High blood pressure and tasty, satisfying food can be compatible

High blood pressure (BP) can seem to get in the way of many of the pleasures of normal life - from having sex to the joy of eating foods. You used to be able to have a burger or red meat without a second thought. But now red meat tops the list of what not to eat, right along with many other favorite foods. That sucks!Do you have to spend the rest of your life eating bland, cardboard-tasting health foodstuffs? No! Luckily, it’s absolutely possible to eat food that is satisfying and tastes good but still lowers your blood pressure. The secret is in picking the right primary ingredient.

This week we focus on sweet potatoes, a superfood that can help reduce blood pressure.

Rich in potassium and magnesium -- two nutrients that helps maintain BP and kidney function -- this naturally-sweet root has a high fiber content, which has been linked to a lower risk of heart problems. The calories and salt content of regular potatoes increase when they are fried. This does not happen with sweet potatoes. Sweet potato french fries make for a delicious treat, offering an alternative to traditional potato french fries.“I like sweets, and I like potatoes, why not sweet potatoes?”Don’t think you like plain sweet potatoes? No problem. We’ve assembled a diverse collection of flavorful recipes using sweet potatoes. In the name of all that is good and decadent, please give these a try. You’ll do your taste buds and your heart good.Heart-Smiling Quinoa With Sweet Potato MeatballsBeautiful Sweet Potato SoupTasty Sweet Potato SaladHappy-Heart Sweet Potato CasseroleDecadent Sweet Potato Chocolate PuddingYummy Spinach and Sweet Potato TortillasHard-to-resist Sweet Potato Chips with Ranch Dip Extraordinary Sweet Potato SmoothieSources: