Nutritionists and dietitians will tell you one thing – stay away from fried foods because it is potentially filled with trans-fat or saturated fats. But, how can they blame us, the normal people, who can’t resist the urge to eat those crispy fries? I especially love McDonald’s French fries since they are so good but with the health problem arising, it had to be put to a stop.
It got me thinking. Are there other veggies or food out there that can be substituted for potatoes that can be made into “fries”? Normally, one hundred grams of fried French fries provides 312 calories. The total fat in that is 15 grams which is 23% of a person’s daily value. The carbohydrate content is 41 grams with 3.8 grams of fiber and 3.4 grams of sugar. But you know what, with alternatives and other options, these nutrition facts could get a bit better.
Now, let’s focus on eating fries but not from potatoes. You would still fry them or if you want to, you can try baking it – we’ll see what happens. Are you ready? Here are 7 French Fries Ideas that you may want to try – and each of the options is healthier than potatoes, too.
Green Bean Fries
You can make your own Green Bean Fries or you can go to TGI Friday’s and order a serving of Green Bean Fries. Why is this better than the regular French Fries made of potatoes? Well, here is the lowdown.
Green Bean Fries serving is 190 calories in total. It has 9 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein. It is better, right? This serving is roughly 15 pieces of fries and you can say that since it is green beans, you will get a load of fiber, calcium, iron, Vitamins A, C and K. Take it easy on the batter, though.
Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes
If you want a taste of French Fries but with a flavorful and cheesy twist, more like a bite-sized casserole, this is the food for you. The Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes is a specialty of a restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah named “The Garage”. It is a comfort food for Mormons since it is made in funeral potatoes. Anyway, just don’t eat too much of it and limit intake.
Broccoli Rabe Fritto Misto
The Broccoli Rabe Fritto Misto is a dish made of broccoli rabe, the “cousin” of broccoli. It is known as Rapini and it is a softer version of the super food. This veggie is chopped into small pieces, splashed and butter and then fried. On top of that, some people squeeze a bit of lemon to add a sour taste.
With that, you will get 22 calories per 100 grams of Rapini or Broccoli Rabe. The best thing about it is the fact that 50 grams of Rapini is about 50% of RDA in Vitamin S and it has 33% of Vitamin C per 100 grams of Rapini, as well.
Can you believe this? Anchovies can also be made into fries! These little fishes have soft bones and can be eaten as is when made into “fries”. What’s even greater about this is that anchovy is a healthy fish to eat. It has essential fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc that the body needs.
This may seem impossible but it is not. Avocado Fries is a delicacy created by Chef Trey Foshee of George’s at the Cove, located at La Jolla in California. This creamy and soft fruit is the perfect side dish or afternoon snack since avocado is a wonder fruit full of monounsaturated fats – the good kind of fats – and even if it is high in calorie, eating it once or twice a week will provide you of all the necessary Vitamin B-5 benefits like healthy hair, lowered cholesterol and smooth skin.
You need to use egg whites as batter for this nutritious and delicious fries. Asparagus is very low in calories as it only has 20 calories for every 100 grams. The veggie is also rich in Vitamin K for stronger bones, folate for the brain, selenium for fertility and immune system boosters, iron and Vitamin C, among many others. It is crispy and crunchy since asparagus is naturally firm.
How about tofu? Can it be made into fries? Of course, it can. And don’t forget how nutritious tofu is – essential amino acids, protein, iron, calcium, selenium, phosphorous and manganese – all of which are for the muscles and the bones. Try it today. It only has 76 calories for every 100 grams.