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We’ve been receiving sweet potatoes in our CSA box lately, so I’ve taken to baking sweet potato chips for an afternoon snack. They’re delicious, nutritious and… pick another word! They’re that, too!

My approach to baked sweet potato chips is pretty straightforward. I start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees. Then, I take a sweet potato that has been washed and thoroughly dried and cut it into thin slices.

I toss the slices in a bowl with some olive oil, coarse sea salt and ground pepper. You can also add brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice or any spices you like. I just prefer mine straight up.

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It dawned on me the other day that I haven’t made a single mention of what I’m actually doing to try to get healthy. So, today, I bring you DailyBurn.

DailyBurn is a free-to-join website and iPhone app that “provides best-in-class fitness plans, nutritional tracking, and social motivation to help you reach your health and fitness goals.”

Users can set personal health and weight-loss goals; join user-generated fitness challenges and training programs; interact with online users via the forums; and connect with local members and motivators. Premium services require a subscription fee and specialized apps like the FoodScanner — “the ONLY app that lets you use your iPhone’s camera to scan UPC barcodes and quickly track how many calories you consume throughout the day” — are available for purchase through iTunes, but the site is light on direct marketing and never very pushy about sales.

For my part, I use DailyBurn primarily for its nutritional tracking. Read the rest of this entry »