Sweet Potato Oven Wedges

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Mouthwatering Sweet Potatoes - Cheers to God for giving us such an amazing root vegetable. :)

Mouthwatering Sweet Potatoes – Cheers to God for giving us such an amazing root vegetable. 🙂

February is National Sweet Potato Month!

By:  Vivien Veil

In honour of the sweet potato,  I am going to share a very delicious recipe that will make you pay homage to the potato’s distant cousin.  Oven baked sweet potatoes make a splendid light meal for anyone watching their waistline.

I rarely ate sweet potatoes growing up.  Sweet potatoes only made their appearance once a year during a Thanksgiving feast.  However, this root vegetable’s popularity is quickly soaring.  Thanks to its marvelous health benefits and taste, chefs and foodies all around the world are churning out tasty sweet potato recipes like butter.

Recipe

Yields: 8-10 servings
Total Time: 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 big sweet potatoes, cut into long and thick wedges (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil, for brushing
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander (ground cilantro)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • Optional: Honey or maple syrup, for brushing

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 – 425 degrees F (200 – 220 degrees C).  Get a baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil and set aside.  Note: You can also use parchment paper.  It helps absorb the oil better – making it a healthier way to bake the sweet potatoes.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in a big bowl and brush with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.  Make sure you get them evenly coated.  Then, add the garlic powder, ground coriander, cumin, onion powder, curry powder, paprika, black pepper, sea salt and chili powder/cayenne pepper.  Note: for an even healthier dish, use coconut oil instead of olive oil.  Coconut oil is the best oil to cook with as it is stable enough to resist mild heat-induced damage. Plus, it’s good for you!
  3. Rub the spices on the sweet potatoes and distribute evenly.  Note: I like wearing thin cooking gloves to prevent my hands from getting dirty.
  4. Place the oiled and spiced up sweet potatoes in a single layer on the lined baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes on the middle rack until the sweet potatoes are softened.  Do not cook them too long or else the sweet potatoes will burn.  Transfer the pan to the oven’s top rack and bake for an extra 10 minutes or until wedges are crispy.  OR you can finish the last 10 minutes by passing them onto your hubby next time he has the BBQ going.  Grilled sweet potatoes taste much better off the grill, especially if you baste them with honey or maple syrup.  Note: Keep an eye on the wedges after transferring them to the top rack.  Depending on your oven, you may need to take the sweet potato wedges out sooner than 10 minutes.  Be a hawk!
  5. Remove from the oven.  See below for serving tips. (:

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Food Combining Tip:  Strive for proper food combining, especially if you want to prevent bloating, gas and other unwanted intestinal problems.  Try not to mix proteins with starches.  Your stomach should be gas-free after a meal – plus, you will digest your meals quicker and more efficiently. 

  • Serve sweet potato wedges with lots of raw salad and your favourite dip.  I love eating them with sun-dried tomatoes, hummus and guacamole.
  • Sprinkle the sweet potato wedges with fresh chives, fresh rosemary, or fresh coriander. Top with coarse salt.
  • Other serving options:  brown rice, quinoa, spelt/whole grain pasta, and steamed/roasted vegetables

NUTRITION

Sweet potatoes provide a healthy dose of complex carbohydrates.  Sweet potatoes are a must in any athlete or fitness lover’s diet.  They give off a constant stream of energy into the bloodstream and help regulate blood-sugar levels.

Loaded with antioxidants – sweet potatoes will kick fatigue out the door, which makes this a perfect meal before a hard workout.

Nutrients: Vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C, E, beta-carotene, folic acid; calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc

Why Can’t I Stop Eating?

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By: Vivien Veil

Many foreigners abiding in London share a stereotypical view of Americans – they believe Americans are fat, lazy, and gluttonous.  Sadly, those people are unaware of what is really going on in the United States food supply.   

In reality, Americans deserve more empathy from the rest of the world.  Giant American food corporations are waging a mental war against its fellow citizens.  Americans are the victims in this battle.  Companies like General Mills and PepsiCo covertly began attacking their brains, bodies and health.  (and no, I am not promoting a new zombie film)  These mega corporations are to blame for the raging food addiction sweeping the lives of countless Americans.

The average American is so addicted to processed food that the thought of giving it up makes them sweat.  99% of them would never give up their favorite comfort foods – that is how bad it has become.  It is not just Americans who are addicted – it is any country laden with fast food joints and cheap processed food.

The human population faces a very sinister and potentially life-threatening future.  Countless overweight and malnourished people walk the streets searching for junk food every day.  Obesity levels continue to rise.  Food addiction runs rampant like a ravenous wolf trying to kill its appetite.

Food industries across the world snatched our brains and hormones – tempting us to eat their highly addictive foods.  Disease and illness not only haunts the overweight, but it also attacks thin individuals. 

Do you know a thin person who regularly eats junk food and never gains weight?  That slim person most likely believes they are healthy.  Little do they know that they harbor dangerous internal fat caused by eating a particular man-made sweetener.  Do not believe me?  Go to your nearest hospital and ask your doctor for an MRI scan.  MRI machines can easily detect the fat hiding inside your body.  This visceral fat loves to hug organs, such as your kidneys.  A slender junk food loving person can carry 4-5 liters of fat on their poor kidneys!  Diabetes and cardiovascular disease attacks both fat and thin people. It does not discriminate.

What is this man-made sweetener?

High Fructose Corn Syrup

A host of other names also impersonate high fructose corn syrup – depending on which continent you live. 

