As we are gearing up for winter break, the environmental club at one of our schools hosted a holiday party equipped with yummy, yet alternative treats: sweet potato muffins and coconut macaroons.
Although these are still baked goods and should indeed be eaten in moderation, they have some added health benefits that make them a bit more guilt-free than some of your typical holiday dessert items.
For instance, sweet potatoes are high in Vitamins B6, C, and D, as well as iron, magnesium, potassium, and carotenoids. Not to mention that they are a winter vegetable, so if you are able, you can buy them locally at your nearest farm stand. Coconuts, mainly their oil, have been in the spotlight for their amazing benefits, many of which have to do with the healthy fatty acids that they contain. Because of the way these fatty acids are structured, they actually promote weight loss, provide energy, ward off a number of diseases, and improve skin health. To experience these delicious treat options, check out the recipes for yourself: Sweet Potato Muffins and Coconut Macaroons.
Given that this is our last post before the holidays, we want to give a huge thank you to one of our champion partners: Con Edison. Voted as the "Greenest Utility Company in the United States" in 2011, this company is dedicated to renewable energy, and environmental stewardship is at the core of their mission; we are proud to have Con Edison as a partner to Gotham Grazer!
Happy Holidays to all of our readers - see you next year!