Sweet potatoes are so good for you, you can eat one every day. They're gluten-free, low-sodium, low-fat, no cholesterol, and loaded with valuable fiber, vitamins and minerals. Here are 10 reasons to love them:

  • Vitamin A: Key nutrient for eye health, skin and immune system.
  • Vitamin C: Helps boost the immune system and provide healthy, glowing skin.
  • Fiber: Helps with digestion and gut health.
  • Lower impact on blood sugar than other starchy vegetables.
  • Iron: Supports red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.
  • Beta-carotene: Great for your immune system.
  • Calcium: Boosts your bone health.
  • Potassium: Helps control blood pressure.
  • Cancer-fighting nutrients: May help slow tumor growth.
  • Always in season.

Roasted Almond Sweet Potatoes

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

3 tablespoons olive oil

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4 large garlic cloves, minced

⅓ cup fresh thyme leaves, plus 6 thyme sprigs for garnish

½ teaspoon kosher salt, optional

½ cup slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cubed sweet potatoes, olive oil, garlic, thyme and salt, if desired, and toss. Arrange potato slices into a single layer on a heavyweight rimmed baking sheet or in a 9-by-13-inch baking sheet. Place on the top rack of the oven and roast until tender and slightly browned, about 40 minutes.

On another baking sheet, spread out the slivered almonds in a single layer. Place in the oven and toast just until they become aromatic, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and remove from baking sheet to allow to cool.

To serve, place roasted sweet potato mixture in a serving bowl. Top with toasted almonds and serve.

Recipe adapted from Almond Board of California

Emily McMillan is a registered dietitian for Hy-Vee stores in Rochester. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.