Sweet Potatoes

5aday_sweet_potato For as long as I can remember, I was told to load up on carbs the night before long runs and races. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is pasta because its full of carbs. But I stopped eating pasta when I started the whole caveman thing.

With a 10-miler planned for tomorrow, what did I do? I ordered takeout from, of all places, Pasta Pomodoro. (By the way, if you belong to the Golds Gym next door, you get 10% off at the ‘doro.) But instead of pasta, I ordered a Shrimp Caesar salad (no dressing) and then came home and baked some sweet potatoes – plain – no salt, no sugar, no butter.

I’ve been eating sweet potatoes for the past few weeks and its quickly become a new favorite food! It tastes like dessert yet is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat, being rich in complex carbs, dietary fiber, beta carotene, Vitamins C and B6.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who's loving sweet potatoes these days. Rumor has it that A-Rod, Giambi, and now a bunch of other A’s have adopted sweet potatoes and yams as part of their pre-game meal. (Too bad I’m not fans of any of these guys.)

Here’s an article with more information on the benefits of eating sweet potatoes. It worked great for my 8-mile run last week; I’m hoping it fuels me just as well for the 10-miles I’m attempting tomorrow.

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