Age-Busting Tropical Yams Are Worth Celebrating


Sweet Potatoes and yams are a staple during the fall and winter months.  They owe their bright orange color to the carotenoid, beta-carotene, which help inhibit cancer and tumor growth. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that can also ward off free radicals that damage cells through oxidation, contributing to the aging process. Sweet potatoes and yams are also good sources of heart-healthy potassium as well as containing phytochemicals such as quercetin, a strong anti-inflammatory.

They are delicious just baked in the oven, but I also like to include them in dessert. I make a Sweet Potato and Jackfruit Delight for a delicious and nutritious alternative containing jackfruit, which is plentiful in Southeast Asia; coconut milk, which hydrates the skin and helps keep it elastic; and sweet potatoes.

In my new cookbookThe Age Beautifully Cookbook (available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) I created a heart-friendly yam dish that is a perfect side dish for holiday celebrations or any occasion. The yams are tarted up with lime juice and shredded coconut in this festive side dish. Serve it with lamb or my Ostrich Meatballs (also in the cookbook). It also goes well with turkey, pork, and meatloaf.

Organic Raw Sweet PotatoesTropical Yams

Serves 2–4


2 cups cubed yams or sweet potatoes, peeled
1 Tbs. coconut oil
½ tsp. salt or salt substitute
1 Tbs. fresh lime juice (and/or thin slices of key lime)
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup shredded coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss the yams with the oil and salt, place in a single layer in a baking dish, and roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and toss with the lime juice and/or lime slices.
  4. Roast for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and toss with the pecans and coconut.
  6. Bake for about 5 more minutes or until the coconut is toasted and the yams are soft.

About Grace O

GRACE O is the creator of FoodTrients®, a unique program for optimizing wellness and longevity. She is the author of two award-winning cookbooks – The Age Gracefully Cookbook and The Age Beautifully Cookbook, which recently won the National award for Innovation from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She is a fusion chef with a mission to deliver delicious recipes built on a foundation of anti-aging science and her 20 years in the healthcare industry. Visit to learn more. Email us at
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