Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
Sweet potatoes seriously aren’t given enough credit… Here’s why:
Diverse balance of vitamins and minerals
Minerals: specifically iron and calcium - these are 2 out of 3 of the most essential and useful nutrients across all age groups.
Vitamins: a significant portion of our requirement for B vitamins as well as vitamin C and A. Sufficient intakes of vitamins and minerals are necessary for maintaining vital functions all around the body (ie organ function, vision).
Antioxidant and anti inflammatory powers
A long-term key benefit of this vegetables lies in the antioxidants it contains; in the form of beta-carotene. By neutralizing and stopping the production of free radicals (science stuff), antioxidants are incredibly useful in fighting the damage inflicted by carcinogens (cancer-causing compounds), thereby reducing the risk of cancer. This is also aided by the natural anti-inflammatory compounds in sweet potatoes which have been shown to reduce inflammation in cells across the body. As a consequence, this reduces the risk of cancer and nearly every chronic disease, including obesity.
Part of the starch in this vegetable is resistant, meaning that it isn’t digested or absorbed by the body making it more satiating. Furthermore, although potatoes have a rep. for being too starchy, this is not necessarily a bad thing, theit high fiber content makes the starch slow burning. This means it has a low glycemic index and so it won’t spike blood sugar levels, not only reducing the risk of diabetes but also helping regulate your energy levels.
- Sweet potatoes (cut into fries-like wedges)
- Olive oil (to drizzle)
- 2 Tbsp Bbq spice (or other spice of choice)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp Maldon salt
Take a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread it the cut sweet potatoes. Pour over olive oil and any seasoning (I use Bbq spice).
Brush or use your hands to spread all around, coating the sweet potatoes. Add some spices like cinnamon, cayenne pepper or anything of that sort. Roast on 425 for an hour. Sprinkle maldon salt and enjoy!