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Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Vanilla ENU

While sweet potatoes are notorious for their place in traditional Thanksgiving casseroles, these nutrient-rich vegetables deserve a spot at your table-year round. A naturally sweet root vegetable, the bright-orange flesh signifies its high beta-carotene content. A potent antioxidant that can help lower inflammation, beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in our bodies. This root veggie is also packed with calcium, potassium and vitamin C. With 4 grams of fiber in one medium (5 inch long) sweet potato, sweet potatoes digest more slowly in our bodies and may help with blood sugar regulation.

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In this recipe, apples give the sweet potato mash a new twist. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of fresh ginger add extra flavor and nutrition. I used Vanilla ENU to make a smooth and creamy consistency, while providing a protein boost to an otherwise low-protein dish. A nice accompaniment to a meal, you can prepare this dish ahead of time and reheat when ready to serve.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Vanilla ENU

Makes 6 servings



  • 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 large apple
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup ENU Vanilla



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and apples and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  3. Toss together sweet potatoes, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, ginger and olive oil.
  4. Place in oven-safe pan and bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes and apples are soft.
  5. Transfer mixture to a bowl, add ENU and use hand mixer or potato masher to blend until smooth.


Nutrition information per serving: 223 calories, 8 grams protein, 6.3 grams fat (1.1 grams saturated fat), 42 grams carbohydrate, 4.9 grams fiber

For a higher calorie and protein boost, divide into 4 servings instead. This provides 334 calories and 12 grams of protein per serving.


Alissa Rumsey RD, CDN, CNSC, CSCS

Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC, CSCS is a registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning coach with a private practice in New York City. You can follow her on Twitter @AlissaRumseyRD or visit her website at

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