Who doesn’t love sweet potato fries? They are amazing and have so many health benefits! They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, Vitamin D, they contain iron, they don’t have a lot of calories, and they help you go to the bathroom. Here is an article that goes into more detail about the health benefits of sweet potatoes.
My boyfriend and I have gotten used to making two variations of all our meals–one for me (smaller portion, less calorie dense, no oil), and one for him (that still remains very healthy and balanced). In this recipe, I will include both versions! Feel free to choose which one you prefer…
I often prepare & cut the vegetables I will use for the day in the morning when I wake-up. That way, everything is ready when I am ready to cook. If you decide to do this, cut the sweet potatoes into strips and place them in a bowl with cold water and ice. This keeps the potatoes fresh for when you are ready to use them. It also removes excess starch and helps them become more crispy when cooked. Additionally, if you decide not to use oil, the water will help the spices stick to the potatoes.
Calorie-Concious Sweet Potato Fries
Makes 1 portion, no-oil: 182 Calories , with oil: 222 Calories
- 1 Sweet potato (approx. 186 g)
- 2 tsp of garlic powder
- 2 tsp of chili powder
- 1 tsp of oregano
- 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (OPTIONAL: if you like it spicy)
- 1 tsp of Olive Oil (OPTIONAL & use 1/2 tbsp for non-calorie conscious eater)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking tray with foil
- Peel & cut the sweet potato into strips (if not in a rush, soak them in cold water for at least an hour for more crispiness)
- Toss the spices and oil (if using) with the sweet potatoes and mix.
- Add the sweet potatoes to the tray in a single layer and bake for 15-20 minutes
*Make sure you check up on the fries at 15 minutes, the cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fries.
*Let them cool for 5-10 minutes of the tray before serving.