Super Satisfying Sweet Potato


Winter is among us and with it comes the familiar craving for warm, heavier types of foods— rich stews and decadent desserts.

The sweet potato (sometimes referred to as a yam), comes to the rescue to satisfy these cravings and provides us with a way to cash in on nutrient-dense calories.

Dr. Wilcox (author of The Okinawa Diet) says sweet potatoes are one reason Okinawans have such young, healthy cardiovascular systems.

Rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin B6, these tuberous roots are a high mileage food.

And despite the name “sweet”, it may be a beneficial food for diabetics, as preliminary studies on animals have revealed that it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and to lower insulin resistance.

I’ve gotten in the habit of making these sweet potato fries almost every day lately.  I pop them in the toaster oven first thing in the morning and eat them as part of a meal or as a snack through the day.

 Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Fries (or Chips)

~Sweet Potatoes or Yams
~Sea Salt
~Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1. Cut the sweet potato either in fry-shaped lengths, or circle shaped chips.
2. Add the sweet potatoes, a few generous pours of olive oil and a good sized pinch of sea salt to a bowl and toss thoroughly.
3. Arrange on a baking sheet or toaster oven sheet (for the toaster oven I often use aluminum foil) and bake for about 30-35 min at 350 degrees.
4. Check that the potatoes are well cooked through.  Of course, thicker pieces will need more time than thinner slices.