buh-bye instant gratification
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
I had a seriously intense craving for sweet potato fries today. But luckily this time I remembered that I gave up fried foods before I did any damage. The craving persisted through work. I finally decided to stop at the grocery store on the way home.
I have never been a fruits and vegetables girl. In fact, since I started making fruit smoothies two months ago, I have bought more produce in those two months than my entire life combined. I'm making some serious changes! Anyway, I've never bought a sweet potato before. When I went to the produce section I saw "white sweet potatoes" and "yams". Where were the orange sweet potatoes? I don't know what white ones taste like, but the orange color is part of the craving (which is COMPLETELY weird for me, a girl who used to never eat colorful things!). I retreated to the frozen food section, maybe they would have baked sweet potato fries. No luck, but it just so happened that a good friend was texting me and I sheepishly asked her if sweet potatoes and yams were the same thing. Why can't we just come up with one name?? Or put both of them on the label? Either way, I walked out of the store with one raw sweet potato (yam).
Next up, cutting seasoning and baking the fries. Sweet potatoes are harder than potatoes to cut. I used less oil than the recipe called for (but next time I think I will use cooking spray and leave out the oil all together). Then I popped them in the oven and waited. The house started smelling great and I flipped the fries. And waited. All in all, it took me 30-40 minutes to complete this after work snack. But they were so delicious!!! And I'm just going to have to assume that they were at least a little healthier baked than if I had bought them fried.
I will definitely be making sweet potato fries again in the future, but it's going to take some time and mental reprogramming to not give into instant gratification. Also took Khaleesi on a run before dinner to work off the snack!