Sunday, February 7, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Sweet Potato Fries

In honor of the Super Bowl, I thought I would post a recipe for a healthy and yummy food that can be eaten as a snack, served as a starch with dinner, or as a side dish with your traditional football party food. If you make extra, you can put it in the refrigerator and later stick it under the broiler for a quick snack.

Kyle and I have been trying a new diet that our crossfit gym endorses called the Paleo diet (actually, it is more Kyle doing it, and me selecting the parts I like such as the fact that butter is OK!). This is also known as the caveman diet, and stresses eating a balance of protein, fat and carbs while avoiding processed foods that weren't around in the early days of the world. While rice, pasta and potatoes are no-nos, yams and sweet potatoes are considered good starch/carb choices. Kyle and I have been making sweet potato fries a lot for snacks before our intense workouts.

2 large sweet potatoes or yams
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Fresh cracked pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut potatoes into strips about 1/2 inch wide. Toss the potatoes in Olive Oil and sprinkle sea salt or kosher salt and pepper over the top. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the potatoes in the pan in a single layer. Bake in the middle rack for 20 minutes, then move to the top rack for 10 more minutes. Let cool, serve and enjoy!

I like to eat these with ketchup, but that has a lot of sugar and sodium, so they are really tasty alone, too. Without being fried, they are much healthier than normal fries and have great nutrients.

One more thing--here is a link to our new crossfit gym that is in Mill Creek, Outer Edge Crossfit. We are having a blast and are getting in much better shape thanks to the high intensity workouts that Jake gives us. Come in and take advantage of his 2 week free trial period!

Happy Eating,

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