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Hint: They are not always orange: “Simple -n- Sweet” Sweet Potato Fries


I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t know the difference between a sweet potato and a yam. I just thought orange meant yam. It wasn’t until my dear friend sat me down to tell me that sweet potatoes are white…..and orange.

Shock & awe folks.

Shock & awe.

Now that you’re here reading this, I think it’s best I explain it all to you. Just in case you have thought the same thing.

A sweet potato is white and looks like a potato (wha….) It can also be orange. In America, we tend to call orang sweet potatoes yams. Just for funzies, I suppose.

Elephant Foot Yam
Wild Yam

A yam is actually a white tuber found in  Africa,  Asia, Latin America and even the Carribean. There are a few varieties of yams such as the elephant foot yam and the wild yam. There are also many varieties of sweet potatoes.



Nutritionally, a sweet potato that is orange has more Vitamin A (beta carotene). They are very similar in carb count and both very low in fat. Sweet potatoes also are high in amino acids.


So the next time you’re at the store, know that you are most likely going to see signs for yams that are actually orange sweet potatoes. Don’t freak, just choose the kind you like best and get cooking!

Traditional Sweet Potatoes
Traditional Sweet Potatoes

Here is a basic sweet potato fries recipe. I’ve used it on white and orange sweet potatoes. I like them both! The white sweet potatoes go over better for my kids. I think that’s simply because the color reminds them of what they know as normal fries.

Tip: These pair well with my homemade bbq sauce. I like to make them on the nights I’m grilling up my turkey burgers too. Yumm!

sweet potato fries
Sweet potato fries before baking.
Sweet Potato Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Category: Clean Eating, Paleo, Real Food Recipes, Sides

Servings: Roughly 1 lb. fries

Sweet Potato Fries


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°
  2. Wash, peel and cut sweet potatoes into "fry size".
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sweet potatoes with the oil, salt and minced garlic. I toss them together with my hands.
  4. Arrange the fries on a cooking tray lined with foil. Try not to overcrowd the fries. You may need 2 trays.
  5. Cook the fries for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn over with tongs.
  6. Cook for another 10-12 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your fries.
  7. Once done, allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Sweet Potato Fries

Serves 3 oz. fries

Amount Per Serving
Calories 116.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.445 g 8.4%
Saturated Fat .761 g 3.8%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 275.8 mg 11.5%
Total Carbohydrate 16.1 g 5.4%
Dietary Fiber 2.365 g 9.5%
Sugars 3.272 g
Protein 1.301 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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