Health-conscious eaters usually relegate French fries to the occasional-indulgence category, and that’s as it should be.
But if you’re feeling fries-deprived and looking for a healthy, delectable option, you’re in luck. These julienne sweet-potato fries from Alexia Foods bake up crispy and tender in your oven, and they taste terrific. Sweet potatoes, a nutrient-packed staple in many West African countries, are loaded with vitamins A and C, along with a healthy amount of fiber. More to like: They release energy more gradually than regular potatoes and have a better phytonutrient profile, too. The only ingredients added to these fries are canola oil and a little salt, so you can eat ’em plain or doctor them up however you wish. We like them with a sprinkling of cinnamon, a dusting of cayenne pepper or a squeeze of lime. About $3 for a 15-ounce bag; available in most better groceries. See www.alexiafoods.com to find your nearest source.