Unfortunately, if you're reaching for the typical french fries deep fried in vegetable shortening, your health and waistline are going to pay a VERY costly price to satisfy that craving. In fact, a modest 200 gram serving (equivalent to 1 potato) contains:
- 638 calories
- 76g of high glycemic carbs
- 34g of fat
- And without a doubt the worst stat of all: 16g of trans fat! Yikes!
So this is how I do it: When eating out at a casual restaurant I always order the side of cole slaw hoping upon hope that the person or persons who I'm with will order the French fries. They usually do. To assuage their guilt of eating every one I offer to snatch a couple from their plate. I usually snatch 3-4. It’s a win-win. I get my small portion of the greasy, salty, potato-y fix and they don’t have to harbor the guilt of eating the whole thing!
Another way to satisfy that french fry craving without depending on other’s poor choices is with this healthy and delicious alternative.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
3 large sweet potatoes
1 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1/2 – 1 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp paprika
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, toss all ingredients (except the cinnamon) until the potato wedges are evenly coated with oil and spices.
Place on a baking sheet, seperated evenly, and then sprinkle cinnamon on top as desired. Bake for 30 minutes or until done.
Nutrition facts per 200 grams (1 potato):
- 274 calories
- 39g of lower glycemic carbs
- 9g of fat
- And best of all: ZERO grams of trans fat!
Next time you're in the mood for french fries, give this healthy and delicious alternative a try. You'll save more than 350 calories while completely avoiding the health-derailing trans fats found in deep fried french fries.