Healthier Sweet Potato Latkes

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With Chanukah (or Hanukkah- whatever you prefer) right around the corner, we wanted to make sure that those who will be celebrating this year have a healthy alternative to some of the traditional fried foods served. For American Jews this is a very special Hanukkah since Thanksgiving falls on the 2nd day, a phenomenon that won’t occur for about another 70,000 years – give or take.

That being said, this is an appropriate healthier version of the latke that is suitable no matter where you are and regardless of if you are celebrating Thanksgivakkah or not.

Traditional potatoes have been replaced with the nutrient rich sweet potato. You could also use yams. Not much can be done about the whole fried bit, but hey, its a holiday, just drain them as well as you can.

Ingredients

1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated

2 green onions, finely chopped1/3 cup all-purpose flour (you can use any type of flour here)2 large eggs, lightly beaten1 teaspoon saltnutmeg to taste1/2 teaspoon black pepper3/4 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil 

Preparation 

Stir together potatoes, scallions, flour, eggs, salt, nutmeg and pepper.Heat oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot. Not smoking, just hot.Spoon 1/8 cup potato mixture for each latke into oil and flatten gently so that they are all about 3 inches in diameter. Reduce heat to medium and cook until golden, which should be around 2-3 minutes for each side. When golden brown, remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.

Makes about 24 Latkes

Serve with Applesauce, cranberry sauce, sour cream and chives or a little bit of maple syrup.

Enjoy!

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Five Foods For Fantastic Skin

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You know that saying, ‘you are what you eat?’ Well, it is true, but in more ways than you think. Aside form the multitude of ways that eating healthy can impact your overall health and wellness, what you eat can and does really make a difference in the health of your skin and its appearance.

So, what foods have the biggest impact on your complexion? We have listed them here, so make sure these get on your next shopping list.  

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Butternut squash

This tasty marvel has high levels of beta-carotene and is one of the very best sources of vitamin A. Beta-carotene repairs skin cells. But, taking a supplement just won’t cut it. Studies have shown that in order for you to actually get the benefits of Beta-carotene you need to eat it. To cook, simply wash the squash cut in half scoop out the seeds and bake it cut side down, eat and enjoy!

 

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Tomatoes

Lycopene is found in only a few foods, one of which is Tomatoes that lycopene is proven to repair skin damage caused by the sun and can help protect your skin from further damage as well. In order to get the best benefit, cook your tomatoes, that will concentrate the lycopene. Lycopene is also found in watermelons, but you would need to eat a really large amount of watermelon.

Beets

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Beets

While most people know beets are chock full of vitamins A and C, not many people know that there are even more in the green tops that usually get tossed. If you want to boost collagen production, you need to eat the greens too. Saute them, add them to soups or just add them to sandwiches or salads.

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Tea

Two for Tea? Why not, Tea is high in antioxidants and contains flavonoids that combat disease. They also happen to be great for your skin and studies show that daily tea drinking will reduce wrinkles. Tea does hydrate you, but make sure you re getting white, green, or black teas rather than blends like chamomile or chai, which are just meant to relax or soothe.

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Quinoa

Acne issues? Quinoa is very high in protein which can stabilize blood sugar, which in turn can help reduce acne breakouts. Buy it pre-washed when you can, that will lessen the slightly bitter taste that it naturally has. Cook and use just like you would rice.