After completing a ridiculously crazy and exhausting WOD, your body could use a great post-workout carbohydrate source that provides you with plenty of vitamins and minerals. Depending on your level of strictness w/ the Paleo diet, some of you may benefit from this, and then again, some of you may look elsewhere. If you are die-hard like Loren Cordain's Paleo Diet, you may agree that sweet potatoes should not be consumed because of its high number on the glycemic index; however, nutrition and Paleo expert, Rob Wolff, mentions that sweet potatoes have the abilities to reduce your blood sugar levels, while regulating your insulin production which in turn can reduce one's insulin resistance. So it's all on you, where you stand? If you agree w/ Mr. Cordain, stop reading…otherwise, enjoy this not so fancy way to dress up your sweet potato!
For the sake of continuing my positive streak on weekly recipe posts, which seem to be a hit each week, I will provide you w/ an easy way to prepare and enjoy this awesome post-workout carbohydrate.
Baked Sweet Potatoes +REMIXED+
– 1 or 2 sweet potatoes (depending on how much you want to prepare)
– 3 to 4 cage-free egg whites
– ground pepper
– 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe's or Oregano, Thyme, Garlic Salt
– fresh Rosemary (if you want that added flavor)
– 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– Pam Cooking Spray (optional)
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
1) Wash your sweet potato. I liked to let mine soak in cold water for 10 minutes, then rinse it off.
2) Slice up your sweet potato. I like to slice it up so they look like "coins". The thickness is all up to you. I prefer slicing them quite thin so it takes a shorter time to bake. It's all up to you.
3) Prepare your egg whites by adding some pepper, garlic salt, and your seasonings. Just estimate how much you want to put inside.
4) Dip your sweet potato "coins" inside the egg white mixture, and lay them on a cooking sheet lined w/ parchment paper (you can add Pam if you like to prevent sticking).
5) Once you are done laying them out on your cookie sheets. Drizzle some olive oil on the top of each sweet potato.
6) You can add additional seasoning on the top of each sweet potato once the olive oil is in place.
7) Set oven to 325 Degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for 30-45 minutes. (Baking time may vary depending on your oven, and how thick each sweet potato is sliced).
8) Make sure the tops of the sweet potato are browned.
The egg white mixture will provide a slight crunch to each sweet potato slice. Hope this recipe serves its purpose and "nutrionizes" you after your crazy ass WOD, or as a nice carbohydrate to any lean protein source. It's really good. I promise!
Let me know how it goes.
– T H E O
**Congrats to all the CFU athletes that participated in the sectionals this weekend, everyone had awesome performances! Your hard work and proper nutrition definitely paid off!!!