Sweet Potato Fries – YES PLEASE!

We all love fries, don’t we?!  Some of us even crave them.  They’re just so tasty and can really satisfy a salty craving.  The question is, “How can I eat something I love but make it healthier?”  

 

Sweet potato fries seem to be the so called “healthy” alternative to the traditional french fry.  But buyer beware. While sweet potatoes are a healthy complex carbohydrate, you have to be mindful in the way in which this tasty treat is prepared.  Most restaurants use hydrogenated vegetable oil to cook up fries, which has been linked to promoting heart disease and cancer.
 
So the question now is, “How can I be sure that the healthy snack I’m eating is actually healthy?” Well, how about making it yourself at home?  Preparing certain foods at home are a great way to ensure that it’s being prepared with your health in mind.
 
 
PrepTime: 5 minutes
CookTime: 30 minutes
TotalTime: 35 minutes
 
Ingredients:
· 2 large sweet potatoes
· 1 tbsp of olive oil
· Course salt & pepper (to taste)
 
 
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Cut thesweet potatoes into 1/2 inch strips or wedges and toss in the oil and salt & pepper.  Arrange in a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet (uncovered).  Place in oven for 30minutes, turning once.  Enjoy!
Before
 
After
Another great thing about making homemade sweet potato fries is that you can make them anyway you like: spicy (add cayenne pepper or red chili flakes), sweet (add cinnamon and Stevia),or savory (add curry powder, rosemary or garlic).  Any way you do it, these “fries”—baked in the oven with abit of heart-healthy olive oil—are lower in fat than deep-fried, have a lowerglycemic index than white potatoes, and they come packed with antioxidants.  ***But remember, even though olive oil is heart healthy, it is also high in calories so don’t overdue it.
If you’re like me and you enjoy dipping your food, you can accompany your homemade sweet potato fries with a homemade dipping sauce.  Start with a 1/4 Cup of fat free Greek yogurt (a good source of protein) and add…
For a spicy dipping sauce try adding 1/4 cup of chipotle salsa or hot sauce.
For a sweet dipping sauce try adding a squeeze of honey or Stevia and cinnamon.
For a savory dipping sauce try adding your favorite curry sauce or BBQ sauce.
So yum!  Now the real question is, “Who’s making homemade Sweet Potato Fries today?!”

Cheers to health in life,