Editors note: With women’s pipe finals just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to talk about what these X-Games riders eat. Elena Hight is a queen bee when it comes to healthy eating. So naturally, we thought it fit for her to share some of her tricks of the trade when it comes to making guilty pleasures not so guilty. She sat down with fellow pipe rider and Aussie X-Games and Olympic gold medalist, Torah Bright, to share some recipes for making Torah’s favorite snack more healthy. Hint: French Fries are gold, Torah Bright has gold medals…get it?
Elena Hight HERE! Along with snowboarding one of my biggest passions is cooking. I love taking food that might be considered unhealthy and making it into something new that is nutritious and delicious. I have been challenged to dig into my fellow snowboarders personal lives and find out their nitty gritty food secrets. Who is a chocoholic, and who refused to eat their peas as a kid? With this insight I am going to do my best to upgrade their comfort foods to something a bit healthier while keeping their taste buds happy and also revealing some of their secrets in the meantime. ☺
SO today I am interviewing Torah Bright. Torah is an extremely accomplished, humble snowboarder who won an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, an Olympic silver medal in Sochi in 2014, and countless X-games and US Open medals in between. Still with all of these accomplishments she is most proud of being a great sister, daughter, aunt, and friend.
Name: Torah Bright
Years snowboarding: 17
What kind of food did you grow up eating?
My mother has always been a health enthusiast/fanatic – so life as a kid was hard once I hit primary school and saw all the yummy foods that were around. I don't think I even knew what candy was until then. Everything that is hip and cool now in the health realm is what my mother was doing more that 30 years ago. We bright kids had to stomach some rough things sometimes.
What were the weirdest dishes your mom would make you?
My mother would put all the healthiest things she could find and just put them in one dish... or so it seemed. There were so many dishes that were never edible. We would just cook some eggs for dinner in that case.
What's your favorite comfort food?
Hot chips – (a.k.a.) french fries
What's a food that you absolutely cannot stand?
Sweet Potato Hot Chips Recipe, inspired by Torah Bright
The reason that hot chips or fries get a bad wrap is because they are deep-fried in oil, adding tons of saturated fat and cholesterol to the potatoes. But no one can deny that the best thing about good fries is that crispy, crunchy texture that comes from the frying! So that is what I was trying to recreate in this recipe... Instead of frying the potatoes I baked them to decrease the amount of oil needed, but still got that crunchy fry without all the bad fats. I also subbed regular potatoes for white sweet potatoes to increase the amount of fiber, vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium that you get from the potatoes. Hope that you enjoy!
1 Slice the potatoes into hot chips. I don't worry too much about the size of chip – some are bigger, and some are smaller.
2 Next, place your chips in a bowl of cool water.
3 Let chips sit one hour. This helps to remove excess starch and will help the hot chips crisp up more in the oven.
4 After they have soaked, drain the water, and pat fries dry with a paper towel.
5 Toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
6 Spread out onto a baking sheet that has been generously oiled.
7 Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes – until fries start to get soft.
8 Stir hot chips so that they continue to cook evenly.
9 Turn the oven up to 450 and continue baking until crisp (about 15 minutes) stirring intermediately so that they crisp evenly.
10 Enjoy your healthy hot chip alternative with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce!