Any Child Would Love This Delicious Homemade Crispy Avocado Fries
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My son has been going through a phase recently where all he wants to eat is “crunchy” food. No, not the good kind of crunchy, but the fried kind. He won’t tell me exactly where or how he’s been eating French fries, but I can tell he has.
Enter Into Healthy-Food-Mom Mode.
I try not to control everything he eats, but I do like to have a hand in something good, so I’ve been responding by plating up different versions of healthy fries. He’ll buy into sweet potato fries once in a while, but I don’t think he’s convinced that it’s the same thing.
The reason I’m not interested in him eating fries from whatever fast food joint he managed to get them from is partly because I can’t see with my own eyes what goes in them, and that the deep frying really isn’t good. And also what fries do to your body.
Fries are just thinly sliced potatoes covered in salt and fried in some unhealthy fat. Potatoes are just starch, which increases cravings by being quickly processed into sugar, sending your blood sugar way up and then crashing down just as quickly. That means you’re craving more food minutes later.
Fries are also (obviously!) coated in table salt. Sodium is a craving your body needs to have, but most Americans sodium intake is way too high. Part of the reason for this is because sodium is linked to the release of serotonin. So when you’re sad you tend to want more salt, but even if you’re happy, eating more salt is an easy way to get that release.
Serotonin is your body’s own addictive chemical (why do you think the “pursuit of happiness” is in our Declaration of Independence? We’re programmed to chase after it.)
I’m not talking about sweet potatoes in this article. My son only eats them sometimes. But I can always get him to eat avocado fries. What are avocado fries?
Avocados themselves are an all-round superfood that help you with everything from your cardiovascular health to blood sugar control. It’s packed with nutrients but most importantly, they have the right fats that are also anti-inflammatory.
- ½ cup coconut oil for frying
- 1 cup of (gluten-free) flour of choice (I use almond or chickpea flour)
- ¼ teaspoon of finely-ground pink Himalayan salt
- 2 eggs thoroughly beaten
- 1½ cup of bread crumbs
- 2 firm-ripe avocados
- Put the breadcrumbs in a bowl.
- Combine the flour and salt in another.
- Whisk two eggs in a third.
- Pit and cut your avocado into slices—I like to use 5-6 wedges per avocado.
- Put the coconut oil into a pan and melt it on medium high heat.
- Roll the avocado slices into the flour, then dip them in the egg wash. Roll in bread crumbs.
- Fry them on low fire until brown on all sides.
- Set off to one side to drain and fry your next batch.
- Eat to your tummy’s content. 🙂
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