Happy New Year! I am slow getting back from the holidays because I have been sick since the day after Christmas. I am one of those people that had flu-like symptoms, but I didn’t actually have the flu. I had ear infections, sinus infections, stomach bug, cough, cold, fever chills, headache – good times. I feel much better now except one ear is still clogged up which is incredibly annoying. I will take this over some of the other symptoms I had.
I did manage to get back to the gym yesterday and today – yippee. I wasn’t really up for a whole lot, but I managed to do 40 and 30 minutes on the elliptical which is more than I thought I would do. I honestly didn’t feel like going back but I told myself I could take it easy and once I got going it wasn’t too bad. That is a good tactic by the way. Whenever I don’t feel like going to the gym I tell myself I can take it easy that night. That makes it easier to get there and then I usually find that I have lots more energy once I get there after about 10-15 minutes. The key is getting there even when you don’t feel like it. I can tell my body is still a little bit sick (or recovering), because I am not usually a sweaty person, but I sweat my butt off both days. Hopefully I am flushing all of the junk out of my system!
I’m also on the bandwagon of trying to eat as much healthy food as possible after Christmas. My goal is to pack as many fruits and veggies (and other super-type foods) into my diet as possible. Portion control is my second food related strategy. I figure those two tactics along with getting to the gym four days a week will help me shed a few extra pounds this month.
My sister-in-law actually made sweet potato fries over the holidays and I couldn’t wait to get home to recreate my own version. I have to say, making a baked version at home almost tastes better than the fried sweet potatoes I have tried in restaurants. I feel like baking them retains some of the sweetness of the fries that frying might destroy? I also don’t like to overcook them. Anyways – these were really good and if you have never made sweet potato fries at home you should definitely try these. Food like this makes it easy to eat healthy!
We used organic sweet potatoes and it might just be me, but I have found that organic sweet potatoes taste sooo much better than non-organic. They seem to be a brighter color and they are a lot sweeter (which makes for a great fry.) We got these from Trader Joe’s, but I have had them from Whole Foods and Fresh Market and they are sooooo good.
- 2 organic sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (enough to coat)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Peel sweet potatoes and slice into fries. Place on a sheet pan and gently toss with the olive oil, chili powder and lime juice. Spread fries out on pan in an even layer.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until crispy stirring once or twice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.