I’m Sarah, a Naturopathic Doctor, wellness enthusiast and health-foodie. I’m a well-being advocate and green kitchen guru who is living my true purpose while guiding patients through their personal health journeys. I’m also a complete and utter health food fanatic who wants to see everyone benefit from eating healing foods!
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From both a Western and an Eastern perspective, sweet potatoes are considered to be a fabulously healthy vegetable. Just one sweet potato contains 400% of your daily Vitamin A intake as well as a high dose of vitamin B6 to improve hormonal health and neurotransmitter function. They are also a great dietary source of vitamin C which helps to support the immune system during the change of seasons. While sweet potatoes carry multiple well-studied health benefits from a Western perspective, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers them to be especially beneficial when eaten during the end of summer and beginning of fall. According to TCM theory, colours and tastes are connected with the optimal function of particular organs. Sweet potatoes are traditionally good for healthy digestion, as their sweet taste and orange colour benefit the stomach and spleen, the two organs that must be supported during the transition between late summer and early fall. Longer cooking times and heartier ingredients (seriously, what’s heartier than a potato?) are also important to prepare the digestive tract and immune system for the colder months ahead.
This creamy sweet potato soup is my favourite way to incorporate more sweet potatoes into my diet during the early fall. It's simultaneously sweet, spicy and creamy thanks to a touch of cayenne and a can of healing coconut milk.