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10 Healthy Ways to Enjoy Sweet Potatoes Under 350 Calories

A bowl and a pot are filled with lentil chili, enriched with sweet potato, topped with diced onions and a dollop of sour cream. A wooden spoon is in the bowl, and a piece of cornbread rests on the edge. Broken pieces of cornbread are scattered around on a gray surface. MyFitnessPal Blog
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Sweet potatoes are affordable, readily available year-round, and packs a nutritious punch in the form of vitamins A, B and C — plus potassium, manganese and fiber. Compared with white potatoes, sweet potatoes have more vitamin C, fewer calories, more fiber and fewer total carbs despite having more sugar. Here’s a compilation of recipes under 350 calories featuring this all-star tuber.

1. SWEET POTATO WAFFLES | YURI ELKAIM

Crispy and crunchy on the outside, these sweet potato gems are made without sugar and refined flour, using simple, Paleo-friendly, gluten-free ingredients. Packed with 10 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein, these waffles are also brimming with minerals and vitamin A, B and C. Avocado and eggs round out this morning meal. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 large waffle, 1 egg and 1/2 avocado each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 315; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 186mg; Sodium: 347mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 12g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 11g

2. HEALTHY SWEET POTATO-LEEK GRATIN | HELLO GLOW

Gratins typically include loads of butter and cream, but not this healthier version. Sweet potato medallions are layered with just enough Parmesan cheese to be delicious and sliced leeks for a mouthwatering side. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 164; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 4mg; Sodium: 182mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 4g

3. JALAPENO-CHEDDAR SWEET POTATO PUFFS | LEAN GREEN BEAN

With a few simple ingredients, you can whip up these cheesy jalapeño sweet potato puffs. This recipe transforms mashed sweet potatoes into a snack or appetizer. Make a batch and freeze them so you can reheat when hunger hits. Recipe makes 6 servings at 3 puffs each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 170; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 354mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 10g

4. SIMPLE SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

We lighten up this dish by topping it with toasted oats and pecans instead of sugary marshmallows. Whether you’re looking for a healthy side or dessert, our simple sweet potato casserole fits the bill. Recipe makes 16 servings at 1/2 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 192; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 39mg; Sodium: 127mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 5g

5. LOADED SWEET POTATO SKINS | JESSICA IN THE KITCHEN

These sweet potato skins are baked until crispy, so it’s almost like you’re having crunchy nacho chips. The shells are bursting with garlicky sweet potato filling and piled high with melty mozzarella cheese. Make these for your next party — they’re sure to be a hit! Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 skin each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 159; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 13mg; Sodium: 298mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 7g

6. SWEET POTATO HOME FRIES | COOK FOR YOUR LIFE

Spruce up your weekend brunch with these quick-and-easy sweet potato home fries. They bring an extra touch of sweetness, color and nutrition to the American classic. Serve them with eggs and sausage for a filling breakfast. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 243; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 167mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 3g

7. SWEET POTATO LATKES | EATING BIRD FOOD

These baked latkes with spiralized sweet potato and parsnip are a healthy twist on traditional fried potato latkes (or “potato pancakes”) and make one heckuva tasty snack. Enjoy these crisp bites while they’re hot out of the oven. If you don’t have a spiralizer, use a box grater instead. Recipe makes 12 servings at 2 latkes each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 34; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Sodium: 98mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 1g

8. LENTIL AND SWEET POTATO VEGETARIAN CHILI | BREWING HAPPINESS

This chunky chili will warm you from the inside out. It’s an easy-to-prep dish that’s loaded with nutrients and flavor — a must for chillier days. Kick up the heat with dashes of hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 219; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 410mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 9g

9. EASY SWEET POTATO WEDGES | COOKING LIGHT

Dive into golden brown sweet potato wedges for a quick snack or side dish. This recipe uses a two-step process to partially cook the potatoes before baking. (Hint: it involves a microwave.) You’ll be serving these babies up in no time! Recipe makes 4 servings at 6 potato wedges and 1 tablespoon sauce each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 247; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Sodium: 283mg; Carbohydrate: 50g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 4g

10. HASSELBACK SWEET POTATOES | THE HEALTHY FOODIE

The Hasselback grooves alone are reason enough to make this dish. Dressed in a simple spiced honey-mustard sauce, these spuds are baked until super soft and creamy. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 324; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 16mg; Sodium: 521mg; Carbohydrate: 57g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 23g; Protein: 5g

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