There's a certain je ne sais quoi about McDonald's fries that pulls at our heart strings. But with all the salt and hydrogenated oils that go into producing them, the popular side dish can very well send our hearts into a frenzied panic. McDonald's fries aren't only made with white potatoes, but with 18 other extra ingredients.
Minimize the 'extra' by eating simply and well. You don't really need additives like dimethylpolysiloxane in your diet anyway. You won't need any hydrogenated oil for these easy baked carrot fries. Just 4-5 carrots, olive oil, and the seasoning of your choice. Go easy on the salt to make sure that your blood pressure doesn't spike.
Easy baked carrot fries
- 2 lbs carrots
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp - 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 400F. Peel carrots, halve them, and slice them into rectangular wedges. Toss them in a large bowl with olive oil and seasonings. Bake in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 10 minutes. Flip or toss fries around and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden brown. They should be crunchy, fully cooked, and not too soft.
No-bake raspberry mug cake
Not really into baking? Maybe you have a sweet tooth, but you don't have an oven. This mug cake can be put together in no time at all. It's one of the easiest breakfasts you'll ever make when you're rushing out the door.
- 1 Banana
- 80 g instant or quick-cooking oats
- 30 g of raspberry or figs
- 30 g of protein powder (we used chocolate protein powder)
Mix all the ingredients together in a mug and you're done! Let it sit in the fridge for for 5-15 minutes if you want it to solidify. Eat this no-bake raspberry mug cake as is, or with a bit of almond milk.
Loved learning about these recipes? This post was created by PumpUp members @tyler_bacc and @tysa. Let them know if you tried the mug cake or the carrot fries in the comments below!