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Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries

By September 2, 2014Recipes
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Healthy food has come a long way from the days of steamed veggies, sprouts, and skinless chicken. These days we know how to make food that’s healthy and really delicious.

Take sweet potato fries, for example. You can swap out those traditional Russets for sweet potatoes and get a darned good homemade substitute for one of America’s favorites that doesn’t have nearly the negative punch.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should eat these until your skin turns orange. You can go overboard with anything, but you don’t have to change everything about your life just to be healthy.

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Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

The good news is you can swap out those Russets for sweet potatoes and get a darned good substitute for one of America’s favorites.

Category Side Dish, Vegetables
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Michael Stanwyck


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Smoked paprika, dried basil, or your favorite seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into even matchsticks.
  3. Place on foil-lined tray.
  4. Toss with coconut oil, salt, pepper, and your favorite seasoning.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the fries and the tray halfway through for even cooking.
  6. They’ll be done when they’re tender in the middle and browned on the edges.

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.