You've heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a sweet potato might actually be a better choice. That's right—the same sweet potatoes that hide under a layer of sugary marshmallows in grandma's sweet potato pie are packed with vitamins A and C, and nutrients that bolster your immune system so you are less likely to get sick. One sweet potato provides more than 100% of the vitamin A you need for the day!

Another reason to get sweet on sweet potatoes? Unlike regular white potatoes, sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate, meaning that it takes longer for your body to digest them—keeping you feeling full longer.

How to eat 'em?

Like in the picture, you can slice them like fries, sprinkle with a bit of olive oil and herbs and bake it in the oven. You can also bake a sweet potato whole— they have enough natural flavor that you won't need all the extra butter, salt, and fatty toppings for flavor. Try steaming diced sweet potatoes, and mixing them with a little olive oil and your favorite spices—cinnamon and nutmeg will remind you of your favorite holiday food, while garlic and a sprinkle of chili pepper give the potatoes a little kick.​