Baked Spicy Jicama Fries – Better Than French Fries
What the mutha-love is JICAMA? Pronounced “HEE-kah-ma”. Apparently I have been blind to this vegetable. Here is few jicama facts I learned:
Technically a legume, grows on vines
Texture resembles potato, turnips and water chestnuts
Low in calories and carbs
Great for diabetic menus because it ranks low on the glycemic index
Lots of fiber. Not just any fiber – jicama’s fiber is infused with oligofructose inulin, which has zero calories and doesn’t metabolize in the body into sugar the way potatoes do.
Promotes good bacteria in the gut
Excellent source of vitamin C
Healthy amounts of potassium
Contains important vitamins like folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and thiamin, and the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.
When purchasing, choose one that is firm with no soft spots or splits.
The skin is not edible so use a knife to cut away the skin and the tough fibrous outer layer.
Ok now that we know the A – Z ‘s of jicama we can get down to the most important piece of information – no-guilt fries and I can use my beloved ketchup!
I HEART KETCHUP SOOOO MUCH
Eating healthy can have it’s sacrifices but there ARE alternatives. Use jicama instead of potatoes and you have healthy french fries. And a reason to use that red sweet nectar called ketchup 🙂
You can use whatever spice suits your taste too. I love a seasoned fry with heat but you could try lime juice and paprika OR a little salt and pepper OR even try some cinnamon and coconut palm sugar and use organic maple syrup as your condiment for dipping. Just coat your “fries” in melted coconut oil first so that your flavoring sticks.
Baked Spicy Jicama Fries - Better Than French Fries
One of my favorite breakfasts besides a hot cuppa joe is a delicious protein shake. They just start me off right. I make this shake for a sweet snack too.
This is one of my most made shakes because it’s simple, has protein, potassium, a little calcium and good fats. Paleo, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and surprisingly filling at only about 160 calories. Oh and I didn’t even mention how sweet, creamy and delicious it is.
Since the weather is gets warmer, I’ll be ramping up my shake/smoothie intake. My Nutribullet is going to be very busy.
The next super hot day I’m absolutely making my Healthy Chocolate Shake which happens to taste just like a Wendy’s Frosty, just sayin’.
What immediately came to mind when I took my first bite was “you touch my banana and I will cut you”. I felt like a kid at a carnival eating this thing because it’s so gooey chocolaty decadent, no one has to know it’s paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free or healthy.
I made a little tinfoil boat for my banana to sit in while in the oven so it didn’t tip over and spill all the friggin yumminess out all over the place.
If you have a sweet tooth and I know you do (don’t lie), you need this banana concoction in your life and more importantly, in your mouth. I cannot wait to get home from yoga tonight and devour one of these. I have 2 bananas left and if hubby plays his cards right, I might make him one because I’m certainly not going to share 🙂
I’ve enjoyed a juicy broiled grapefruit many many times but wanted to turn it up a notch and boy did I ever! If you’ve never broiled a grapefruit, I encourage you to partake in this type of debauchery.
Broiling grapefruit softens the pulp and allows the juices to break free. You think you’ve had a juicy grapefruit before? Try broiling it, you’ll be amazed. So sweet and tender all by itself.
But add some raw honey, sliced banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you just took breakfast to a whole new mouth-gasm, flavor combination explosion, nutritionally packed level.
Not only are these delicious, juicy, full of favor but you can start your day with:
Healthy gut flora
Just cut your grapefruit in half and pre-section the wedges with a knife. This will make it easier to enjoy all the goodness easily with a spoon when it’s done. When you spread the raw honey on the grapefruit it may seem difficult to spread but it only takes a couple of seconds for the citric acid to make the honey more spreadable. Top with sliced bananas and sprinkle with cinnamon. Little on steps, HUGE on taste.
You can see below how I made little tin foil circle to place the grapefruit in to keep it from tipping. It’s not necessary but It my baking pan doesn’t have sides so I didn’t want to take the chance of it getting away from me.
Preheat oven to broil with baking sheet on the middle rack. Too close to the heat and your grapefruit can burn.
Cut grapefruit in half and spread 1 tbsp of honey on each half.
Place slices of banana on top of each grapefruit half.
Sprinkle each half with cinnamon.
Broil for 4 - 8 minutes. Check at 4 minutes and if not browned yet, put in for another 2 minutes at a time. Mine took the full 8 minutes but oven temperatures vary so be safe and check every couple minutes after the initial 4 minutes.
Eat and have a napkin handy because these sweet delectable citrus treats are juicy!
Fresh figs make me all kinds of giddy and happy. Since they are seasonal, I don’t get to eat them as often as I would like. I usually have to wait well into Summer to enjoy my favorite fruit so imagine my surprise and delight when my grocery store had figs already, in late April. I may have squealed aloud in the store – whoops.
I love figs for their sweetness, the quick shot of fiber, high potassium levels, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, skin healing properties, etc. Read this little post about all the awesome goodness of the fig. I knew they were healthy but didn’t realize how healthy until I read up on them.
My favorite fig treat is simple but oh so decadent. Just wash gently, slice into quarters, sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and drizzle with some organic honey.