Did you know that one billion people suffer from a hidden form of hunger rarely on the development agenda: chronic malnutrition. In fact, 40% of Africa’s children are so chronically malnourished by the age of five that they will never fully thrive, physically recover or mentally develop – and this has not improved in two decades. While these facts are devasting, Momtrends is celebrating Sweet Potato Day to support ONE, a non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization, co-founded by Bono, that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, by making the sweet potato famous.
The idea behind Sweet Potato Day is to increase awareness about world hunger by featuring the sweet potato as a mascot. Packed with vitamin A, fiber and vitamin C, the sweet potato can also be grown in numerous places around the world and has been providing nutrition to children and people in Africa. The sweet potato is literally saving lives.
We love them in our family (see recipe below) with other root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, and beets) as a delicious and healthy side. I love to roast in a simple blend of olive oil and cinnamon with some salt and pepper that I serve with fish or chicken. This vitamin-rich combination is also delicious the next day that I add into salads or with quinoa.
Take Action! As we celebrate the delicious sweet potato and its many health benefits, we can also join the fight against this hidden killer of malnutrition. One of the easiest things to do is to send a letter to congress. At this time, less then 1% of the US budget is spent on foreign assistance. These funds are at risk and if these smart programs are cut, millions could lose access to food, medication and AIDS treatment. You could also sign a very simple petition to spread the word to get our leaders to step up to reduce chronic malnutrition for 25 million kids by 2016.
Malnutrition is the hidden killer of nearly 2 million children around the world. You can now take action by spreading the word to fight for good nutrition to help the kids that need it to thrive and survive.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Veggies
2 sweet potatoes, cut up lengthwise
2-3 carrots, cut up lengthwise
2-3 stalks of parsnips, cut up lengthwise
2-3 beets, cut up lengthwise
dash of cinnamon, salt and pepper
drizzle of olive oil
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash all veggies and then cut them lengthwise. Add in some cinnamon and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Let cook for 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Check out all of the blogs that are also celebrating Sweet Potato Day:
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos from This Week for Dinner
Truffle Sweet Potato Frites from Savory Sweet Life
Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Stew from Chefdruck
Honey Sweet Potato Biscuits from Food for My Family
Sweet Potato Burgers from Cutie Booty Cakes
What's Gaby Cooking and Sweet Potato Day
The Mission List and Sweet Potato Day
World Moms Blog and Sweet Potato Day
Go Graham Go and Sweet Potato Day
Cranberry Sweet Potato Crumb Cake from Barbara Bakes
Bourbon and Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes from Boston Mamas
Documama and Sweet Potato Day
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding from Eat the Love
Lamb Shanks with Sweet Potatoes and Sausage from Kitchen Gadget Girl
Sweet Potato Love To Help End World Hunger from Love That Max
Celebrating Sweet Potato Day with Mom Trends
Sweet Potato Chili from Righteous Bacon
Cooking Sweet Potatoes for Picky Eaters from Rookie Moms
Sweet Potatoes and Global Health from Third Eye Mom
Indian Spiced Sweet Potato Kielbasa ONE Skillet Bake from Tickled Red
Sweet, Dude, Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash from Helen Jane
Oh My Sweet Potato Apple Bake from Bowl Licker
Sweet Potato and Peanut Gratin from Non-Reactive Pan
Sweet Potato Fries from When You Wake Up a Mother (also found on Million Moms Challenge)
Check out some delicious pictures of sweet potatoes on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/onemoms/sweet-potatos/
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We proudly support ONE.