Alternative Names:

  • Glucose Syrup
  • Fructose Syrup
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • High Fructose Maize Syrup
  • HFCS
  • Maize Syrup
  • Isoglucose
  • Corn Sugar
  • High Maltose Corn Syrup (High Fructose Corn Syrup’s Sneaky Cousin)

Presently, more and more people acknowledge the alarming side effects of ingesting high fructose corn syrup.  For this reason, The Corn Refiners Association pestered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to let them call their beloved money making ingredient corn sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup in 2010.  The FDA denied their plea to deceive the public this year.  Now if they can only ban HFCS altogether.

Former US President Richard Nixon chats with Earl Butz in the Oval Office at the White House

 History of High Fructose Corn Syrup in a Nutshell

“High fructose corn syrup has a sweet index of 120.  That is sweeter than sucrose.  Why do companies use more then?  The soft drink companies know that the sweeter they make it, the more people will buy their beverages.”

– Dr. Robert Lustig

High fructose corn syrup graced us with its presence in the early 1970s – back when the 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon, ran the show.  Housewives and farmers staged a raucous protest against soaring food prices. Therefore, Nixon devised a plan to appease the masses.  He hired a snake by the name of Earl Butz to serve as Secretary of Agriculture in 1971.  

The world is still paying for that horrendous decision.  What do you expect with a surname like Butz.  He took those poor American housewives and farmers for a ride on the bamboozle train!  Yes, Butz answered their pleas for cheaper food, but at a big price – their health.

Farms turned into mass production fields, churning out low-cost food.  Butz went all out with his motto “get big or get out.” The birth of industrial farms owes its roots to Mr. Earl Butz.  Suddenly, farmers needed cheap food to feed their cattle.  What was their golden ticket? You guessed it – Corn!

Corn also occupies the hearts of many other countries, e.g. United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and Canada.  However, Americans seem to be more in love with corn.  The typical American meal consists of corn.  For example, let us examine the average meal combo: hamburger, chips (fries) and drink.  The farmers feed genetically modified (GM) corn to the cows (corn fed beef).  The bread contains high fructose corn syrup to extend its shelf life.  The chips are fried in corn oil.  The ketchup squirts out corn syrup.  The soft drink houses corn syrup.  Corn syrup is EVERYWHERE.

How Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Make You Fat?

“Some sugar will be converted to fat and some will not be converted to fat.  Fructose is one sugar that is easily converted to fat.  You can find fructose in table sugar and high fructose corn syrup.”

– Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz

We all possess an essential hormone named leptin. This hormone tells your brain when to stop eating.  That, in turn makes you refuse those extra helpings of fried chicken wings.  

Fructose blocks leptin from telling your brain that you are full.  It tricks your brain into thinking you are starving.  At the end, you are going through a brutal cycle of overeating, disease and addiction – which explains why the population is getting sicker and fatter.

What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

A cheap man-made sweetener and preservative.  Many of your favorite processed foods and even some so called “natural” foods contain this artificial ingredient.  High fructose corn syrup is derived from genetically modified corn and then transformed into a toxic elixir. 

Manufacturers love this addictive liquid because it is cheaper than table sugar – which means more profit for them!

How is this toxic elixir made?

Farmers create high fructose corn syrup by milling genetically modified corn to produce corn starch.  Next, they take the corn starch and convert it into corn syrup.  The farmers then transform the corn syrup’s glucose to fructose. Lastly, they mix the fructose with pure corn syrup.  The level of sweetness depends on how much fructose they utilize.

Who invented this stuff?

Richard O. Marshall and Earl R. Kooi introduced high fructose corn syrup in 1957.  However, their attempts to produce it on a grand scale proved futile. Enter Dr. Yoshiyuki Takasaki, a top-notch Japanese government scientist.  Dr. Takasaki magically concocted the HFCS poison in Japan from 1965-1970.

HFCS made its way into American processed foods and soft drinks by 1975.  By the 1980s, it emerged as the number one substitute for sugar.

The only benefit of eating this stuff is that you will one day be able to give a lot of money to the medical establishment.

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

“First off, high fructose corn syrup comes from genetically modified corn.  You can get chronic allergies from your apple sauce if it contains HFCS.  You give that to your child, and 20 minutes later, your child will be hungry again.  HFCS pushes your hormone leptin out of your body.  It confuses and tricks your brain into thinking you are hungry. It is causing an obesity epidemic.”

– Dr. Bob DeMaria

You’ve made me scared! Tell me which products have this toxin!

Do you hate cooking from scratch?  Love junk food?  Can’t get enough of sugar? If you answered yes to one of those questions,  you will be thrilled to know that many of your beloved items in your pantry and fridge contain this nasty chemical.

High fructose corn syrup lives in processed food, yogurt, drinks, candy, frozen foods, ice cream, processed meats, canned fruit, ketchup, salad dressing, syrup, cake mixes, canned vegetables, sauces, apple sauce, soups, baked goods, nutrition bars, breakfast cereals, candy bars, etc.  As you can see, it is everywhere.

Get in a habit of checking every food label when you go grocery shopping.  Try and cook most of your meals at home using fresh ingredients.  Yes, it is time consuming, but at least you will be feeding yourself and your loved ones non-toxic food.  Eat more natural whole foods instead of processed junk.  Most important tip: Please stay away from fast foods restaurants!

You will feel much better once you stop eating this poison.  Oh, and do not be surprised if you start losing weight once HFCS is out of your body.

Some Popular Foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup