A-Z of foods: S is for sweet potato


Sweet potatoes are often a favourite with children, as they have a bright orange colour and a soft gooey texture when baked or pureed. Weight for weight, they provide roughly the same amount of carbs as regular potatoes, but this sweet variety counts towards your five-a-day fruit and vegetable intake. They contain potassium and vitamin A.

Check out these 3 ways to enjoy sweet potato:

1. Crisp it. If you want a healthier version of potato chips, try this easy recipe.

2. Microwave it. Sweet potatoes cook quickly in the microwave - around 5 minutes, depending on the size. Remember to pierce it first.

3. Wedge it. Sweet potato wedges in their skins bring you all the fibre and vibrant colour, and are a healthy alterative to fries. Wash and cut a scrubbed sweet potato into wedges, drizzle with olive oil, add a little season and oven-bake till cooked. You can cut them into fun coin shapes instead of wedges for the children if you prefer.