Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Eating clean does not mean your meals have to be bland and boring. There are plenty of tasty and clean recipes out there… you just have to look! Eating clean introduced me to a lot of unique spices and flavors. I actually did not like spicy food of any kind before eating healthier meals. I guess using them so often to add flavor to my meals has increased my tolerance to spices.

I found these tasty little fries on Muffin Topless‘ blog. All of the different spices combined create a mildly spicy and smokey flavor. This recipe changes it up for your taste buds if you’re tired of eating sweet potatoes or if you’re not a fan of sweet potatoes. Give this a try next time you’re making burgers!

Spicy and Clean Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites (or 2 egg whites)
  • tsp chili powder
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp oregano
  • tsp ground cumin
  • tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Chop sweet potatoes into classic french fry shapes. Try to keep them an even thickness or they will not cook properly.
  3. Add uncooked sweet potatoes to a large bowl (preferably one with a lid, it makes it easier). Add egg whites and toss until the potatoes are coated.
  4. Combine all spices in a small bowl and mix. Add mixed spices on top of your potatoes in large bowl and toss until all fries are lightly coated with spices.
  5. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray and spread the fries out evenly.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Flip the fries and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until desired consistency. Total cook time should be about 35 minutes.
  7. For extra crispy fries: Turn your oven to broil for a few minutes after the full 35 minutes cook time is up.

Serve warm and enjoy 🙂

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

The holidays are a time to enjoy good food and good company. I think it’s safe to say that we all gain a few pounds around November and December. The mix of unhealthy food and a hectic schedule is what does it for me. I let myself indulge a little around the holidays, however, there are ways to make holiday dishes healthier.

I compiled a list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes that I hope you will try and enjoy. These healthy recipes include low fat, gluten free, reduced sodium, and sugar free versions of your favorite recipes. Enjoy the holidays while keeping off those extra pounds.

Fit Men Cook’s Hearty Protein Cornbread is the perfect recipe for those that like to enjoy bread on Thanksgiving. With 8 grams of protein per serving you can indulge while feeding those muscles.

 

100 Days of Real Food’s Sweet Potato Casserole is a healthy spin to the traditional Thanksgiving side dish. A typical sweet potato casserole is loaded with unnecessary sugars and fat. You can dig into this delicious sweet potato casserole without feeling guilty.

Wellness Mama’s Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is an option for those that are seeking low carb Thanksgiving side dishes. I am sure we will all overload on carbs a little bit this holiday but why not opt for a side that is lower in carbohydrates and higher in nutrients and protein?

 

Fit Men Cook’s Ezekiel Bread Stuffing is just as good, if not better, than store bought stuffing. This stuffing is packed with protein and nutrients that you will not find in your typical stuffing. You can easily make this dish gluten free by using Ezekiel’s gluten free bread.

Looking for a healthier vegetable side dish? Give Dextonista’s Clean Green Bean Casserole a try. Green bean casserole is one of my favorite dishes but I know it is usually loaded with sodium and extra fat. This guilt free version has all the flavors without the added sodium and fat.

My very own Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is an excellent option for a healthier Thanksgiving side dish. Asparagus is loaded with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. It also helps flush your body of extra sodium and can relieve bloating. Sound too good to be true? Asparagus might just help relieve you of that Thanksgiving bloat.

You can’t fully enjoy Thanksgiving without having dessert. Busy But Healthy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Bars will satisfy that sweet tooth while providing protein and nutrients.

I found a dessert that is gluten and dairy free with all of the sweet flavors we look for in a dessert. Raia’s Recipes’ Fudgy Black Bean Brownies will be a favorite for those that have food allergies to gluten or dairy.

We have a high protein and a gluten and dairy free dessert but what about sugar free options? I found a No Bake Sugar Free Cheesecake on All Recipes. This is a great option for anyone that is diabetic or one that might want a sugar free option on Thanksgiving.

This list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes would not be complete without an alcoholic beverage. Family Fresh Cooking’s Tipsy Lemonade Iced Tea will help wash all of that delicious Thanksgiving food down. I come from a southern family and we always have sweet tea on Thanksgiving. This is a nice twist for the adults on Thanksgiving. This recipe includes natural sweetener so you can enjoy yourself without drinking a cocktail full of added sugar.

I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving 🙂