A Healthier Approach to National French Fry Day
National French Fry Day, celebrated annually on July 13, can be a struggle for spud-loving individuals who are trying to eat healthy, as the temptation is amplified.
These national food days inspire an increase of posts on social media about the given foods and deals offered by restaurants, which then increase the sales of these foods. While it could be easy to give in and eat French fries, it’s in your best interest to try out a different way of eating those potatoes you love so much.
French fries may seem like an innocent snack or addition to one of your favorite meals, but they are proving to be damaging to your body. For example, on average, a medium order of fries has around 365 calories along with 17 grams of fat. Fries are also high in sodium and can even contain sugar and trans fat.
Experts say fries are pretty much unrecognizable from their original potato form. This is because we first start by removing the skin, which is one of the healthiest parts of the potato. From there the cut-up slices are dipped in oil, fried and covered in salt – making for a very unhealthy food for our bodies. This salty snack has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more.
Try one of these healthier alternatives to celebrate National French Fry Day today and every day:
- Dirty Potatoes with Garlic and Fresh Olive Tapanade
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- White Bean and Cauliflower Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Pizza Filled Sweet Potato
- Sweet Potato Toast
- Sweet Potato Protein Cookie
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