If you’re on a low carb diet, one of the foods that you need to give up is the French fries. Unfortunately, they’re among those foods that are the hardest to give up. Their crunchy and salty taste is, for most people, just so hard to resist.
The good news is that there are healthy low carb alternatives that you can enjoy in favor of your favorite fries and below are three of them. These alternatives are just as tasty and comforting and can make a great snack or meal replacement.
Low Carb Turnip Fries
Turnips are a perfect low carb substitute for potatoes. To compare, 100 grams of potato has 9.44 grams of carbohydrates while turnip only has 4.63 grams. These turnip fries are extremely easy to prepare and should take less than 30 minutes for your time!
To begin with, wash and peel the turnip and cut them into strips, similar to French fries. Cut the sticks equally thick to ensure even cooking. Place the sticks in a bowl and season with a little Himalayan salt (most regular sea salt contains plastic fiber these days so best to avoid that) and some avocado oil (experts are now saying we should not heat olive oil if we want to retain the health benefits). Toss everything well and place them on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper. Bake the fries at 425F/220C for about 20 minutes until golden brown, but not too mushy or over baked.
Here’s Dr Axe demonstrating how he makes turnip fries.
Low Carb Zucchini Fries
Another vegetable that’s known for being very low in carbs is zucchini (courgettes). Having only 2 grams of carbs per 100 grams it can also make a perfect substitute for potatoes. To make the fries even crispier and crunchier, cook them with crushed almonds or other nuts that are low in carb. Just avoid using breadcrumbs.
Related reading: Best Nuts to Eat On A Keto Diet
Cut the zucchini into strips about 3-inch long. Place them in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Allow them to drain for at least an hour. In a separate bowl, beat two eggs. Mix with crushed almonds or any nuts, add 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan and a teaspoon of Italian herb seasoning.
Dip the zucchini into the beaten eggs and roll in the crushed nuts. Arrange them on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at about 425F/220C for about 20 -25 minutes until they are crisp and tender.
This eggplant (aubergine) fries recipe is not only low carb but gluten-free as well. Eggplant, having only 6 grams of carbs per 100 grams, is an ideal alternative to potatoes. Like the other two recipes, this eggplant fries recipe is relatively easy to make. It only requires cutting, coating and baking. There’s hardly any cooking involved.
Start by laying the eggplant strips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with some salt and leave for 25 min to draw out any bitterness then pat dry using some paper towel.
In a small bowl, combine Himalayan salt, almond flour, arrowroot powder, garlic powder, oregano, and paprika. Crack two free range eggs and beat in a separate bowl. Dip the eggplant sticks into the beaten eggs and then dip them into the almond flour mixture. Place the sticks on the baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 425F/220C until golden brown, for about 7-10 minutes.
Want another tasty recipe? Try these low carb brownies: Brownies On A Low Carb Diet .
Or this delicious Vegan Keto Recipe: Vegan Pesto Spaghetti with Mushrooms & Olives
Or perhaps you’d like these Keto Fat bombs.
Want even more recipes? Download this Dinner in Five eCookbook, 30 low carb dinner recipes all using just 5 ingredients and 5 net carbs or fewer!
Image by Gary Stevens