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Sweet Potato Bacon Mash

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The best time to eat your most carbohydrate-dense meal is right after an intense workout or a long hard training session. The carbs you eat then are more likely to go straight into your muscle to replenish your glycogen stores rather than being stored on your hips and belly.

Most people think of complex carbs as rice, bread, and potato (usually in the form of fries). But there are many wonderful vegetable-based carbohydrates that have far more nutritional value, such as squash, yams, parsnip, turnip, and sweet potato. These root vegetables are so versatile and easy to cook, and they can be roasted, mashed, steamed, or made into soups.

I am going to share with you my favorite sweet potato mash recipe — which includes a little bacon. The bacon adds to the richness of the flavor and since I only use a small amount, it isn’t too naughty. Pair this sweet potato mash with a chicken or salmon filet and you have a delicious and nutritious meal full of good carbs and proteins from whole, natural sources.

Sweet Potato Bacon Mash

Pair this sweet potato mash with a chicken or salmon filet and you have a delicious and nutritious meal full of good carbs and proteins from whole, natural sources.

Category Paleo, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sophia McDermott Drysdale


  • 1 lb sweet potato chopped into large chunks
  • 1-2 tsp butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 slices bacon read the rules for your level to pick bacon that is compliant!


  1. Rinse, peel, and cut potatoes into large chunks. Add to a pot of boiling water or steamer. Cook for at least 15 minutes or until very soft. Drain.
  2. Add 1-2 tsp of butter and salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly or blend with a food processor.
  3. Meanwhile, remove most of the fat and rind from the bacon and finely chop. Add to a pan/skillet and cook on medium heat until browned (4-5 minutes). Drain on a paper town to remove excess fat.
  4. When both the bacon and potatoes are ready, stir the bacon into the sweet potato mash.

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Sophia McDermott Drysdale
Sophia is an athlete, coach, trainer, and mother. Her focus is women's health and fitness, as well as pregnancy and postpartum workouts and nutrition. Her new e-book Spring Into Summer offers a seven-day meal plan with over thirty recipes.

Sophia also offers personalized diet and workout programs on her website, a no-nonsense nutrition eBook, and a free weekly newsletter full of health and fitness tips. Sophia travels the world to teach seminars and she offers Lifestyle camps in Las Vegas.

Her sporting career started when she was four years old as a jazz ballet dancer. At age eleven, she began gymnastics and trained in an elite squad for almost ten years. In 2002, she began Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) and was awarded her black belt in 2010 making her the first Australian female to receive a black belt in the sport.

Sophia competed nationally and internationally, earning multiple state, national, Pan-Pacific, and Pan-American titles, as well multiple No Gi World Champion titles and a World Champion title. Currently, she lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and competes in figure shows. She holds the distinction of being the Overall Unlimited Champion in the Figure division for the NPC federation.

Sophia received her qualification in gymnastics coaching and Cert III and IV for Personal Training. She has worked as a personal trainer specializing in functional training for athletes and nutrition for more than a decade. Sophia travels the world to teach BJJ, women's self defense, and nutrition seminars. She also runs a women's only training program in Las Vegas.