Name me someone who doesn’t love fries. Now find someone who won’t love my recipe for home-made, super healthy herbed oven fries! They have all the flavour without the fat found in deep fried and processed supermarket potato fries.
These oven fries are the perfect Quick Fresh Delicious accompaniment to a good meal, a burger or whatever you like.
Before starting out, source an all-rounder potato and make sure they’re really fresh. Why? Because you’ll need to cut these nice and fine (or whatever size you like) before cooking, so you need them to stay firm, but bake nice and crisp in the oven
Potatoes come with surprising health benefits that you may not be aware of. This makes these fries even better!
You can read more about the benefits of potatoes below the recipe, but for now, let’s get cooking.
Potato is healthy food too
There’s so much hype these days around how unhealthy carbs are. This includes carb-rich foods like potatoes. And let’s face it, potatoes are a great source of energy when cooked and served without all the fat. Like these herbed fries, or even my friend Sia’s gorgeous Greek lemony roast potatoes!
Carbohydrates are important to us, because they give us energy. The problem is when we eat too many and don’t burn that energy off.
Now, I’m not a nutritionist and the following information is not health advice, but what I’ve read and researched about how carbohydrates fuel our bodies and what happens if we don’t use the carbs.
NOTE: The following information is directly sourced from and credited to Livestrong, with some of my own edits.
When you eat carbohydrates, your digestive system breaks down sugars and starches into glucose, which is used for energy. The energy is what we need to be physically active and helps some basic functions that we need to live, including breathing and maintaining body temperature, says Oklahoma State University. In addition, glucose is the sole source of energy for the brain, nervous system and developing red blood cells.
Interestingly, if we don’t have enough carbohydrate in our diets, protein in muscles is broken down to produce glucose to fuel these body parts. When this happens, the depletion of protein in muscles can result in muscle loss.
How Sugar Turns Into Fat
When high amounts of unhealthy carbohydrates are consumed, they’re converted to triglycerides, a form of fat, and are stored in fat tissue, states the National Council on Strength & Fitness.
So if we become less active, the carbohydrates we eat will eventually convert to sugars, then convert to fat on our bodies.
The lesson? Eat carbohydrates in moderation and do some exercise – even if it’s just going for a walk.
That works for me.