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Fry this on for Size: Healthy French Fry Alternatives

Jul 12 2019

Put a healthy twist on French fries with these alternative recipes!

Traditionally, this favorite side is fried in vegetable oil which adds additional fat and calories. Baking instead of frying helps minimize the amount oil in your food. Using olive oil is also a better option when it comes to nutrients and minimal processing of the oil.

Instead of using regular potatoes as your French fry base, consider healthier veggies like sweet potatoes or green beans. Even a fruit like avocado tastes great and is a more wholesome option.

Recipe 1: Sweet Potato Fries 


2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Place sweet potatoes and oil in a large bowl, toss. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika. Arrange potatoes on baking sheet evenly and cook for 18 to 24 minutes, flipping occasionally, until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe 2: Baked French Fries


3 lbs. potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and cut potatoes into fry shapes. Toss potatoes with mixture of olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 450 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, flipping once, until golden brown.

Recipe 3: Avocado Fries 


3 avocados
3 whisked eggs
1 cup of flour
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or substitute with garlic powder)

Slice avocados in half and then lengthwise into wedges. Mix breadcrumbs with cayenne pepper and salt. Roll avocado slices in flour, then eggs, then breadcrumb mixture. Place on wax paper then a baking sheet, spray well with cooking spray. Bake for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees, flip half way though and respray.

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