Instead of French fries, try a baked potato. They have very few calories or fat, and they're full of vitamin B6, vitamin C, niacin (B3) and pantothenic acid (B5) plus minerals such as copper, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Potatoes have a lot of vegetable fiber that may help protect you from cardiovascular or digestive diseases and cancer. They also contain a range of phytonutrients that have antioxidant qualities –which may work against free radicals in the body.
Many folks consider potatoes to be a comfort food. The scientific name, Solanum tuberosum, supports this notion! The Latin "Solanum" comes from a word that means "soothing." Potatoes are from the solanaceae family, the deadly nightshade group, which also include tomatoes, eggplants, and tomatillos.
Go ahead and slice your baked potato into strips, and put a little bit of ketchup on it instead of butter or sour cream. (or try a goofy alternative my dear friend, Elizabeth suggests – tomato PASTE!! Less sugar, more concentrated flavor, and super-healthy lycophene). It's delicious! You won't miss the grease, and you'll save yourself hundreds of calories.