I love, love, love potatoes- especially french fries. I use to get them as a side every time we went out for dinner. However, I do know how they really are not the healthiest of choices considering potatoes do not contain the best nutrients for our bodies. In fact, they are a starch which, when consumed, turns into glucose and triggers an insulin response in our bodies. In other words- potatoes are a simple carbohydrate (sugar); or, as most people would understand, the bad carbs most try to avoid. So, next time you want that potato, reach for the sweet potatoes instead. They are more beneficial to the body, and they are super delish!
Loaded with vitamins- High in B6- which can help prevent heart attacks; good source of Vitamin C- which helps ward of cold and flu viruses, as well as produces collagen to help maintain your skin’s youthful elasticity, and Vitamin D- which is primarily found in sunlight- so during those winter months when people tend to be sunlight deficient, load up on some sweet potatoes to help with energy levels and moodiness.
Sweet potatoes also have good sources of minerals such as Iron; Magnesium- which can help you de-stress and relax; and Potassium.
Last night when I really wanted to have french fries, I made these baked sweet potato fries instead, and they satisfied every taste bud on my tongue! Try them next time you are craving those plain, old, boring french fries!
1 Large Sweet Potato- Peeled if you want- I like the skin, so I did not peel- sliced into fry shaped pieces
1.5 Tablespoons EVOO
.5 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Teaspoon, or a little less depending on how much spice you like, Ground Cumin
Dash of salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 F. Add oil and spices to big ziplock bag or bowl. Mix oil and spices, then add potatoes pieces and cover evenly. Let sit in mixture for a few minutes. Add to baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip over and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Broil for extra crispiness for last 5-10 minutes. Enjoy~
Making your own foods is easy and not always time consuming. Try it tonight- you may be surprised and continue cooking on a weekly basis!
Remember to always eat for your body~ it will thank you!