Healthy substitutes

French fries are a favorite with people worldwide. Most fast food outlets serve them. Moreover, they are also available in frozen forms. One has to just fry them and eat. But they are not healthy foods. However, one can have equally tasty but healthy substitutes of French fries. Which are these alternatives?

French fries

French fries are deep fried crispy potato slices or wedges. They are salted and are available in almost all fast food restaurants. One can order them solo or as a side dish to a large meal. Both ways they taste good. And frozen French fries are also available in the supermarkets. It has to be deep-fried. And one can eat it after sprinkling salt on it and dipping it in tomato ketchup or other sauce types or dips.

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French fries (Source: Recipe Tin eats)

But these fries are categorized as junk foods and are not healthy. They are high in calories, oil, saturated fat, and sodium. All of these increase risk of chronic diseases of heart and blood vessels. They can cause high blood pressure. Moreover, they lead to obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. They cause body inflammation and gut issues.

Instead of these fries, one can opt for their healthy substitutes. Which are these alternatives that are crispy, tasty and healthier?

Healthy substitutes of French fries

Baked vegetables are healthier to French fries. They have less oil and salt and are heart-friendly.

Baked potato

Potatoes are nutritious which give instant energy. They have dietary fiber and can make the eater feel full for a longer time. Hence when taken in moderation, they can help weight management. The baked variety tastes like French fries but is healthier. It is also easy to make and less messy.

Baked sweet potato

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Baked sweet potato (Source: Japan Center)

The sweet potatoes have low calories and higher fiber content. They keep a person full for a longer time. Moreover, they have a low glycemic index and are good for diabetics. They prevent high blood sugar spikes. Baking makes them more healthier compared to fried potatoes.

Baked carrots

These have a lot of fiber, vitamin A and antioxidants. They are good for eye vision, skin, respiratory tract and heart. They boost immunity and promote weight loss. Baked carrots are healthy with no added oil.

Baked zucchini

Zucchini is a juicy vegetable. Slice them into thin strips and bake them to a crispy level. They are good with main food dish and in salads. One can dip them in sauce and eat them solo. Zucchini is high in vitamin B6 and can help control blood sugar levels.

Baked turnip

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Baked turnips (Source: Small town woman)

Turnips are available in winter months and have innumerable health benefits. They are rich in phytochemicals and vitamins and minerals. Baje this seasonal vegetable and relish them without fear or guilt.

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One can bake or grill most vegetables and consume them for their health benefits. The crispiness and crunchiness that comes with baking increases their taste. Why not give it a try instead of French fries?