Are you looking for something different to try tonight? Do you want an amazing side to go with herb-roasted chicken? We have the answer for you right here. Sweet potato curry is sure to please your palate and makes a great side dish to go with chicken or steak.
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RED SWEET POTATO CURRY
According to Livestrong, the Red/purple-fleshed sweet potatoes have been found to have more antioxidants and nutrients than the other varieties. They tend to be creamier and slightly sweeter in my opinion. You can use any of the varieties of sweet potato in this recipe. Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of nutrition and are low in calories, another bonus is zero, zilch, no cholesterol. Add some herbs or yogurt and you have a healthy side dish or an amazing main dish.
Brown Rice vs White Rice
While both are grains and are a great addition to your meal plan. Brown rice wins in the nutrition dept. and is a better fit for a healthier diet. Let's break down some quick nutrition facts and see why brown rice is the ultimate winner.
According to Very Well Fit, one of my favorite places to get nutrition information from, a cup of white rice has only .4 grams of fat, .6 grams of fiber, 242 calories 4.4 grams of protein, and 53.2 grams of carbs. Not too bad really. White rice is a good source of fiber and is gluten-free. Rice can serve as a good source of B vitamins (including thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin) and iron. Rice is also an excellent source of manganese and magnesium. Adding rice to your diet will help you get the vitamins and nutrients you need to feel healthy and full of energy.
Brown rice is a whole grain and has significantly more fiber than its white counterpart. 3 grams per cup. 5 grams of protein up almost 1 gram from a cup of white rice. Brown rice provides more vitamins than white rice.3 In addition to thiamin and magnesium, brown rice contains selenium, which influences thyroid function and is important in antioxidant processes.
On the myWW purple plan brown rice is one of the zero point foods and now you know why it is very healthy and when eaten in moderation. To make this meal with the points listed omit the peanuts as a garnish and use cauli-rice instead of white or brown rice. I find it just as delicious and filling.
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Tips for success
- mindset: this isn't a diet, don't let yourself feel deprived. Eat your points!
- tracking: I track everything, even zero point foods
- portion control: this is on my fridge to keep me mindful
- persistence: I wrote this poem about never giving up
- planning: I use meal plans and freezer cooking often
- support: I'm in my WW Facebook group daily
Zero-point food lists with calories and protein.
I am a big fan of the myWW plans. I have been successful in losing weight using their ideas and approaches. I have had to modify my routine and track more than just points to ensure that I am getting all of the nutrition I need. I created a chart of the zero-point foods that included calories, protein content, and fiber for each serving of the zero-point foods. I created a list for each of the new plans and you can even download the list for free 🙂
How to do Weight Watchers for less
- cost: iTrackBites costs $36 for the year (using this link for 40% off makes it $36 – use COACH_SMILEY to save!!), WW is $20+ for the month, and it's the same formula and less options
- choices: I can choose PointsPlus, Freestyle, or any other plan I want with iTrackBites. Even with the new WW changes, they only offer 3 plan options (not PointsPlus).
- logs: You can export your tracker data by the week, month, or quarter with iTrackBites. WW does not give you access to quarterly data.
- accuracy: I've found inaccurate info in the WW app due to members submitting and not paying attention to the right numbers. With iTrackBites, I know if I see the green check, it's been verified as accurate. This puts my mind at ease!
BLUE PLAN: 5 Points
GREEN PLAN: 5 Points
PURPLE PLAN: 3 Points
2 tsp. coconut oil
1 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp. Thai red curry paste
2 red sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
14oz. (400g) can chopped tomatoes
1 cup (240ml) vegetable stock ( I use Swanson Vegetable cooking Stock)
¼ cup (65g) smooth natural peanut butter (I use 4 tbsp of PB2 and 3 tbsp of water)
½ cup (120ml) canned coconut milk, light
juice of 1 lime
3 cups (480g) cooked white rice (calculated separately) you can use cauli-rice or omit the rice altogether)
¼ cup (30g) peanuts, chopped (optional for garnish)
Heat the coconut oil over medium heat in a large pan.
Add the onion and cook for around 5 minutes until soft.
Next add the garlic and red curry paste and stir well.
Add the sweet potatoes, chopped tomatoes, vegetable broth, and season with salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender.
In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter and coconut milk.
Pour into the pan and stir well to combine.
Remove from the heat, squeeze in lime juice, mix well, and serve over cooked rice.
Garnish with the chopped peanuts and coriander. (optional) (calculated separately)
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup