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Recipe of the month: Sweet Potatoes with spicy black beans

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Sweet Potatoes with Warm Black Bean Salad

  • Cook: 15 m
  • Ready In: 25 m
Recipe By: Susan Herr, EATING WELL, click here for full article
“For a satisfying last-minute supper, it’s hard to beat a sweet potato zapped in the microwave. The fragrant filling of beans and tomatoes adds protein. Be sure to eat the skin, which is full of fiber, as well.”

Ingredients

    • 4 medium sweet potatoes
    • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
    • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  • Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Microwave on High until tender all the way to the center, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425°F until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.)
  • Meanwhile, in a medium microwaveable bowl, combine beans, tomatoes, oil, cumin, coriander and salt; microwave on High until just heated through, 2 to 3minutes. (Alternatively, heat in a small saucepan over medium heat.)
  • When just cool enough to handle, slash each sweet potato lengthwise, press open to make a well in the center and spoon the bean mixture into the well. Top each with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro.

Friday Fun Fact

Ounce for ounce, kiwis pack the biggest nutritional punch of any fruit in your produce aisle. They have twice the vitamin C of an orange, and they’re another high-potassium, low-salt alternative to bananas. They’re packed with other vitamins, minerals, and heart-healthy nutrients, too.

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National Stay Hydrated Day

The human body contains more than 60 percent water. Maintaining that balance while training, or playing (especially outside in the sun) is a challenge, doing it during the summer months is a practice that must be consistent. Becoming overheated or dehydrated can lead to heat stroke and possibly death.

There are ways to help prevent dehydration. Being hydrated before a workout even begins is important. If you are under-hydrated before you start it is hard to catch up once the sweating starts.  Drink plenty of fluids throughout the training. These can include sports drinks which contain electrolytes (Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium and Potassium) to replenish the essential minerals the body loses through perspiration.  Just watch the sugar content!  Another good choice is to have water with a health snack like a handful of trail mix, that will give you the vitamins and minerals, as well some quick and longer-term energy to keep you in the game.

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