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Recipes Made Simple: No fuss Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries


As part of my Recipes Made Simple Cooking Guide, one of my favorite sides to use are sweet potatoes.  This recipe is very simple.  All you will need is 1 large sweet potato, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and cooking spray.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees
  • Peel potato and cut into fries
  • Spread fries onto a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  • Evenly coat the fries with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.
  • Place into the oven and cook until tender usually 15-20 minutes depending on how thick you cut your fries.

Optional: once tender, spray the fries one more time and place in the broiler on low for 2 minutes. This will give the fries a little extra crisp.  

Full recipe: Jalapeño and Onion Burger

Cheap Ebook Cookbooks for Beginners:
Meal Prep: The Best Meal Prep Recipes Cookbook for Preparing Clean, Delicious, and Nutritious Meals (Meal Prep, Meal Prep Cookbook, Meal Planning 1)
Crockpot Cookbook: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes for Healthy Slow Cooker Meals (Crockpot Recipes, Crock Pot Cookbook, Crock Pot Recipes Cookbook, Slow Cooker Recipes)
Clean Eating: 25 Healthy Recipes to Lose Weight with Amazing Speed
30 Healthy Dinner Recipes For Rapid Weight Loss: Impress Your Loved One! (Best Recipes for Dieters Cookbook Book 1)

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And for help planning meals visit $5 Meal Plan

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Eating Quality and Quantity 

How I Keep to My Meal Plan

When I first started dieting, I would eat plain dry chicken breast, a few florets of broccoli from a steamer bag, and a 1/4 of a sweet potato.  It was as boring and unsatisfying as it sounds. Like so many people starting off on a diet, I did a dramatic cut of my calories, which lead to me craving junk foods.  It was this mental barrier that was the hardest for me overcome.  Food for me was a way to cope with many of my life’s problems.  I found myself addicted to sugary, fatty, and heavily salted foods, that gave me an immediate feeling of satisfaction.  But what came next? Guilt.  I found that the short-term satisfaction didn’t last as long as the guilt of, “cheating”, on my diet.

So, how do I avoid giving into my cravings?

What I have done to help limit my cravings is to add more food to my diet.  Sounds counterproductive to losing weight, right? How I have done this is by adding more nutrient dense foods to my diet.  By adding more vegetables, lean cuts of meats, and high fiber carbs, I have been able to increase the amount of food that I eat at each meal without increasing the calories.  I stay full longer and crave less junk. 

List of 20 nutrient dense foods

I also started to take my time and plan out my meals. I know everything that I’m going to eat each day.   The next step is I stick to my planned meals. I portion my meals and bring them with me to work so I have meals ready to eat.  Having prepared meals helps me from going out to eat junk for snacks and lunches. 

I also log my food in my Lose it App.  This Application allows me to see how many calories, grams of protein, carbs, and fats I’m consuming each day.  The app also allows me to sync my Fitbit.  Now I was tracking my calories in and my calories out allowing me to adjust my nutrition plan to fit my fitness goals.  

When I started eating more nutrient dense foods, my body was getting what it needed to grow muscle and slowly shed the fat (It doesn’t happen overnight people).  

Here are a few of my dinner and meal prep meals:

What’s for Dinner? Italian Seasoned Chicken Breast with Quinoa & Brown Rice, Bell Pepper, Asparagus, and Spinach.

What’s for Dinner!! Dinner For 2

Shredded Chicken with Rice and Potatoes Meal of the week

How to make Oatmeal Protein bars for the week?