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Lose Weight, Move Better, Get Stronger  with Seth Thomas

Personal Trainer in the Capital Region


Monthly Archives: February 2017

Black Bean & Spicy Sweet Potato Wrap

A Meatless Monday favorite among the crew at Albany Movement & Fitness, this version is based on Jessica’s Black Bean & Sweet Potato Wrap, but we’ve also included Maggie’s Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burger option. Both feature sweet potatoes, which are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, potassium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and the list goes on!

So many choices! Which recipe will you try out tomorrow?!

black bean wrap


2 or 3 small sweet potatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 medium yellow onion

1 5 oz. bag of spinach

4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 cans of black beans

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

12 oz. monterey jack cheese, shredded

1 bag of medium flour tortillas (or corn tortillas if you’re gluten free)

black bean wrap prep - albany move fit


  1. Heat oven to 425.
  2. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork, and place in a foil-lined dish. Maggie’s Tip: You can microwave or bake them. Baking takes longer but gives them more flavor!
  3. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft and oozing sugars.
  4. While sweet potatoes are baking, sauté peppers, onion, and garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent.
  5. Now add in salt and seasonings and stir well.
  6. Drain, rinse and add black beans and sauté for another 5 minutes on medium.
  7. Cook for another 4 minutes. Wilt spinach, and add.
  8. While that cooks, grate cheese onto tortilla.
  9. Add the bean and veggie mixture. Roll and enjoy!

Maggie’s Burger Option:  When the sweet potato cools, mash it and mix with the black beans. Add an egg, between 1/2 and 1 cup breadcrumbs and smokey southwest seasoning.  Mold the mixture into burgers and grill in a pan with a little olive oil. Serve on a pita with mashed avocado for a boost of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids!

Sara K. Madden                                                                                                                               AMF Running Coach & Health Nut