Truthfully, French fries really aren’t that bad for you, actually the plain old potato is an exceptionally healthy low calorie, high fiber food that offers significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Potatoes are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid.

Most people, however, eat potatoes in the form of greasy French fries or potato chips; even baked potatoes are typically loaded down with fats such as butter, sour cream, melted cheese and bacon bits.

But take away the extra fat and deep frying and a baked potato can be good for you as it also contains a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Among these important health-promoting compounds are carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which exhibit activity against free radicals.

I’m going to feel a little less guilty the next time I indulge myself with a treat of McDonalds’ French fries.

But that is not the point I want to make in this article. Let’s talk about all the new “healthy” other baked fruits and vegetables people are making these days in the form of fries or chips.  Things like sweet potato and carrot fries, and beet and apple chips.

Roasted Carrot Fries – Slice up some carrots French fry style, toss with some olive oil, salt and your choice of herbs, bake in a 350-degree oven until you obtain your desired crispness and serve with Ranch, French or any other dipping sauce you like.

O.K. this is not rocket science, this same recipe works for any and all vegetables your little heart desires, parsnips, beets, turnips, sweet potato, pretty much all the root vegetables not forgetting the lowly potato. What an easy snack for after school.

When it comes to baked fruit chips, the same method applies. Mix sugar and cinnamon or any other spice you desire, slice your desired fruit (apples work the best), bake on baking sheet at 225 degrees long and low until you have your desired crispness, and your home is going to smell amazing. Delicious for an after school snack or perfect for lunches.


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