Eat This, Not This: The Best Damn Sweet Potato Fries
In the past four weeks, I have lost eight pounds simply by changing my eating habits. With a surgery and leg injury, I have spent the past six months being fairly inactive and consequently my eating habits suffered.
On one hand, changing my eating hasn’t been that hard; I’m fairly educated on proper nutrition and I was following the Dr. Sara Detox Plan. On the other hand it has been difficult; old habits die-hard.
I’ll be the first to admit that there is no healthy eating plan that is going to become habit for me if I’m always hungry or if I completely restrict myself from comfort-type foods.
To avoid a slip I make sure to have one ‘cheat day’ a week and to replace fulfilling foods with clean and healthy alternatives.
EAT THIS NOT THIS
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French fries: every salty-food-lover’s nemesis. They’re greasy, salty and (temporarily) filling but they don’t offer much in the nutrition category and they’re full of preservatives, additives and fat. So instead of eating this, why not eat this?
THE BEST DAMN SWEET POTATO FRIES
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium sweet potato
- Preheat oven to 400 C
- Thoroughly wash the sweet potato and leave skin on
- Cut potato in 1.5 cm slices, then cut each slice into "fries"
- Place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil
- Sprinkle with sea salt and toss
- Sprinkle with chili powder and toss some more
- Arrange fries in one layer on a cookie sheet and place on middle oven rack
- Bake for 20 minutes
- Remove tray from oven and switch oven to high broil setting
- Flip fries and place back in oven on middle oven rack for 3 to 5 minutes
- Watch fries so they do not burn.
MAKING THE COMPARISON
If you take a typical serving of fast food french fries and compare the nutritional value to that of these sweet potato fries you will see some significant differences. The calories (224 vs 500) and fat are two that stand out most.
Note that the fats in the sweet potato fries are the “good” kinds of fats(monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are good for you, lowering cholesterol and reducing your risk of heart disease).
Next you will notice the vitamin content is significantly higher in the homemade fries versus the fast food kind. As well, the nutritional information for the fast food fries does not include the salt added after the cooking process.
And lastly, the carb content is quite a bit higher in the fast food version. If you are trying to stick to a low-cal diet that includes a proper portion of all the essentials (carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals) you want to pack as much nutrition into each bite you take!
Note: nutritional value does not include dipping sauce as shown in the photo.
What types of foods can you not live without and ones you’d like to find a healthier version of?