatoes in a preheated four hundred degree oven for about one hr, or until soft.
Put the chickpeas on an aluminum foil or parchment paper lined 1/2 sheet pan and drizzle with two tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, plus salt and pepper. Roast in oven for about twenty to twenty five mins, or until slightly golden in color.
Combine the ingredients for the garlic herb sauce in a small bowl, then set it aside.
Cut potatoes in half and then use a spoon or fork to mash the cooked potato slightly. Top with quartered cherry tomatoes, roasted chickpeas, and finally drizzle them with the premade garlic herb sauce. Garnish the Mediterranean sweet potatoes with chopped parsley and serve immediately.