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One Potato…Two Potato…Three Potato…Sweet Potato?

Category: Paleo, Recipes
29 March 2010, Comments: 11


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.

9) Enjoy.

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!!!


11 responses on “One Potato…Two Potato…Three Potato…Sweet Potato?

  1. AJ says:

    This looks AWESOME! We normally do sweet potato fries, and I like the egg batter idea to add that crunch that is so missing. Nice one!

  2. Theo says:

    Hey AJ,
    This recipe is hella bomb. The key is to season the egg white, and then season the sweet potatoes prior to baking it.
    Let me know how it goes.

  3. smita says:

    Yum!! Have to give this a try too. Nice to finally meet you in person Theo!

  4. ritu says:

    Hello nutritionize fans… I have launched an effort to change the food pyramid… please take a moment to sign the petition:

  5. Rachael says:

    Firstly, thank you for creating that ADA food pyramid petition. I’ve already signed & posted it to facebook. My guess is the #s of people will increase exponentially & rapidly, esp w/ the crossfitting, paleo-eating community on FB & in the blogosphere (I saw your comment on the PaleoChix comment feed).
    Secondly, I’d like to clarify that Dr. Cordain is actually amenable to sweet potatos, like Robb, post-workout as stated in his “Paleo Diet for Athletes” book. It def is a worthwhile read.

  6. ritu says:

    Thanks for the support Rachel and for clarifying!

  7. theo says:

    why is it that the rest of the comments have nothing to do w/ the post? lol. i almost got lost there for a second.

  8. theo says:

    I take that back. I stand corrected. Thanks for pointing that out Rachel!
    Thanks for participating as well.

  9. theo says:

    I stand corrected. Thanks for pointing that out Rachel.
    Please continue to check out the site for more beneficial information.
    Thanks for your contributions as well!

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