Heavenly crispy, salty....healthy FRIES?

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The frie. Famously known for its delicious demeanor of golden crispiness and addicting zest , it truly is a guilty pleasure. 

But this harmless looking potato offspring is anything but an anti-nutrient. Deadly to your health, and your heart. 

Ayyy, mi corazon partido. 


Your typical restaurant or fast food french fry more grease then anything else. Restaurants take natures lovely, nutritious potato and fry it in OIL. Probably, that oil is some type of cancerous vegetable oil (if you are going to cook a food in high heat use olive oil or coconut oil instead), and if you go to a fast food joint the oil is cheap like their potatoes.


Furthermore, as the potato is being fried, it begins to absorb all the oil, becoming more like grease than anything else. The product? A high calorie, high fat and high cholesterol potato. 


Oh, and don't forget the salt. Its not just a pinch of salt, its a whole lot of salt to trick your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. And its not high quality fancy sea salt or himalayan pink sea salt, its table salt. And table salt is dangerous because raises your insulin, and kills good bacteria in your body (The Harmful Effects of Salt). 


[[[Most importantly though, you didn't fry them or make them yourself so who knows what other funky ingredients these sneaky eating out places are adding to them nasty fries. The first that comes to mind is the worst ingredient that is usually added for added "texture" "crunchiness" and "addiction"...wheat! :O *faint*]]]

Meanwhile, your body is suffering. As your body tries to digest this...cheap POISEN, you risk heart problems, inflammation and weight gain. 


I am sorry to say this, but with a french frie, there is clearly more than meets the eye. 


So today, as I was craving this dirty food, I decided to make a healthier version. Just because a french frie is infamously known for being unhealthy, does not mean it cannot be healthified. And today, I am sharing my version of a french frie that calmed my craving and left me even more satisfied than those yucky french fries.


Say hello to the parsnip. I found out about this vegetable a little too late. A parsnip is pretty much a carrot, but white. It is low calorie, high fiber, and full of folic acid (say what? I do not know what it is either but it sounds healthy, so I'm just going with it!), potassium and calcium (Parsnip An Undiscovered Star). The taste is so fragrant. I know that is a weird way to describe taste, but it really is delicious....in the most fragrant way. (:



The Parsnip Frie 
What you will need:
-2-3 parsnips
-3tbsp olive oil (not extra virgin, just olive oil)
-sea salt
-pepper
-optional spices: garlic, cayenne, paprika, onion, coconut...get creative my beautiful friends, let those imaginations run wild! 


Now lets cook:

1. Preheat your oven to 350° and set to broil
2. Wash and peel your lovely parsnips
3. After peeling, cut your parsnips into little frie strands 
3. Place in a bowl, add you olive oil, a pinch of sea salt, pepper and desired spices. 
4. With your hands, mix the parsnips well so they are evenly coated.
5. Spread onto a cooking sheet and place in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until nice and golden. 


You can also make this same recipe with sweet potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, and any other vegetable you want to try!



Sources:

-" The Harmful Effects of Table Salt."Global Healing Center Health Products & Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 July 2013. <http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/nutrition/table-salt>.

-"Vegetarians in Paradise/Parsnip History, Parsnip Nutrition, Parsnip Recipe ."Vegetarians in Paradise/Vegan/Vegetarian Los Angeles Internet Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 July 2013. <http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch21.html>.

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