Sweet Potato Fries

These crispy, crunchy sweet potato fries are one of my favorite healthy sides! Way healthier than traditional french fries, they are filled with nutrients, low in calories and high in fiber!

Ingredients:

-2 or 3 sweet potatoes cut lengthwise into “French fry” shape
-1⁄4 cup coconut oil* or olive oil *I usually melt the coconut oil before pouring it over the potatoes
-1 tbsp sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread a small amount of oil on a baking sheet.
Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into “French fry” shapes. Put the sweet potato strips in a large bowl and drizzle with oil. Toss well so that each piece is coated. Sprinkle fries with sea salt. Place sweet potato strips in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Season to taste (cinnamon is yummy!). I like to serve them with crème Fraiche. Enjoy!

Note: you can substitute almost any other root vegetable – rutabaga, parsnips, carrots, turnips.

**Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, and one serving will supply an adult with their daily requirement for vitamin A and 1/3 of their daily requirement for vitamin C. Sweet potatoes are low in calories and high in fiber.

**Coconut oil contains almost 50% of lauric acid, a 12-carbon saturated fat, which the body turns into monolaurin, a substance that may kill parasites, yeasts, viruses and pathogenic bacteria in the gut. Coconut oil may also strengthen the immune system, promote optimal development of the brain and nervous system, protect against cancer and heart disease, and promote healthy bones. Finally, coconut oil seems to be the best fat for ensuring the proper uptake of omega-3 fatty acids into the tissues.

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