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Make Healthier Fries With These 6 Recipes

Everyone loves a good French fry, but we don’t always love how they make us feel. All the grease, salt and calories in a plate of fries can quickly undo all the good you just did on your run. Luckily, anything can be a French fry if you just believe it is. Below are some healthier fry options that will fulfill your cravings without giving you a stomachache.

Truffle Parmesan Parsnip Fries

Photo and recipe by The Foodie Dietitian.

While this recipe is a simple twist on a game-day classic, we’ll take these fries any day of the week! Substituting parsnips for potatoes gives the fries a little extra sweetness, as well as fiber, vitamin C, folate and manganese. Topping this root veggie fry with truffle and parmesan cheese is just an added bonus.

Carrot Fries

Photo and recipe by Living Well Kitchen.

If you’re feeling a little dubious about using carrots for fries, this recipe will change your mind. The mixture of paprika and cayenne really kicks the flavor of this tasty fry up a notch. Plus, carrots are packed with vitamin A, which will protect your eyesight during those nighttime runs.

Baked Tofu Fries

Photo and recipe by Food Pleasure and Health.

Unlike traditional fries, these crispy finger foods are packed with protein for your post-workout recovery! Tofu is also often fortified with vitamins and minerals, like B6, B12, vitamin D and calcium. These fries don’t have the traditional crunch of a crispy fried potato, but they are tasty when paired with your favorite dipping sauce.

Baked Avocado Fries

Photo and recipe by Abbey’s Kitchen.

Who doesn’t want another way to eat more avocado?! These vegan, gluten-free fries are smooth and creamy on the inside, yet deliciously crunchy on the outside. Combined with a flavorful high-protein dip made from silken tofu, they make the perfect post-run treat.

Rosemary Parmesan Quinoa Polenta Fries

Photo and recipe by E.A. Stewart.

This fry may sound fancy, but it’s super easy to make. Not only does the fresh rosemary deliver a heavenly taste, but it contains the antioxidant carnosol, which can act as an anti-inflammatory in the body. Plus, the polenta is the perfect carb to mimic a soft and starchy potato.

Crinkle Cut Jicama Fries

Photo and recipe by Nutrition à la Natalie.

Crinkle cut fries somehow magically taste better than regular fries. These are made with jicama, which happens to contain a prebiotic fiber that’s great for gut bacteria as well as improving calcium absorption. If you’ve never tried this starchy veggie, these fries will make you want to run out and buy it.

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Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian and nutrition communications expert, specializing in sports nutrition. Natalie has written for many food and nutrition publications, such as Eating Well, Spright and Food & Nutrition Magazine, and she has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. Natalie received her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. When she’s not writing, she’s creating delicious recipes, running and helping other runners reach their peak potential through food. To learn more about Natalie and read about sports nutrition topics, visit her blog, Nutrition à la Natalie or follow her on Twitter.