Every year, the first week of August, we travel down to Avalon for a good old Jersey Shore beach vacation. Technically I’ve only gone for three years… but my husband Lou, his family and their neighborhood friends have been going every summer since he was five.
There’s something about being on vacation that makes you think that calories don’t count. Want pizza and fries and then a massive ice cream cone? Why the hell not, I’m on vacation! And since this blog is all about a realistic balance, I say live a little bit 🙂
The problem arises when we put on our bathing suit on day three and are like “Huh. That definitely wasn’t there before…” So if you are going to indulge on vacation, make sure you balance it with some exercise and really healthy foods!
This year my Avalon vice (besides Springers ice cream) was “Old Bay” Beach Fries. I don’t know where Old Bay seasoning has been all my life, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to start putting it on everything.
So here I have for you my way healthier Old Bay Beach Fries recipe! I decided to use a variety of root vegetables instead of white potatoes. For those who don’t know, root vegetables are those funky looking ones you see in the grocery store. They include parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, and yams. Although potatoes are also technically a root vegetable, they are very rich in starches and have a high glycemic index. So try some of the other options that are rich in nutrients and high in fiber. Then turn them into french fries 🙂
- Sweet potato (in moderation)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Old Bay seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Wash and peel your chosen root vegetables.
- Cut root vegetables into "fries," trying to make them relatively the same size.
- Lightly coat with olive oil and toss.
- Generously season with "Old Bay" seasoning.
- Lay on a baking sheet/s in a single layer.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of your fries), tossing every 10 minutes.
- Serving size is up to you! Choose as many or few of each root vegetable listed above.