In honor of the release of my latest book, “The Oil Free Diet” (May 7th 2015) I have decided to post some of my favorite oil free (no added oil) recipes that didn’t make the book (the book has 30 recipes). The first one up is oil free sweet potato fries (you can also cut the sweet potatoes to make wedges or circles instead)
Sweet Potatoes, peeled and evenly cut
1 to 2 tablespoons of Vanilla Extract
5 cloves of Garlic
A pinch of sea salt
1. Soak the sweet potatoes in a bowl of water from 35 minutes up to 2 hours. This will release the starch and is the secret to getting crispy fries
2. Drain the sweet potatoes, pat dry or allow to air dry and turn on the oven to 350 – 375 degrees Fahrenheit so that it can heat up while you add the seasoning.
3. Generously coat the potatoes with all of the spices and mix thoroughly with your hands so that all of the potatoes are evenly coated
4. Take a baking pan lined with parchment paper or non stick foil and arrange the sweet potatoes so that none of them are overlapping. If you don’t have non stick foil regular foil will do but you must be sure to keep on them and flip them before they stick)
5. Bake for about 20 – 30 minute before removing from the oven. Flip each fry / slice over and return to the oven for another 20 – 30 minutes.
6. (optional) If you like your sweet potato fries extra crispy, put in the broiler for 2 to 5 minutes making sure to watch them so that they do not char.
That’s it! You now have yummy sweet potato fries that are low calorie, crispy, crunchy, slightly sweet and incredibly satisfying! Never buy another bag of frozen sweet potatoes with weird additives again! Bon appetit!
Some women and a ton of men think that skinny legs are quite sexy!
Is it wrong to want a thigh gap?
Is it wrong to desire six pack abs?
Is it wrong to desire big biceps?
Is it wrong to want to get rid of a double chin?
Is it wrong to want to get rid of a muffin top?
If you followed the flawed logic of the critics who chastise women for wanting to achieve an aesthetic where one tries to get rid of the extra fat on the inner and outer thighs, then you would have answered yes to all of those questions.
But you didn’t, did you?
That’s because there is nothing wrong with people preferring to look a certain way, although it may not be physically appealing to you! And if you are going to tell women to embrace their “strong thighs” and that something is wrong with them for wanting to lose fat – then you should take your own advice and embrace your “soft tummy”, muffin top and/or double chin! Because it’s the same exact thing.
But if I told you something was wrong with you for wanting to have six pack abs or a flat tummy, I would sound absolutely ridiculous, right?
We are all entitled to improving ourselves the way we see fit. As long as one isn’t turning to unhealthy measures such as anorexia and bulimia to meet their body goals, what’s the problem? No one rags on the guys in the gym training every day to build up huge muscles, so why attack the women who are training to have slender and thin bodies?
I hope this open letter to the critics of ‘the thigh gap’ will cause you to think twice before you blast another person seeking help on a fitness message board. And if you are one of those women trying to find the answer for how to achieve the elusive gap or just lowering your overall body fat – I’d like to welcome you into this safe space for others who understand your struggle and can finally help you move one step closer to having the body you deserve!