Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer, barbecues, picnics, outdoor entertaining.... But June is the official start to summer, schools are out, vacations are starting and the weather is warming up. Our fresh fruit and vegetable options seem to be endless this time of year, always fun to look up what is in season during this time. One item that always seems to be in the produce section are starchy carbohydrates like yams, sweet potatoes, certain squashes, and always potatoes in various sizes and colors.
In the world of living a clean Whole Foods lifestyle, we know how beneficial carbohydrates are for our brains. Carbohydrates are the best energy source humans have available, our bodies have adapted to metabolizing them efficiently. Also due to so many people switching to gluten free eating this means a decrease of grains in their diets, so what better way to get whole healthy carbohydrates than with starchy vegetables?!?! Another benefit to consuming more starchy vegetables is that they can leave you feeling full and satisfied after a meal, therefore keeping you from snacking and overeating.
I want to share an easy, delicious and healthy recipe for sweet potato fries, you may find yourself eating them along side more than just burgers. Nourish your brain, and savor your soul!
Sweet Potato Fries
2 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into sticks
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp jamaican, cajun or caribbean spice blend
(the spice in combination with the sweet makes for a delicious balance)
In a ziplock bag or large bowl combine the fries, olive oil, juice of the lemon, and spice blend of choice, add salt and pepper to taste.
Allow the potatoes to to rest in the flavors for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Lay the sweet potatoes on a cooking sheet and roast them in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, they are done when fork goes in smoothly.