Anyone craving fries, but trying to eat healthy!?! Read on for the solution!
Simple, fresh, healthy new spin on French fries, is a kid friendly, healthy way to get in Veggies.... What's the secret Jicama (which can be found in most grocery stores near the yams, turnips, and vegetables of that nature)! Making vegetables kid-friendly can sometimes be a chore, so incorporate them into common favorites is key: sauces, soups, smoothies, cakes, brownies, and in this case French Fries. (If you need some other healthy kid-friendly ideas, check our our parenting tips or this tot recipe, veggie mac-n-cheese recipe, healthy pizza recipe, protein brownie recipe, sugar free gummy recipe, protein doughnuts recipe, etc.
Jicama fries are our favorite healthy french fry substitute, as they look, taste and have the same texture as potatoes, but they're baked (or air fried), lower in carbs, and EASY! The health benefits are a super plus: it improves digestive health, brain function, immune system, bone health, heart health, reduces blood pressure and helps prevent anemia! Thus my kids call them SUPER fries!
Jicama Fries: Serves 4
1 medium sized jicama (~9oz)
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin (optional)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt (optional) I used Mrs Dash garlic & herb seasoning
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp parsley (optional)
1 tbsp grated parmesan (optional) - omit to make dairy free
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Remove the skin from the jicama by cutting the top off the jicama and then peeling it with a knife. It is very similar to how you would peel an apple.
Then cut the jicama into thin sections, like fries (1/4" matchsticks).
Toss the fries in a bowl and add olive oil, paprika, cumin, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Coat the fries evenly with the spices.
Pour the jicama out onto a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper or tin foil)
Bake for at least 45 minutes, up to an hour depending on how brown you like your fries. (Adjust the time and temperature to your desired doneness)
Immediately out of the oven, sprinkle the parsley and Parmesan over the fries (if desired).
Pro-Tip: flip and mix up fries half way through baking
To make the process quicker and a softer interior to the fries boil the pealed and chopped jicama for 10-15 minute, strain, rinse, and dry with a paper towel before seasoning and baking. Then you can cut down cook time to 20-35 minutes (depending on desired doneness)
Also try these in the air fryer
If you choose to enjoy with Catsup, we suggest 1 Tbsp of the reduced sugar catsup as a condiment.
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Did you know studies show: Obesity among children and adolescents has tripled over the past three decades? With childhood obesity is on the rise, it's mind-blowing to think under-nutrition in children is still unresolved! Children are exposed to high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt, energy-dense, and micronutrient-poor foods, which tend to be lower in cost but also lower in nutrient quality. These dietary patterns, in conjunction with lower levels of physical activity, result in sharp increases in childhood obesity while under-nutrition issues remain unsolved. So getting healthy foods into children is now more important then ever. Jicama improves digestive health, brain function, immune system, bone health, heart health, reduces blood pressure and helps prevent anemia
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