When it comes to waistline-friendly cooking methods, deep-frying doesn’t make the cut. Frying might give your meat and veggies that heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth-good quality, but it’s notorious for its crispy, greasy, calorific effect on food. Fried food not only compromises your healthy eating goals, packing on the pounds with unhealthy fats, but it can also contribute to serious issues down the road (like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease). Unfortunately, despite all that, fried food is popular because it tastes so good. I mean, let’s face it: who doesn’t enjoy sinking their teeth into crispy, crunchy French fries? Luckily, we compiled these top 10 fried food substitutes to let you eat great-tasting food without all the excess grease.
Here at SkinnyMs., we’re all about using fantastic alternatives to help you get your fried food fix. We use healthier cooking methods – like baking and roasting – to create guilt-free recipes that are brimming with clean ingredients. The best part is these recipes don’t skimp on the flavor, so your tastebuds and your body will thank you! These top 10 fried food substitutes are mouthwateringly delicious and prove you don’t have to swear off your favorite comfort foods when following a healthy diet. Let’s get started!
1. Oven-Baked Zucchini Chips
Instead of potato chips, swap in zucchini, and you’ll never know the difference! Trust us, you may never hit the vending machine again after munching on this superfood snack. Zucchini stars in this crunchy treat, teaming up with whole-grain bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and savory spices to form the ultimate veggie-based chip you can enjoy guilt-free!
2. Sweet Potato Chips
Who needs tortilla chips when you can make a crunchy version of superfood sweet potatoes? This crispy, low-cal snack boasts healthy doses of Folate, along with vitamins B, C, and E, for an impressive and tasty alternative to conventional chips. Sweet potatoes also lend subtle, candy-sweet flavor to this brilliant recipe. These chips are perfect for cookouts and potlucks!
3. Baked Asparagus Fries with Creamy Chipotle Dip
You don’t have to give up French fries just because you’re following a healthy diet! Satisfy your fry cravings with these melt-in-your-mouth asparagus fries, baked to hot and crunchy perfection. Each bite delivers that crisp deliciousness you love about conventional fries, without the excess of fat and calories. This recipe also includes instructions for our guilt-free Creamy Chipotle Dip (which is addictively good).