#FitAtWork: Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo’s sweet potato recipe makes for easy, healthy work lunch

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss USA 2012 during the Miss USA pageant, Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Las Vegas. Culpo shared an easy sweet potato recipe that would make for an easy and healthy office lunch. (AP Photo/Darren Decker, Miss Universe Organization)

You can get flawless skin on your office lunch break with this easy sweet potato meal.

Take it from Miss USA, she has a recipe.

The beauty queen from Rhode Island recently told Shape Magazine that she loves sweet potatoes. She shared a healthy and easy sweet potato recipe that would make for a great lunch during the workday, too. And her recipe is microwavable!


“I cook them (the sweet potatoes) in the oven, take off the skin, and then mash them. You can also put them in the microwave, which is really easy,” she said. “I top them with cayenne pepper and a little salt … but not too much. Greek yogurt on top is also delicious,” she said in the interview with Shape.

Cayenne pepper has zero calories, so be generous if you like a little spicy flavor. Follow Miss USA’s advice and be easy on the salt shaker though. The American Heart Association recommends limiting your sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams per day or less. One teaspoon of salt equals 2,300 mg sodium, so even that small amount would be salt overkill. Try to use only 1/4 teaspoon of salt for 600 mg of sodium. Why no love for salt? Sodium increases blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, placing an added burden on the heart.

Also, adding a dollop of Greek yogurt to your sweet potato will give it rich, tart flavoring with added bonus of filling protein! There’s much to love about Miss USA’s deliciously healthy recipe.

Health benefits of sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are great for your skin and can be the main ingredient in a healthy office lunch. Check out Miss USA Olivia Culpo’s sweet potato recipe.

Sweet potatoes keep skin clear and flawless with an abundance of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in your body and powers up the DNA that’s in charge of producing new skin cells and shedding old ones.

How to microwave a sweet potato

Wash the sweet potato well. Pat dry with a paper towel. Using a knife or fork, prick the potato two or three times (depending on size). Put the sweet potato in a microwave, wrapped in a damp paper towel to keep it moist. This helps the potato not dry out. You can put it in a microwave-safe dish, too. Microwave the sweet potato for 3 to 5 minutes. After heating the sweet potato, turn it over and then microwave another 3 to 5 minutes. You might have to do more time, depending on size of sweet potato and microwave power. It’s ready to eat when soft.

According to the USDA, a medium-sized sweet potato contains a total of 105 calories.

Other sweet potato toppings

Low-fat Greek yogurt (About 10 calories per tablespoon)
Salsa (About 5 to 15 calories per tablespoon, look for salsa without salt)
Almond butter (About 100 calories per tablespoon for unsalted kind)
Honey (About 64 calories per tablespoon)
Maple syrup (About 52 calories per tablespoon)
Cinnamon (No calories)

So are you going to start storing sacks of sweet potatoes in your desk drawers now? Fess up!

#FitAtWork

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