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Today is National French Fries Day, another made up holiday by the food industry to get us to eat more. Fries originated in Belgium, but it was our third President, Thomas Jefferson that asked for “Potatoes, prepared in the French manner” that led to the misnomer. Perhaps he drank too much wine during his stint as ambassador to France to notice they had copied the Belgians. So while the rest of the world calls them chips, we are stuck with French fries.
French fries are by far the most popular use of potatoes, but unfortunately are not a very healthy side dish – 560 calories for a large portion of fast food fries (wink wink McDonald’s). Since Fooducate is all about healthier alternatives, take a look at this recipe, courtesy of Lisa Cain, aka Snack Girl. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Before we begin, here’s why sweet potato fries rock our world:
- 219% of your daily allowance of Vitamin A in one serving
- twice the vitamin C f a potato
- 30% more fiber than a potato
- lower glycemic index than potatoes
2 medium sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
you’ll need an aluminum foil for pan.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Halve the sweet potatoes lengthwise. Place on flat slide and slice 5-6 spears (thick and long strips) of sweet potato. Place them on the aluminum foil and toss with olive oil and your favorite flavorings (some suggestions: brown sugar, Cajun spice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, minced garlic, or taco seasoning).
Spread them in one layer. It is important that they have space around them and aren’t piled up on each other. Bake for 15 minutes and turn with tongs or a spatula. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Add optional salt and pepper. Serve hot, room temperature, or cold.
For one serving: 111 calories, 6.8 g fat, 11.8 g carbohydrates, 1.1 g protein, 1.9 g fiber, 21 mg sodium, 4 PointsPlus