Many of us may have experienced a myriad of questions from family, friends, and coworkers who just don’t understand why anyone would deprive themselves of grains, sugar, alcohol, legumes, etc. for 30 WHOLE DAYS. Critics of the Whole30 state that it’s not healthy to exclude entire food groups, making people at risk for nutrition deficiencies, and a host of other reasons. If you are interested in some of the facts and fallacies behind the Whole30 or Paleo lifestyle, here is a great read from Sustainable Dish that might get you thinking.

My guest post today is from a dear friend who has been on a journey for a healthier and sustainable life. She gives us some insight as to why she chose the Whole30 challenge and one of her favorite recipes.

I decided to commit to a Whole 30 to improve my body image, stop “dieting” and just fuel my body while also hitting the reset button on my health.  I get to eat amazing, delicious whole foods each day.  One of my favorite dishes to make are whipped coconut sweet potatoes.  They are so incredibly delicious, you won’t believe that they are only 2 ingredients. 

Whipped Coconut Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 can of organic coconut milk

 Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Wash and dry 3-4 large sweet potatoes
  3. Puncture each one with a knife
  4. Place all 3 sweet potatoes on a foil lined cookie sheet and roast until very, very soft.  (Usually about 45-60 minutes depending on your oven)
  5. Remove from oven and let sit until cool enough to handle
  6. Once cool, remove and discard the skins
  7. Place the potatoes in a deep mixing bowl
  8. Add ½ can coconut milk and half the fat from the top of the coconut milk (coconut cream)
  9. Mix with a beater until silky smooth
  10. Season with Himalayan sea salt and enjoy!

Published by Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of functionallysimplenutrition.com. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition. Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news. In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals. Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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