Everyone loves potatoes. Whether white, purple, yellow or orange–there are so many varieties! Potatoes are known as comfort food, mainly because they are high in carbohydrates and are typically associated with childhood or home cooking. Potatoes were domesticated in Peru and became popular throughout the world because of its low rate of spoilage, ability to satisfy hunger and inexpensiveness. Potatoes are high in fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Sweet potatoes also contain significant amounts of vitamin A (beta-carotene). Potatoes are naturally low in fat, low in sodium and are a good source of complex carbohydrates, the best source of energy! To keep them healthy, avoid frying and instead roast them. The high-heat roasting process caramelizes the potato’s natural sugars and brings out the potato’s natural deliciousness! Plus your waistline will be happy you gave up the fries for a much healthier and low-cal option!
Healthy Sweet Potato Fries, serves 2
Choose organic ingredients when available
- 1 large sweet potato (6 to 8 ounces), any variety
- Drizzle of olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and dry the potato, slice into 1/4 or 1/2 inch slices. Prepare a baking sheet lined with foil and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil to prevent sticking. Place the slices on the foil so that they are not touching. Bake for 40 to 5o minutes. Buon Appetito!