Not-So-Sweet Potato

This sweet potato had been sitting in the back of my refrigerator for a while.  I was getting tired of it sitting there, but I had no idea what to do with it.  I looked around the internet searching “sweet potato recipes,” but after several lists with ingredients I didn’t have, paired with the success of my Scrambed concoction, I soon became confident that I could make my own recipe.

Sweet potato, you’re going down. 😉

First I peeled and sliced the sweet potatoes into bite size “fries”

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A. writes that the  “crayola-colored orange in sweet potatoes comes from beta-carotene, an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in your body and switches on DNA that’s in charge of producing new skin cells and shedding old ones.”

How’s that for a healthy glow?! 😉

I placed the sweet potatoes  in a dish, drizzled a little bit of olive oil over top, and added a dash of salt and a few heavy shakes of cinnamon.

Calorie saving tip!: It was smart to put the mixture in a dish because doing so allowed me to evenly coat the fries with only a teaspoon or two of the oil.

I then set them on a pan, placed inside a preheated oven at 400 degrees, and baked for 20 minutes.

I was getting impatient (and hungry) so I had a dish of blackberries to calm my raging stomach.

I found these blackberries at Kroger the other day.  2 packs for $4= a good deal for Ohio in the winter.

MMM tasty.  (Sidenote: I can’t wait for this summer and the blackberries in my parent’s garden…so fresh, so good.)

Finally the timer went off and it was time to see if my Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries had finished cooking!   The smell from the cinnamon was incredible.   I took them out of the oven and set them on my plate– very ready to dig in.

Blech! They were terrible!  What was I thinking???  The sweet potatoes were mushy and the flavor was way too strong.  Without anything to mask its power, I knew I had to do something… that little bit of blackberries could not suffice for a meal!

So I went against all my nutrition knowledge and melted some marshmallows on top, thinking maybe sugar is what it needed.  Dessert for dinner.  Why did I think this was ok?

The marshmallows did help a tad…but not enough.  The sweet potato taste was just too much for me.

Sweet potato fries = fail.

Frustrated, I settled for a PB sandwich instead.

My new twitter friend Janet was there to help me make sure I didn’t give up on sweet potatoes just yet.  She linked me to Inspired RD’s site for a new recipe for the fries.  It looks like next time I need to cook them at a higher temperature, flip them halfway through, and above all, make sure they are cut into thinner slices.

This recipe was a dinner nightmare, but you learn from your mistakes, right?

And hey, at least the sweet potato isn’t taking up space in the fridge anymore.  That leaves more space for more berries. 🙂


Scrambled…Even Better!

Sunday at noon I arrived back to my condo from church– hungry and ready to cook up something great for lunch.  I debated cooking up a hearty pot of chili, but knew I had some asparagus and spinach in the fridge that I needed to use up.

I cleaned my bedroom and then headed to the kitchen to see what I could create.  Did you guys see my Scrambled recipe the other day?  I was really happy with how it turned out, but knew I could make it better.

With that recipe in the back of my mind, I decided to have another “anything but the kitchen sink” sort of dish.

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In an attempt to try to be creative the other night for dinner, I ended up throwing a whole bunch of things in a pan…hoping it would work out.

It turned out to be a concoction that I’d like to title “Scrambled.”

Ok, I know… it looks a little sketchy on camera.  But MMM did it taste good!

Here’s how I made it…

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My New Favorite Sandwich

I’m a peanut butter sandwich fanatic.


Trust me, I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have a peanut butter sandwich 4 days of the week for lunch.

It’s so easy to pack for lunch, requires very little preparation in the morning, and tastes oh so good!  But lately, I hate to admit it…I have gotten a little burnt out.


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I love shopping!! (grocery shopping, that is!)

Just look at all those colors!! MMM so good!

WOW I cannot believe I bought this much the other day at the grocery.

I think I may have bought a little too much,  but I mean, it was all ON SALE!! I’m such a sucker for a sale.  Activia Yogurt: $.99. (I had a $1.00 off coupon – score!)  Grapes $0.99/lb, Apples $1/lb.  And that whole bunch of bananas?  NINETY ONE CENTS for it all!  Who says eating healthy means expensive?  Not me!

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Action Enhances Reaction: Newton’s Third Law

This blog presents to you installment 3 of the 3 part series dissecting Newton’s Laws of Motion—Health Style.   Part 1 talked about Newton’s first law and part 2 talked about  Newton’s Second.  Any guesses to what part 3 is about?

You guessed it, Newton’s third law.

Newton’s 3rd says that,

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

As I begin to translate this into health words for you, I have a feeling you already know what I’m going to say.

For every positive step you take, there is an equal and opposite reaction that occurs.

For Nutrition, here are how some positive actions can cancel out any negative actions.

  • try some yogurt for dessert (your positive step), and there is a big bowl of ice-cream that you didn’t eat!
  • choose to have breakfast, and your metabolism isn’t still resting!
  • decide to eat the fresh foods you absolutely love, and displace stomach room for the potato chips you don’t care for as much!

What about Exercise? Check out these positive changes:

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If you consider studying “great,” then I had a great weekend 😉  I spent a time Friday night, most of the day Saturday, and all of Sunday studying.  Most of the time I do actually enjoy studying.   But this time… biochemistry… not so much 😦 So rather than bore you with the details of bioenergetics and the Kreb’s cycle, let me share with you some of what I had to eat the past few days!

But if you would like to hear about the details of the Kreb’s cycle, get at me.  I know it now 😉


I really, really need to keep my camera on me because these foods would have produced great pictures!

Here’s the top three things I’ve had over the past few days:

1) Bob’s Red Mill Muesli (

I received a free sample pack back of this in FNCE early November and finally got around to cooking it up!  One word: YUM. Why did I wait so long to make it??

The Muesli is a delicious combination of oats, wheat, and other grains (like rye, barley, triticale) with some fruit (raisins, date crumbles), nuts (walnuts and almonds), and sunflower seeds.  I cooked it on the stove with Almond Breeze Almond Milk and it was so satisfying!

If you’re looking for a new breakfast, TRY THIS NOW!

2) Warm Pineapple

Simply wonderful.  I LOVE grilled pineapple in the summertime and having it now gave me a glimmer of hope and excitement for cooking with all of  summer’s fresh produce.

Please, summer, come soon.

3) My NEW “Low-Calorie Tastes Like High-Calorie Chocolate Cocoa”

You’ve got to try this!! It tastes like Starbucks, but for way less money and WAY less calories! 🙂  It’s the perfect warm up drink for a cold night in the condo watching The Bachelor.

And its simple too!! I’m all about simple in the kitchen.

One cup hot water, two-ish teaspoons (I eyeball it 😉 ) cocoa powder.  Mix it around. Add in one tablespoon any flavor (french vanilla, pumpkin spice) coffee creamer.  And voila: The Low-Calorie Tastes Like High-Calorie Chocolate Cocoa.  I’m guessing it’s no more than 40-50 calories.  YEY!

Off to bed now!  In the morning, I’m working out (!! post to come on the progress of that soon !!) and going grocery shopping.  I have got to find some more of that Muesli!

Night, world.

(Or should I say, “Night, dad.”  Because by the looks of my posts and comments, you’re the only one reading 🙂 )