5/14/10

Sweet potato fries

Nature's candy...The sweet potato. Not sure if it is better as a side, meal or dessert? If you have been following my blog for the past few years, you probably know my favorite pre-race meal. I find the nearest Outback before my long races and order a sweet potato (toppings on the side), bread and salad (w/ chopped eggs and pecans) for a comforting and well-practiced pre-race meal.
Sweet potatoes contain SO many great nutrients! As an anti-oxidant rich veggie, you will get Vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, fiber, B vitamins, potassium, calcium and iron in every sweet potato you eat. The Sweet potato could be one of the most healthiest vegetable on Earth! Due to it's fiber content, this beautiful vegetable is known as a low gylcemic carb (acceptable for diabetics).
Nutrition facts:
Serving size: 1 large
(DV is based on a 2000 calorie diet)
Calories 162
Calories from Fat 0g
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 65mg
Total Carbohydrate 37g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 692% (DV)
Vitamin C 59% (DV)
Calcium 7% (DV)
Iron 7% (DV)


Sweet Potato Fries
1 large sweet potato (or two medium potatoes)
1-2 tsp olive oil
Cinnamon and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Warm sweet potato (washed) until mostly cooked (about 6-7 min. in microwave - stab a few tips with a fork).
3. Remove skin from hot potato and cut into fries (you may need to wait until potato is cool before cutting).
4. Place fries in a large bowl and toss with olive oil.
5. Place fries on baking sheet (lined with tinfoil) and sprinkle with your choice of seasoning (I used pepper for half and cinnamon for half).
6. Bake for 25-35 min or until the fries begin to "burn". Switch to broil for 5 min and remove from oven.