If you’re Paleo or simply dabbling with a Paleo diet, and especially if you’re an athlete, there’s times when you just need more carbs. So how do you maintain a healthy diet without feeling sluggish and unable to perform at your peak? Starchy carbs are the answer, and design strategist Ashley Tudor’s book, Sweet Potato Power, celebrates the tasty tuber in all its glory.
The book begins with some basic information about the Paleo diet, and more specifically, about good vs. bad carbs. The second section has a thorough but not overly complicated analysis of nutrition biochemistry. Perhaps the most valuable section for people who really want to get individualized information is the book’s 3rd section, which describes a wide variety of tests you can use to figure out what’s going on in your body. From glucose testing to interpreting bloodwork to looking at cortisol and c-reactive protein, Sweet Potato Power has some details for those who really want to geek out on these details and be their own health detective.
But my favorite part is the 4th section: recipes! Ranging from meals to side dishes to desserts, the book contains over 30 recipes–including a recovery drink, sweet potato cupcakes, sweet potato poppers (and vegetable latkes), a morning hash, sweet potato soup, sweet potato salsa, and more!
If you’re a sweet potato enthusiast and want to get some info on nutrition biochemistry, instructions on individualization and some recipes to boot, this book is a nice combination of all three elements.