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Try a "Tropical" Yam For Your Pre-Workout Snack

Try a "Tropical" Yam For Your Pre-Workout Snack

It could be the orange color just makes me happy, but yams are one of my favorite foods. They're one of Autumn's tasty delights.

This tuber is packed with potassium and magnesium — two important minerals you lose through sweating. Aside from replenishing electrolytes, yams are easy to digest making them a perfect pre-workout snack. High in complex carbs, yams fuel you up as well as prep you for a sweaty workout or a long run. Poke a small yam with a fork a couple of times, microwave it until soft, slice it open, and voila you have a snack. They're great post-workout too. Do you love yams? Have a recipe that features them? Please post it in the Healthy Recipe group and I will be sure to try it.

What I buy at my grocery store is labeled a yam — a jewel yam, garnet yam, or a tropical yam. It is in fact, biologically speaking a moist fleshed sweet potato. I was raised in the States and unfortunately, and incorrectly, here we refer to them as yams. I will watch my yam and my sweet potatoes from now on.

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guavajelly guavajelly 7 years
I love sweet potato!!!
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 7 years
Pretty sure that is a sweet potato.... pretty tired of seeing them improperly labeled.....
joy76 joy76 7 years
Thanks to Kimpossible for confirming. I was rather surprised when I saw the picture. I am African and ate yam a lot whilst growing up and do not recall it being that colour, that said I thought perhaps it must be Yam from a different region. Now I understand that there is a misunderstanding. Yam is very different from sweet potato and does not even taste anything like it. Please fit correct. Thanks.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My grandmother used to make a dessert with sweet potatoes. She baked sweet potatoes with a little bit of butter and brownsugar and topped the whole casserole with marshmallows and it was heavenly! Love sweet potatoes!
EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
Ditto Kimpossible. That's exactly what I was going to say. Yams are not sweet potatoes!!! My fave way to eat sweet potatoes: bake, cut open and top with butter and brown sugar. No, it's not healthy, but it sure is good. Other way to eat a baked sweet potato: Top with cottage cheese Top with greek yogurt Top with a little maple syrup Just eat on its own. AZDaisy, I do eat the skin, but not everyone does.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
Yum, I love yams! I actually prefer them over sweet potatoes I find they have a richer flavor. I like them baked with some earth balance or spray butter! So good!
AZDaisy AZDaisy 7 years
Do you eat the skin?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
While the names "yam" and "sweet potato" are often interchanged (incorrectly), they are two distinctly different and unrelated tubers. Pictured is a sweet potato. Here is some info on them:
tylergrl33 tylergrl33 7 years
Sweet potatoes are so good! I read a link about 7 foods every woman should eat-sweet potatoes were on there.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I like yams, but I never thought of eating them as a snack; I generally eat them with dinner instead of regular potatoes.
katieb82981 katieb82981 7 years
I love yams! I thought I was the only person who liked to eat them for snacks ... glad to know that I am not! :)
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
Thanks mamasitamali! I will do just that. I have looked online and found conflicting answers that I do not trust enough to try.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
Camarogirl, try looking through old posts, you can search using tags like the one above "pre-workout food " --
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
I workout in the mornings (circuit training to JM dvds) and have a short window (less than an hour) in which to eat a snack. Any recommendations are appreciated!
Fitness Fitness 7 years
I usually eat one about an hour before a run. It is my fave snack for an after work workout that come before dinner.
michlny michlny 7 years
A little confused at Whole Foods - they have jewel yams, garnet yams, sweet potatoes, et al. Wondering if you can help compare / contrast?
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
Hmm, due to their low GL, wouldn't this have to be eaten well before a workout? I thought simple carbs were the preferred pre-workout snack, so the sugar is readily available in one's blood?
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