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Sweet Potato Burritos

4 servings

Source: Power Foods for the Brain by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Christine Waltermeyer, C.H.H.C.

Sweet potatoes are the dietary staple of Okinawans, the longest-lived people on Earth who are known for maintaining mental clarity into old age.

About the Recipe

298 Calories · 13 g Protein · 15 g Fiber

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that strengthens your memory and your immune system.


Makes 4 Servings

  • sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (2 cups)
  • frozen corn kernels (1 cup)
  • low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed (1 15-ounce can)
  • very thinly sliced green onion (1 teaspoon)
  • fresh lime juice (1 tablespoon)
  • chili powder (1 teaspoon)
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas, warmed (4)
  • prepared salsa (1 cup)
  • shredded lettuce (2 cups)


  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan and add water to come an inch up the sides. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; cook for 5 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.

  2. Add the corn and cook 1 more minute.

  3. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

  4. Add the black beans, green onion, lime juice, and chili powder; season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Divide the filling among the tortillas, top with the salsa and lettuce, roll the burritos, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving

Calories: 298
Protein: 13 g
Carbohydrate: 62 g
Sugar: 8 g
Total Fat: 2 g
     Calories from Fat: 7%
Fiber: 15 g
Sodium: 891 mg

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