Seconds after Usain Bolt broke the world record in the 100 meter dash at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, his father Wellesley famously revealed his son’s performance-enhancing secret: “It is definitely the Trelawny Yam,” the elder Bolt told reporters.

Vegetables are the occasionally-overlooked heroes of nutrition. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and are crucial for overall health, body function and growth. Low in calories and hydrating, eating a variety of veggies is the original multivitamin that will help reduce inflammation, speed up recovery and improve your training performance.

But if we were to focus on one vegetable that topped the rest and revved up your fitness goals, it would be the sweet potato (or kamote, as known here in the Philippines).

 What makes them so great?

  • Excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, fiber and vitamin B6
  • Rich in potassium – keeps blood pressure within normal limits & prevents muscle cramping
  • Great source of complex carbohydrates for lasting energy
  • Low fat (less than 0.1 g in a single sweet potato)

Getting the right foods into your daily diet is essential if you want to look, feel and perform at your best.
So if you are looking for a clean energy source that will keep you energized for your workout, and as Usain would probably agree, we’d recommend adding sweet potato to your grocery list. Simply roast, bake or boil and enjoy as a pre or post workout treat! Naturally sweet and guilt-free.