Keep Thanksgiving Orange!

Did your mom ever tell you, “don’t eat too many carrots; you’ll turn orange”? Well, it’s actually true. You could turn orange. Still, the benefits of those orange vegetables are super healthy. “The orange color in vegetables comes from a very powerful carotenoid antioxidant compound called beta-carotene.” It boosts the immune system, improves eyesight, it’s good for our reproductive system, and even has cancer-fighting components. They’re also low in calories.

Fall is great for these healthy orange vegetables, which are both delicious and nutritious: pumpkins, yams, butternut squashes, and sweet potatoes.

To help keep your Thanksgiving table healthy this year, we wanted to share a delicious orange recipe!

urlBaked Sweet Potato Chips with Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 3 Large Sweet Potatoes, Washed and Scrubbed, Sliced into 1/8-inch Thick Slices
  • 3 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Seeds, Lightly Crushed in a Food Processor
  • ¼ Cup of Grapeseed Oil
  • ¼ Tablespoon of Groun Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chives, Minced
  • 1 Glove of Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • A Pinch of Salt

Recipe:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and be sure to coat all sweet potato slices.
  • Lay sweet potatoes out on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 20 minutes, turning slices over halfway through
  • Serve either alone or with hummus dip

A big thanks to Dr. Mao with Yahoo Health. To see the original recipes and read about the extensive positives found in each vegetable, click here.