When I was a kid, I had a friend whose parents would drive to Burger King to get hamburgers and then to McDonald’s to get their french fries. Ah, the french fry, little strips from heaven. Steak fries, shoestring fries, curly fries, crinkle fries, they can be smothered in garlic or buried like treasure under a mound of chili and cheese. The one thing they have in common is that they are almost always deep-fried. And “deep fried” are two words we like to keep our distance from here at Fantasy Healthball! Deep fried can mean saturated and/or trans fat which can mean high cholesterol or even heart disease. According to Nutrition Data, a supersize fries at McDonald’s has 610 calories and 29 grams of fat. A “king” order of fries at Burger King has 600 calories, 30 grams of fat, and over 1,000 mg of sodium (learn more here about sodium) - talk about a royal pain!
So how can you Fantasy Healthball-ize those fries, guys? Try our wise fries which won’t attack your thighs, no lies!
Best for: Fans who love fries without the “guilt” of frying. If you tried our veggie bake or red victory soup, try this one!
Where to eat it: Right out of the oven if watching the game at home, or bake at home and warm up on the grill if tailgating.
Servings: 4-5 fans who want to enjoy a tasty “not” fried, fry.
What’s in it: Your favorite type of potato, a little protein for “glue” and some spice to warm up your taste buds.
6 Medium potatoes (try white potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, or mix all three!)
2 Egg whites
1 tbsp. Cajun spice
How to do it: Peel, cut, coat and bake for yummy results. Just pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Slice potatoes into smaller size wedges or long strips. Spray baking sheet with a small amount of vegetable oil. Mix egg whites and seasoning. Coat the potato mixture and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake approx. 45 min. until fries are crisp, turning every 10 min. for even browning.
Serve it: Hot, fresh from the oven. Almost too easy to believe!
Health Thoughts: Potatoes have great flavor on their own and mixing in the sweet potatoes and yams will make the taste even more interesting and eliminate the need to over salt or fry. Potatoes are high in Vitamin C, B6, dietary fiber, potassium, and many minerals. You can eat them as they are, add a little hot sauce, a hint of sea salt, and/or a little garlic. You will be surprised at how good these taste! — Jim Ballard