French Fries are like rainbows: we smile when we see them and pretty much always want them around. But unlike the sweet and harmless glory of a rainbow, these deep fried potatoes —especially when consumed in excess—sadly come with negative consequences, the kind that over-fluffs our love handles, pocks up our skin and ultimately affects our overall health.
The good news is that with a little creativity, French Fries—like rainbows—can come in a variety of colors, and more to the point, higher levels of nutrition.
By ditching the two main culprits that comprise the downside of a French Fry—the potato (bad carb, which has been associated with Type 2 diabetes) and the frying (trans fat)—healthy possibilities can abound.
What’s orange, honey-flavored and almost as good as a regular potato? SWEET POTATO! But better than regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are nutritional powerhouses, packed with calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium and vitamins A and C, according to The Cleveland Clinic.
A little salt, garlic powder and paprika and 20 minutes in a hot oven is all you need.