Fresh "Fries": 6 Fun Ideas for Fruits & Veggies

Now let’s be clear: French fries are pretty glorious. I’ve always believed that everything is fine in moderation, and there’s nothing wrong with savoring a side of salty, crispy, carb-loaded goodness once in a while. (No shame, people.)

But if you’re following a clean-eating lifestyle or if you just want your kids to eat more fruits and veggies, good news: there are lots of fun and healthy alternatives! In fact, you can cut up your own fresh “fries” anytime for the perfect snack.

6 Fun Tips for Fresh-Cut Fries
  1. Grab a Crinkle Cutter. Did you know that you can find crinkle cutters for just a few dollars at your local kitchen store? You can even order them online via Amazon. It’s a really fun and simple way to put a new twist on fruits and veggies, especially for kids. Some mandolin slicers have crinkle blades, too. (Just use them very carefully!)

  2. Pineapple Fries with Caramel Cinnamon Dip. Fresh. Tropical. Juicy. There are a lot of reasons to love pineapple, and cutting one into crinkle slices or chunks can help satisfy your sweet cravings all week long.

    Pineapple Fries Recipe | Tastefully Simple

    If you’re looking for a little indulgence, you can add a drizzle of Creamy Caramel Sauce, too.

  3. Apple Fries with Peanut Butter Caramel Dip. How ‘bout them apples? Yes, autumn is officially here, and that means you can find an amazing variety of apples right now at your farmers’ market or neighborhood grocery store. My personal favorites: Honeycrisp, Sweet Tango and Gala.

    Apple Fries Recipe | Tastefully Simple

    Just slice ‘em into matchsticks for dipping! Pair them with a dollop of natural peanut butter for a protein-packed snack, or for a dreamy dessert, try them with Peanut Butter Caramel Dip

  4. Mama’s Baked Zucchini Fries. Prefer something more savory? Swap out traditional potato wedges for these zesty zucchini fries, dusted with buttery breadcrumbs. Serve warm with a little Mama Mia™ Marinara Sauce on the side.

  5. Simple Garlic Hummus with Dippers. Homemade hummus is easier than you think! Mix up this easy recipe with only 5 ingredients, and serve with celery sticks and thin strips of red bell pepper.

  6. Veggies with Spinach & Herb Dip. And last but not least, mix 2 tablespoons Spinach & Herb Seasoning with ½ cup plain Greek yogurt and ½ cup light mayo.

    Zucchini Fries Recipe | Tastefully Simple

    Using a crinkle cutter or knife, cut up mini cucumbers and carrots for dippers.

I mean, come on … who says you can’t play with your food, right? And remember, the sky is the limit. Avocado slices. Green beans. Jicama. There are all kind of ways to lighten up on this classic side dish – no matter how you slice it.

- Jen

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