Sweet potatoes are so delicious and nutritious that the deserve to be celebrated! Luckily for all of us, a day has been set aside to do just that! February 22nd is National Cook A Sweet Potato Day but before we give you some ideas on how to celebrate, we're going to tell you WHY you should celebrate! Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene which our body turns into vitamin A, a vitamin that's essential for healthy skin, bones, and vision while helping to bolster your immune system. Beta-carotene also acts as an antioxidant, helping to free your body of harmful free radicals that can cause cell damage and certain cancers. These tasty tubers are also packed with B vitamins, vitamin C, manganese, copper, potassium, and phosphorus. And just in case you needed another reason to eat sweet potatoes, they can help you reach your weight loss goals! Because they are naturally sweet, sweet potatoes offer a healthier, lower calorie way to satisfy your carb cravings, making a good alternative ingredient in things like pancakes or desserts. They also help to regulate blood sugar. Sweet potatoes are fairly low on the glycemic index and contain a compound that increases the production of adiponectin, a hormone used to control blood sugar. When you have a stable blood sugar, you are less likely to crave, and go running for, those processed carbohydrates and empty calories. Fiber is also an important part of this equation. Fiber digests more slowly which can help you stay feeling fuller, longer. One cup of sweet potato contains 4 grams of fiber! Now that you're armed with that information, isn't it time you showed the sweet potato a little love? Give one of these recipes a try today! If these aren't enough for you, you can find more sweet potato recipes in the BodyRock Meal Plan. Eating well never tasted so good! What is your favorite way to eat a sweet potato?