Eat More French Fries in 2014!

french friesDo you love french fries?  Me too!  I mean, who doesn't…french fries are one of those amazingly delicious foods that satisfy all kinds of cravings.

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.



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  1. YES!  Wait… What?!?  POLLY is pushing french fries?!!!!!  You certainly caught my eye – and WOW, when you spell it out in numbers it is pretty clear why these little buggers have no place on my plate – well, maybe 3 or 4!    

    Your recipe looks delish and since I LOVE sweet potatoes, this is a no brainer.  

    Thank you for helping this motivational speaker with her new mantra – I make healthy nutritional choices for a strong body and sharp mind!  

  2. FABULOUS!!! LOVE this! LOVE it! And see – you are the kind of motivational speaker I adore! You give me DOABLE ideas! Not ones that are going to leave me starving and resentful. Thank you SO much for this one! Off to make these Fabulous French Fries right now!

  3. Great idea Polly! With portion sizes getting bigger and bigger – it's a great thought to share my indulgences with someone for less or no guilt! This is truly why you are the healthiest motivational speaker I know!

  4. This post was absolutely mouth watering. Loved it.


  5. French fries are the best! Truly one of my favorite items to eat on the planet. I've attempted the sweet potatoes before as we all love them, but find I need more oil for them to crisp up a bit. Am I doing something incorrectly Polly? Please let me know as I want to join you in the world of health.

    • Alas, Colette, you are not doing anything wrong.  The truth is more oil = more crispness.  You have a choice here:  Increase the heart healthy olive oil to make the fries crispier OR readjust your textural expectations for the sake of cutting fat calories.  Waah, waah. :)

  6. So I'm hearing you say that it's okay I use oil since I use the heart healthy kind. Right?  I LOVE sweet potatoe fries  – more than regular fries – and can't WAIT to try this recipe. What about restaurant sweet potato fries? Any reason to feel guilty for ordering those?  And I often feel guilty ordering cole slaw because of the sugar. But maybe it's better than the fries – or the chocolate fudge sundae I really wanted instead of dinner.  sigh.

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