Have you ever heard the mantra that a lot of small things add up to big things – that doing a small part can be a part of making a big change?
Many people believe that weight loss can be achieved quickly (pick up any trendy magazine and you’re sure to see some variation of the thought, “Lose 5 pounds in 5 days!”), and it can. But sensible, sustainable change is more of a marathon than a sprint. Fad diets and quick fixes might get you fast results, but are also probably going to eventually lead to gaining the weight back, sometimes even more. Once we do reach a healthier weight, a fitness goal, or eating pattern, it is most important that we are able to maintain them. Small, simple changes can help us reach our big goals if we give them time to add up! Whether it’s taking the stairs in lieu of the elevator, choosing whole grains over refined, cutting sugar and cream out of your morning coffee, or sharing dessert with your best friend instead of getting your own: accomplish your goals, your way.
The beautiful thing about healthy, delicious food is that it can be simple and easy. Natural, minimally-processed foods are usually the healthiest. In my opinion, they are also the most delicious.
Today I decided to share an easy recipe with you that makes a great swap for fries or any other starchy side. Sweet potatoes are much more nutrient dense than their white spud relatives, plus these sides are baked rather than fried. I also paired them with a creamy, curried yogurt for dipping. Even though these sweet potato “fries” pack a serious punch of complementing sweet and savory flavors, they are still easy, tasty, and inexpensive – I call that a win-win-win!
Sweet Potato “Fries” with Curry Dipping Sauce
Makes 4-5 Servings
2 large sweet potatoes
2 tbsp olive or canola oil
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp minced onion
1 tsp oregano
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
Curry Dipping Sauce
¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt or eggless mayonnaise
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp curry powder
½ tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F. Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Cut into ½ inch spears and place into a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil and minced fresh garlic; stir with a spoon to coat fries. In a separate bowl, combine dry seasonings until mixed well (I like to use a fork or whisk for this). Gently shake the dry ingredients over the fries a bit at a time, stirring before adding more. Spread the fries onto a baking sheet and place on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes, turn with a spatula, and bake for an additional 10 minutes until they are softened through. To crisp them up, turn on your broiler to low for 2-3 minutes. (Watch these carefully or you’ll end up with charcoal, especially if you cut the fries thinly!)
For the dipping sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowls and stir well. Refrigerate for 1 hour before using.
So, that’s it for this week. Have a delicious weekend!
Until next time, remember that… there are no excuses when it comes to your health!