Baked Yam ‘Fries’ – A Great Option for Endurance Athletes

For fellow endurance
athletes, our choices of sports nutrition products on the market leave a lot to
be desired.  Yams are an excellent
choice to help fuel the body for training and racing, and the addition of a
pinch of salt helps to prepare for the electrolytes that will be lost through
sweat.   Easy, tasty and
without the saponins you’d find in potato-derived French Fries.

Serves Four

Two large, 8 – 10 oz yams

2 Tablespoons cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil

Salt & Pepper to taste


-Preheat oven to broil.

-Wash, then slice the yams into ½” thick, by ½” wide by 3-4
“ long strips (depending on the size of the yam).  Most importantly, keep the size of all the slices the same
to ensure even cooking.

-Toss well with the oil to ensure the yam pieces are evenly

-Place on rimmed baking sheet, lined with a piece of
parchment paper (makes for an easy clean-up).

-Broil for 10’ on one side, then turn over and broil
10’.  Yams are done when easily
pierced with a fork.  Remove from
oven, then sprinkle salt and pepper on top.

-Let cool 5 minutes before eating.

-These will store quite well in the refrigerator and are
perfect for right before or after your endurance workout.