10 Yummy and Healthy Alternatives to French FriesMolly Thornberg
It’s totally my fault. We’ve had our house on the market for the last 2 months and anytime we have a showing and the kids need a snack, I run thru McDonalds and get french fries. Yeah, I should have gotten apples, but I didn’t. So yes, bad mommy and so bad that I can’t even think about the smell of french fries without wanting to gag.
Unfortunately, mommy’s bad decision has now introduced our toddler Izaiah to his favorite food. Anytime we ask him what he wants to eat, he screams “FWENCH FWY”.
EEK! While I know that he isn’t envisioning himself eating these oil fried potatoes every time his tummy growls – I’d like to think that maybe he just doesn’t have the words to express, “salad” — the fact of the matter is, we need to find an alternative. Something healthier and something that the toddler and the family can enjoy. Here is what I found.
10 Alternative to French Fries
Baked Avocado Fries 1 of 12Is your family avocado crazed? Our's is! We'll take these oily fried potatoes any day!
Learn How to Make Avocado Fries
Crunchy Green Beans with Curry and Toasted Coconut 2 of 12Add 6 ingredients to trimmed green beans to create a healthy alternative to french fries!
Learn How to Make Crunchy Green Beans
Crispy Baked Cheesy Zucchini Fries 3 of 12These crispy baked cheesy zucchini fries look amazing and aren't fried! The only adaptation I would make, is to cut these thinner for little hands.
Learn How to Make Crispy Baked Cheesy Zucchini Fries
Roasted Spiced Chickpeas 4 of 12Crunchy and easy to pop in your toddler's mouth! I would think these would be easy to bag for an on-the-go snack.
Learn How to Make Roasted Spiced Chickpeas
Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries 5 of 12Is it me or has the USA gone sweet potato crazy the last few years? I'm not complaining, we make oven baked sweet potatoes often and they are amazing!
Learn How to Make Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Apples Cut Like French Fries 6 of 12Burger King use to sell Apple Fries (I didn't see this on their menu), the idea is actually brilliant. Cut apples to look like french fries. You can achieve this by julienning an apple.
Learn How to Make Apples Cut Like French Fries
Baked Butternut Squash Fries 7 of 12How about them fries? Butternut squash cuts into the perfect fry! The consistency when baked is delish.
Learn How to Make Baked Butternut Squash Fries
Yummy Yuca Fries 8 of 12We ate yuca fries at our favorite hole in the wall that shut down. While I'm sure those were fried, this baked version looks scrumptious
. Learn How to Make Yummy Yuca Fries
Baked Parsnip Fries with Rosemary 9 of 12Hello Rosemary! If your family isn't a fan of parsnips, carrots can be used as an alternative.
Learn How to Make Baked Parsnip Fries with Rosemary
Green Banana Fries 10 of 12If your bananas are green, no worry! These green banana fries are super easy to make!
Learn How to Make Green Banana Fries
Apple Crisps 11 of 12Here is a fruity alternative to the potato, apple crisps! Rather than buying them, make them homemade!
How to Make Homemade Apple Crisps
And If They MUST Have Potatoes 12 of 12If potatoes are still a must, at least make them healthy.
Check out this recipe from the Family Kitchen
Most of these, I would think you could freeze and heat up again later (and shove into a Ziplock bag and take to go!).
While I am creating this blog post – going through photos, my toddler is over my shoulder. Guess what he is screaming? FWENCY FWY! Maybe these will do the job!
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