Sweet potato with ham and cottage cheese filling

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The last things you want when you head to the gym after work are a rumbling stomach and a lack of energy. So to help you lift weights to your full potential, you need a substantial lunch packed with complex carbs, fibre, vitamins and the all-important protein. Eating this simple sweet potato dish for lunch gives you all that – and it’s ready in just six minutes.

To make

Prick one sweet potato with a fork and microwave for six minutes or until tender. Cut in half and fill with finely chopped extra lean ham, low-fat cottage cheese, a chopped spring onion and a pinch of fresh chopped coriander.

Sweet potato

These orange roots are a bountiful source of the mineral potassium, which is required for muscle contraction, nerve transmission, bone health, water balance and normal blood pressure.


Lean ham is full of slow-absorbing protein, which is essential for muscle building. It also helps you feel full, discouraging you from snacking on sugary badness.

Cottage cheese

This is a low-calorie source of riboflavin, a micronutrient vital for muscle growth and blood cell production, and high-quality protein.


Not only does coriander add an exotic flavour to your dish, but the leaf will also help stimulate the secretion of insulin and lower blood sugar levels.

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