I’m all about sweet potatoes! Honestly, I could live off of sweet potatoes. Mash them, bake them whole, make fries, make hash, make latkes – the possibilities are endless!
These zesty sweet potato fries have been on repeat. I love them as a snack or as a side alongside a burger.
I enjoy eating sweet potato fries on their own but also love having various dips to dunk them in. Two of my personal favourites are honey garlic bbq sauce and guacamole. Can we talk about guacamole for a second? I am seriously obsessed with avocados. No joke, some days I’ll eat two entire ones. Especially when it’s mashed into guacamole, that dip goes FAST. Now, although many people might say “omg that’s so much fat,” it is in fact good fat and either way, I don’t care. I personally don’t have any off limit foods and I also don’t tell myself things like “ok sarah, you’re allowed 1/4 of an avocado today.” Is that a joke?
If you’re eating real food, I believe that you can eat anything you like! It’s all about listening to your body and giving it what it wants. If you’re hungry, eat. If 1/4 or 1/2 of an avocado doesn’t satisfy you, eat the whole damn avocado. If you want another slice of toast, eat it also. What I’m trying to say is don’t deprive yourself of the things you love. Labelling certain foods as “off-limit foods” will only cause you harm and could lead to disordered eating thoughts and habits. I’m not here to brag in any way but, I believe that my relationship with food has always been great since I never told myself “I can’t eat this” about a given food.
I was recently having an interesting conversation with some people. One guy was telling everyone how he was cutting bread and sugar out of his diet (pretty baffled at how he is giving up bread but that’s another story).. Meanwhile, we were all enjoying birthday cake because they surprised me for a belated birthday celebration. As he went on talking about his strict diet, someone asked him if he wanted a slice of cake.. His reply? “I wish I could eat half the cake but I can’t. If I’m craving sugar, I eat a date or piece of dark chocolate.” I was honestly so irritated at all this diet talk because there is no such thing as a diet. He didn’t let himself have a piece of cake, not even a tiny one, yet he said he wished he could have half of the whole cake. This is where the unhealthy relationship with food can begin. Training or no training, I believe that you should still be living your life and definitely enjoying the foods you love. I’m currently training for a 1/2 marathon and you best believe I’m not giving up sweets – or anything for that matter. I mean, how could I even say no to desserts like my cookie dough bites or no-bake snickers bites.
The moral of my little story is eat what you want; don’t get caught up in calorie-counting gimmicks and diets. Say yes to the things you enjoy! Don’t avoid a piece of delicious birthday cake that has you drooling. Most of all, if you’re hungry, eat. Just because you already ate one serving, doesn’t mean you should stop yourself from having more if you’re truly hungry. This definitely rings true for me because I notice that on days I run, I am a lot more hungry and don’t just stop at one piece of avocado-egg toast like deceiving photos in the Instagram world portray. I eat until I’m satisfied because I love my body and want to nourish it. Eating is not rocket science. Eat when you’re hungry, until you are satisfied – if you feel like you need extra help, go see a registered dietician.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about my little food rabble. Back to the scheduled program: ZESTY SWEET POTATO FRIES!
This super easy guacamole makes a great dip for these sweet potato fries and is ready in under 2 minutes. My classic guacamole is made by mashing 2 avocados and adding the juice of 1 lime, 1/4 diced red onion (optional) and salt & pepper to taste.
Zesty Sweet Potato Fries (for 2 potatoes)
- 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into fries
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tbsp sumac
- 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
- 1-2 tsp himalayan sea salt
- Cut sweet potatoes into fries.
- Make zesty seasoning by combining all the spices in a small bowl and mixing until combined.
- Place sweet potato fries on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with avocado oil and sprinkle the zesty seasoning.
- Broil at 350F degrees for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!