Just before 2010 began, I swore I would lose all this excess weight before I turned 30 in June. I did lose weight … and kept it off … but I didn’t lose the mass of weight I intended. Heck, I really didn’t come close.
Still, recently several of my friends have mentioned that I look thinner these days. It’s always nice to hear that. And those pictures from Cape Cod? They are a vast improvement over last year. But 2010 isn’t over yet. There is still time for me to make a difference in not only my weight, but also And some simple changes can put me (or anyone) on the right path again. Choosing fruits and veggies over sweets. Sticking to lean proteins. Exercising more. I can do it.
When it comes to healthy choices, choosing baked over fried is generally a good idea. Choosing sweet potatoes over white potatoes? Also a good idea. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, both antioxidants, as well as a number of other nutrients. So, these baked sweet potato fries? Perfect.
Almost three years ago, I started making sweet potato fries (successfully) at home. Shawn, who swore he’d never like them, fell in love with sweet potatoes. It was a life changing moment for our family (Shawn, for his part, has become way more open-minded about food over the years).
It’s been awhile since I came up with a new seasoning mix for our sweet potato fries, so I decided to work on that recently. The idea of barbecue (think along the lines of barbecue potato chips) popped into my head. I couldn’t seem to escape it. So, I got to work.
My Baked Barbecue Sweet Potato Fries were a huge hit. Paige dove right in and asked for seconds. Will, who usually only eats a few, ate all of his and went back for a few more too. Me? It took considerable restraint to save some for Shawn (but I did!).
The flavor of these sweet potato fries is rich, sweet and complex — definitely barbecue in nature. The sweet potato fries are sweet, but not in a bad or artificial way. And making them? It takes a little less than an hour from start to finish, and is worth every second.
Do you love sweet potatoes?
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