Our honey and kefir stuffed sweet potatoes are a simple way to combine together delectable and wholesome flavors, perfect for either a holiday side dish or as a satisfying snack. We used a local Chicago honey from Chicago Honey CO-OP as a way to embody the Thanksgiving spirit of support and gratitude for the local community. After all, the best memories are shared through good food!
Honey contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which can help support and improve the digestive system and boost immunity. Even more, it has antiseptic properties that can inhibit the growth of certain kinds of bacteria. Finally, it contains antimicrobial properties that can help fight bacteria that cause sore throats.
A one cup serving of sweet potato (cooked, with the skin on) contains:
- More than four times the RDA of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) – vitamin A is crucial for eye health, as well as a strong immune system and healthy bone development.
- 35% of daily recommended amount vitamin C. Vitamin C not only supports immune health, it also helps the body make collagen, which is used throughout the body for tissue and ligament repair (and more!)
- About half of the RDA of manganese – manganese helps regulate blood sugar and supports the proper function of the thyroid (which can help keep your weight in check).
- A good dose of magnesium – magnesium supports heart and blood vessel health (as well as quite a few other things), but it also promotes relaxation and helps combat stress and anxiety.
- They’re also a good source of potassium, vitamin D, vitamin B6, and biotin. Add that to the four grams of heart-healthy fiber and nearly three grams of protein.
- 1 cup Natural Kefir Cup
- 2 sweet potatoes
- handful of walnuts
- 2 tbsp of hemp seeds
- ¼ tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg
- additional toppings: 1-2 tbsp local honey
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare sweet potatoes by piercing each sweet potato with a fork a few times. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Once done, cut the sweet potatoes in half and let cool slightly.
- Using a fork, slightly separate the flesh from the skin of the potato. Even distribute the kefir cup and the other toppings among the sweet potato halves.
- Mix together and serve.