Lots of restaurants have begun to offer a choice when menu items are served with french fries. Typically choices range from fruit or vegetable to rice or chips. However, many places are offering sweet potato fries as a swap. Sounds healthy, right? But are they?
In the raw form, a sweet potato has 110 calories and 4 g of fiber. A regular potato has around 130 calories and 2 g of fiber. Score one for the sweet potato.
Restaurants typically fry their potatoes--hence the name. So you can wager to bet a 4 oz serving of sweet potato fries or regular fries has around 240 calories and 11 g of fat. It's a tie. Some restaurants are required by law to use oils without trans fat, but either way, oil is high in fat and potatoes act as a sponge. It may be worth asking how the fries are prepared...but more often than not, the fryer is working overtime.
If you are a lover of sweet potato fries. I have two ideas for you. First--buy some sweet potatoes and cut into the shape of fries (of course Trader Joe's sells them precut). Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake on a cooking sheet at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Flip half way and be sure to use cooking spray. They are delicious and completely healthy.
My second idea--buy frozen sweet potato fries. My absolute favorite brand is by Alexia. Their spicy sweet potato fries are amazing and just 130 calories and 4 g of fat per serving. YUM. They are sold at grocery stores nationwide.
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