Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

I tried making crispy sweet potato fries and it just didn’t pan out that way…they are more like potato wedges.  Still delicious and it satisfies a fry craving (just add ketchup!) 


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Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
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  1. 1 lb. sweet potatoes
  2. 1 TBS olive oil
  3. 1 TBS siracha hot chili sauce
  4. 1 tsp. chili powder
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cut potatoes ends off and then cut down the middle length-wise
  2. Cut into wedge form (about 1/4-1/2 inch thick)
  3. Soak wedges in bowl of water for about 1-2 hours (IMPORTANT!)
  4. Drain water and lay wedges out to dry on paper towel-lined plate for about 20 minutes
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F
  6. Toss fries with all ingredients on large parchment paper-lined baking sheet (I used a food brush to help coat wedges evenly)
  7. Spread fries on baking sheet (try to make sure they don't touch each other)
  8. Bake 25 minutes, turning halfway though
  9. Broil for the last minute
  1. Makes 3 side servings.
  2. Per serving: 180 cals, 32.2g carbs, 3.9g fiber, 1g sugar, 2.1g protein
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NASM Week 2

Last week’s lesson was on fitness assessments (Ch. 6).  I was getting emails from NASM saying which chapters read but they have all been out of order.  Ch. 1, Ch. 13, and Ch. 6?  Does anyone know why they do it this way?  This week I’m going to go in order and go back to Ch. 2 because I keep having to flip back to chapters I haven’t read yet.

So anyway, back to the chapter recap… 

Worth Noting:          

  • Obtain balanced overview of client: subjective information (general/medical history) and objective (physiological, body compositions, performance tests, static/dynamic posture)
  • Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) designed to indicate whether a client should be performing low, moderate, or high activity levels (aimed at identifying people requiring further medical evaluation before exercising)
  • Learned how to take blood pressure, body composition, how to calculate max heart rate range and BMI
  • YMCA 3-minute step test best for cardiovascular assessment of client
  • Davies test best for upper extremity agility & stabilization             
  • Shark Skill test best for lower extremity agility and neuromuscular control          
  • Knees caving in during overheard or single-leg squat due to overactive adductor complex
  • If you wear high heels often, tightness may result in your gastrocnemius and soleus muscles (calves) so you may need to stretch those muscles more often to avoid any injury down the road

What I’m struggling with:

  • All the different muscle names, definitions, and which muscles are overactive and underactive when people are compensating during an exercise
  • For example: Excessive forward lean during an overhead squat = overactive gastrocnemius, hip flexors, abs, and soleus.  Underactive muscles = erector spinae (mid-low back), anterior tibialis (front of calf) and gluteus maximus

Like I mentioned earlier, this week I’m reading Chap. 2 (Basic Exercise Science) so here we go!

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Seattle Stairclimb

As many of you already know, my husband Conner will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in March.  This event helps the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raise money for blood cancer research and patient services.  His goal is to help fundraise $1000 for the organization and he’s a little over half way there already!   Con has been training hard for this, as it’s no easy feat.  Full gear, air tank, and 69 stories?  Oh and his goal is to do it all in 15 minutes!  He’s been running stairs, doing gym workouts, doing at-home cardio workouts, you name it…

Learn more about it here!

I will also be going with him and cheering him on at the Stairclimb.  I was thinking of all the things he’s done for me and how much he’s helped me grow this past year.  It got me thinking about his line of work and how it has affected me…


Being married to a firefighter has taught me a few things:
Patience – I have to share him with a lot of other people, sometimes day and night, or even a week on a wildfire
Helping people does matter - whether it’s physically/emotionally or in other challenging times (we all need help at some point)
Small acts of kindness matter – it may not seem like it, but you never know what people will remember about you
Appreciating service members for their sacrifices - for all the aforementioned reasons!
Being active/volunteering in the community is great for everyone – it builds up communities, families, and children

 I could name more but those are the ones I could think of.  For all those reasons, coupled with the whole reason for the Stairclimb, I’m really looking forward to this event.
  Thanks for reading and I hope you check out the link above for more info!




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