Check Out These 14 Tricks For Healthy But Tasty Fried Food!
Fried food isn’t thought of as healthy, but believe us when we say that fat is good for you. Deep frying your food in specific oils will benefit your healthy eating habits while still ticking off delicious food. If you’re a lover of fried chicken or French Fries, then you really have got to keep reading and learn about these 14 tricks for your lunch or dinner, and every awesome party ever!
#1 Avocados For The Win
One great way to switch up your fried food regime to a healthier choice is by using avocado oil. It’s nifty for searing meats and using in stir fries, and also ups your Vitamin E intake as well as phytosterols, which are good for the heart.
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#2 Crispy Canola Oils
Create lunches, dinners and party food like fried chicken or chips of all sorts by using canola oil instead. It’s a healthier alternative to standard oils and also assists in giving you omega-3s.
#3 Go Peanuts!
The nut that divides many, peanut oil is actually brilliant for frying when using batters, especially tempura. Asian dishes are best for this, and like avocado oil it contains Vitamin E and phytosterols.
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#4 Do It Like the Greeks
In Greece, olive oil is consumed at least three times as much as the rest of us. They love their olive oil and for good reason – it is healthy for us. It also contains Vitamins E & K, and has antioxidant properties. Using it for deep frying is also okay, despite what you may have read. From frying vegetables to meat, take a leaf from the Greeks and embrace olive oil.
#5 Batters and Breadcrumbs
Just like knowing which oil is best for your food, knowing the right coating is as important. Nowadays there are concerns about using flour and heavy batters, but thankfully there are so many alternatives. The healthy alternatives include white rice flour, millet flour, peanut flour. Similarly, there’s a variety of breadcrumbs to choose from including corn flakes, Panko crumbs, polenta, coconut flakes, crushed tortillas and oats.
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#6 Classic Schnitzel
In Austria & Germany, the schnitzel dish is as classic as their beer. When making your own at home, choose good quality fine breadcrumbs and use a shallow pan with a combination of butter and either peanut or vegetable oil. The butter helps give its golden colour.
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#7 Eat Your Vegetables!
This is a great trick for getting the kids to eat up their greens. Plenty of vegetables are perfect for deep frying, including asparagus, courgette/zucchini, onions, aubergine, peppers, cauliflower… the list goes on! Choosing the right batter and oil is key, peanut or vegetable oil are the best.
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#8 Clean Your Oil Frequently
A healthy tip to remember for frying food is to change the oil regularly, if you’re using a deep frying machine. Especially if you’re old school and have a fryer that contains a vat of oil at all times, change this out at least once a month. Just don’t pour it down the drain!
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#9 Invest, Invest, Invest!
Deep frying food is actually a great way to a quick dinner! It’s rather satisfying for the whole family or for a party with friends, so take the plunge and invest in a good, high quality fryer. Just remember the above tip!
#10 Popcorn Dinner!
As mentioned, frying food is quick and rather easy. When we say popcorn, we don’t mean the popped kernels you’d eat watching a movie, but popcorn chicken, shrimp/scampi and even tofu! If you’re cutting up the chicken yourself, just cut into large dice sizes as they’ll shrink when fried.
#11 Fritters Galore
Frying food doesn’t have to mean it’s completely coated in a batter, but can be a patty combination that’s then fried into a delicious fritter! From fish cakes to corn or broccoli fritters, these are great alternatives to breadcrumbs and batters. But if you want to go all out at dessert, opt for battered apple or banana fritters.
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#12 Finger Lickin’ Fried Chicken
Chicken is the best meat for frying, and especially deep frying. You’ve got a great range of cuts to choose from, including drumsticks and wings, cutting up into the aforementioned popcorn bite sizes, chicken skewers or nuggets, and of course battering with cheese in the middle for a delightful surprise!
#13 Classic Fish & Chips
If we’ve learned anything from Ireland and England, it’s that fish & chips is a delicious evening meal. Go mad and use beer, cider or even Guinness in the batter for an extra tasty finish. Using olive, peanut or canola oil will give the best results.
#14 Homemade Crisps
This may be a forgotten food when it comes to being homemade, but vegetable crisps are a great healthy alternative to anything shop bought. It is key to slice your chosen veg thinly, spice them when they’re still fresh and let them dry naturally for at least an hour before frying.