These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes are a vegetarian dream meal! The sweet potatoes get super creamy and caramelized when roasted, and their flavor pairs beautifully with Mexican spices.Plus, learn some easy ways to increase your vegetable consumption!
These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes are so fitting for Meatless Monday! As a Registered Dietitian, few things bring me more joy than helping people fill their plates with more vegetables. The USDA recommends we eat at least three cups of vegetables per day, but a majority of Americans (about 90 percent!) do not meet this recommendation.
Good nutrition is a proactive practice for better health outcomes throughout the life cycle. Plant focused diets have been associated with a plethora of health benefits, such as weight control, longevity, and reducing the risk of several chronic diseases. One of my favorite parts of my job is to educate people about this, and get them excited to eat more vegetables!
Benefits of a Plant-Focused Diet
Fruits and vegetables are full of powerful vitamins and minerals that we all need, as well as antioxidants for anti-inflammatory effects.
Plant foods are naturally low in calories and fat and rich in fiber, so they fill us up without consuming excess energy. This helps greatly with weight control!
Dietary patterns that are high in plant foods, like the Mediterranean diet, are associated with lower risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
Eating mostly plants is better for the environment! Plants use far less resources and produce lower emissions than animals. Take it one step further, and seek out locally grown produce to have the lowest environmental impact.
My favorite veggie burger company feels the same way about good nutrition! They are just as passionate about vegetables as any dietitian I know. They just created an incredible resource, called the Veggie Tracker, to help people adopt good nutrition habits for a lifetime.
The Veggie Tracker provides a platform where you can easily log your daily vegetable intake, with a goal of eating three cups of veggies per day. The website also includes tons of veggie-forward recipes and resources to help make these positive changes stick! When you sign-up, you’ll also receive a free e-book, a seven day meal plan, and have access to a private Facebook group monitored by a nutritionist! Plus, you’ll be eligible for some awesome prizes 🙂
Easy Ways to Increase Vegetable Consumption
Swap out half your spaghetti for zucchini noodles
Add spinach to a fruit smoothie
Use vegetables as a base for soups and stews
Try using cauliflower rice in stir fries, or use cauliflower pizza crust for pizzas
These stuffed sweet potatoes are a super easy way to turn any veggie skeptic into a veggie lover! The sweet potatoes are roasted to caramelized perfection, then stuffed with a delicious mixture of corn, bell pepper, green onion, and Dr. Praeger’s. These are AMAZING, and one of my absolute favorites! Add some quick guacamole and cilantro, and you have yourself a perfect plant-based meal.