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Naturally Sweet: Candied Sweet Potato Fries

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Don't let the popular advice to "avoid potatoes" deter you from getting your fill of this season's sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with health benefits, such as blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammation, and antioxidant capacities. Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are also an incredible source of beta-carotene or vitamin A.

These candied fries are one of my favorite side dishes, but, more importantly, they are my kids favorite way to eat sweet potatoes. It makes me smile to think about all the good vitamins and minerals they are happily chowing down.

Theses fries are soft on the inside and crispy and golden on the outside. The maple syrup and natural sugars from the sweet potato caramelize in the oven for an incredibly sweet take on the French fry. Absolutely no ketchup allowed.

Candied Sweet Potato Fries

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound sweet potatoes (about 3)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into long thin wedges, about 6 or 8 wedges per sweet potato. In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet potato wedges, oil, syrup, and ¼ teaspoon salt.

2. Arrange wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle any remaining oil and maple syrup in the bottom of the bowl over the top. Bake 45 minutes. Flip after 20 minutes.

Mary Jolley began exploring eating a wholesome plant-based diet while researching her first book, The Green Diet, in 2007. She has since revised the book to be, 6 Steps to Eating Green. She started MyGreenDiet.com in 2009 and has grown to love sharing her passion for healthy food and natural living. She strives to help others on their journey to beauty, health, and joy.

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