It' hard to believe- but my first time ever trying or making sweet potatoes was when I started competing in fitness! I was 26, and I remember thinking: "how have I never had these?!" Of course with a very restrictive competition diet I had been cooking them plain. Although they are delicious and rich in flavor all on their own, I developed an easy, diet-friendly way to prepare sweet potatoes with even more 'kick'. Many argue the difference between yams vs sweet potatoes- this recipe makes either Nutritionally, sweet potatoes pack a powerful punch to match their taste: one medium sweet potato (approx 4 oz, 114 g) contains 438% of your daily Vitamin A intake, and 37% of your Vitamin C intake (http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2667/2)! And since they're a source of slower-digesting carbohydrates, they are an excellent source of pre workout fuel. Try this recipe as a side to compliment any protein source.
Sweet Potato Home Fries
3-4 small/medium sweet potatoes, washed, skin on
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper*
1 tsp garlic powder*
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
*can use amount 'to taste'
1) Preheat oven to 425F. Ensure baking rack is positioned in the middle of the oven.
2) Dice potatoes into 3-inch cubes. Place in mixing bowl.
3) Season potatoes; drizzle with olive oil (if desired). Stir potatoes until well coated.
4) Place potatoes on a lightly greased baking sheet.
5) Bake for 30-35 mins. Turn potatoes half-way through.
Macros (per 4oz serving- without oil): Calories: 103 kcals; Protein: 2 g; Fat: 0 g; Carbs: 24 g
With oil: Calories: 163 kcals; Protein: 2 g; Fat: 9 g; Carbs: 24 g