These tasty bites are something I make quite often. I make a bunch too so I have leftovers! They are a great snack, side dish for dinner or even with some tofu scramble for breakfast. I add them to wraps and burritos. Anytime you need something sweet with a kick they're good.
Super easy to make with just a few ingredients, these are a great plant-based, whole-food recipe to add to your favorites!
4 Medium Sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into half inch pieces.
2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon.
1/4 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Add as much as you like. You might like it really spicy!
Salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine the sweets with all the other ingredients and mix well. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the sweet potato mixture on the cookie sheet. Spread out evenly. Bake the sweets for 25 mins. or until slightly browned on the outside. Remove from oven and serve.
These reheat very well and I also freeze them. When freezing, defrost first and then reheat.
I hope you enjoy these tasty bites! Be sure to make enough for leftovers!
I Hope You Enjoy! Please leave a comment and let me kmow what you think!
Diet Soda I really can't come up with any good reasons to drink diet soda, it doesn't even taste good. There are many reasons not to drink it though! When you drink diet soda right from the second you put it in your mouth it starts doing damage by breaking down the enamel on your teeth from the phosphoric acid. Then the aspartame can trigger your body into thinking it has just processed sugar and can trigger the production of insulin in your body which send you into fat storage mode. Definitely not what you're looking to do when you're trying to lose weight.
Sugary Beverages These are bad just for the fact that they're empty calories. Sugar is a carbohydrate, which will turn into fat in the body. Sugar also affects insulin resistance and blood sugar levels in the blood in turn spiking hunger. Causing you to crave more sugary/carb foods. These are empty calories that are not fueling your body, it is not giving you what your body needs to function well. Indulging every once in while is fine, just be sure to be aware of not only your sugar intake in your drinks but also the added sugar that's in most processed foods. I tend to just drink water and eat whole foods, this way when I do want to have that cupcake I know it's OK.
Processed Foods Processed food are usually high in unhealthy refined fats. They are commonly full of added sugar and high fructose corn syrup. They are also engineered to be so rewarding to the brain that we crave them. Having a Twinkee every once in a while isn't the worst thing in the world. It's when we eat so many of these processed foods it becomes addictive and turns into a vicious cycle. Rather than reach for the processed Twinkee, which as far as I'm concerned is disgusting anyway, make some homemade cookies or brownies with real whole food ingredients as a treat. Be sure to share with friends or freeze and eat every once in a while. Moderation and real ingredients are the key. Read labels and care about what you are fueling your body with. After all, if you want good performance you'll need good fuel.
Alcohol I know, I'm sorry, I like a nice glass of wine or maybe some whiskey or bourbon too! But just like the sugary drinks, it's empty calories. It also impairs your judgment which in turn can cause you to drink more and eat poorly. You'll go for the pizza instead of the salad...for sure after a few, I know I will. Also, when alcohol is present in your body it's considered a toxin that your body wants to get rid of. It becomes your livers top priority. When your liver is in hardcore detox mode, it can't burn fat as efficiently. So, just like anything else on this page, moderation is key. Or just do without it. I'll stick with the moderation.
I avoid most of these things most of the time but I still enjoy some of them in moderation. Just remember not to drive yourself crazy trying to be perfectly healthy and have some fun once and a while!
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Take care of you,