Book Review: Sweet Potato Power by Ashley Tudor – and a giveaway!
One lucky reader will win a softcover copy of Sweet Potato Power here! See details to enter to win at the end of this post!
I was excited to get my hands on Sweet Potato Power by Ashley Tudor, a whole book dedicated to just one ingredient – I was curious to see what that would look like.
Well, my curiosity was cured this past weekend when I dove into the book. I flipped through and found myself in the last section scanning over the recipes. Sweet Potato Linguine, Stuffed Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Poppers and Sweet Potato Cupcakes. There is even a recipe for homemade sport gel and a recovery drink, very cool! The creative recipes are really just the icing on the top, this book is packed full of useful and practical information. The first three parts of the book read more like what I would imagine a Paleo Carb textbook to look like. Sweet Potato Power does a great job of laying out complex information in a simple and organized format that makes this book accessible to all.
Part one takes us through food technology and ends with the history of the sweet potato. I really enjoyed the nutrition comparison of the white potato vs. the sweet potato. I also noticed that each chapter ends with a brief chapter takeaway. This is one of the many little extra treats in this book.
Part two goes way beyond the sweet potato dives into the four pillars of optimal health; Food, hormones, low inflammation and activity. Not only does she lay out the science behind the four pillars, but you can find helpful particle tips all the way through the chapter, like “Tips for managing cravings” and “Quick tips for athletes about their carb intake”.
Part three called “Your Body, Your Rules” is my favorite part of this book. Ashley gives us a practical step by step guide to use the knowledge learned from part two of this book. She outlines different types of testing and tracking tools to discover what works for your body. There are more tips hidden within this chapter, like what to look for when seeking out a doctor. Now we are back at part four of the book, yes it’s full of yummy recipes waiting to be tested (see the one I made below) but we also get practical kitchen tips for cooking and storing our powerful sweet potatoes. There are even notes about eating sweet potatoes out and buying sweet potatoes products at the grocer.
Turkey Burger Cookies
The Finished product "Turkey (Deer) Burger Cookies"
I could not wait to bite into one of these delicious and creative recipes. It was not hard to find a recipe I could make with what I already had in the house. I enjoyed that the recipes are simple in ingredients but complex in flavor. Now back to the Turkey Burger Cookies. I had some ground deer meat already defrosted so I substituted ground deer meat for ground turkey. If I had already had some sweet potato puree set aside in the freezer (another great tip from the book), the prep time would have been just a few minutes. This recipe could not be any simpler; sweet potato puree, herbs, seasoning, ground meat, and chopped onion. I mixed it all together and formed them into small patties/ “cookies”. While the patties were cooking, I quickly sliced up tomato, washed my lettuce, and sliced a few rings of red onions. How easy is that?! The burgers took no time at all to cook because they were small in size, and putting them together was just as simple. Although the book says they are more like a cookie than a main course I had two and felt satisfied. Hmm, wonder if it was the power of the sweet potato hiding in my burger? I am excited to try out all the new uses for sweet potatoes I discovered in Sweet Potato Power.
The three things I loved most about Sweet Potato Power was how easily the information was to digest, the notion that we all have to use self-discovery to find out how carbs fit into our bodies, and all the useful and practical tips. No longer can we gripe about the sweet potato being the safe starch monarch for the Paleo community. Ashley has put a spotlight on this seemingly simple food and showed us all how sweet potatoes really are our power.
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