5 Vegetables That Make Amazing Fries

1French fries are one of the ultimate comfort foods, and while there’s no denying how satisfying a salty serving of fried potatoes can be, enjoying a serving of fries doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. It’s easy to make healthier fries at home, and branching out from your usual spuds is a great way to up the nutritional value and slash calories while still enjoying the comfort food favorite. Steer clear of your local drive-through window and bake a big batch of one of these nutritious veggie French fries that everyone will flip for.

Daikon Fries

Daikon is a versatile, white radish from Asia that is naturally low in calories and a good source of vitamin C. When roasted, you’ll get a light golden fry that pairs well with strong, robust sauces like herbed mayo or mustard. Try Christopher James Clark’s take with his Daikon Fries with Thyme Mustard Dipping Sauce.

Carrot Fries

Bored with steamed carrots? Get creative with the colorful veggie by slicing it into wedges, tossing with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and baking them like in this Healthy Baked Carrot Fries recipe from 2 Teaspoons. You’ll get a low-sodium, vitamin A-rich snack that’s perfect with spicy ketchup or ranch dressing.

Jicama Fries

If you only know jicama as a slaw base and salad topping, you’re in for a treat! This mild and crunchy tuber might not come to mind as a good substitute for potatoes but it works surprisingly well as a super skinny fry. Give this Spicy Spiralized Shoe String Jicama Fries recipe from Inspiralized a try for a fun snack that packs a health punch with potassium, fiber, and vitamins A and C.

Yucca Fries

Yucca is another root vegetable that works as an excellent potato swap. It’s rich in manganese and vitamin C and keeps for months at a time when stored properly. You won’t miss the spuds when you serve baked yucca fries with a flavorful, unique sauce like Spoon Fork Bacon’s Baked Yucca Fries with Grilled Banana Ketchup.

Zucchini Fries

In the warmer months when summer squash like zucchini are plentiful, use up your farmers market haul by baking up a batch of fries to go along with grilled favorites like burgers. This mild veggie is high in vitamin C, riboflavin, and vitamin B6, and pairs well with strong dipping sauces like A Cozy Kitchen serves up in this recipe for Zucchini Fries with Roasted Garlic Aioli and Sriracha Mayo.

Causes of Breast Cancer

4For some women with the BRCA1 gene mutation, the lifetime risk of breast cancer is as high as 80 percent.

While there’s no known exact cause of breast cancer, it’s known that the disease occurs when some breast cells begin growing abnormally.

These cells divide more rapidly than healthy cells and then start to accumulate, forming a lump or mass.

These cancer cells can spread (metastasize) throughout the breast and into lymph nodes or to other parts of your body.

Most of the time, breast cancer begins with cells in the milk-producing ducts. But it can also begin in the glandular tissue called lobules, or in other cells within the breast.

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Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

While some people who get breast cancer don’t have any of the following risk factors, these traits increase your risk of developing breast cancer:

Being a woman
Obesity
Older age
Personal history of breast cancer in one breast (increases your risk of getting it in the other breast)
Family history of breast cancer in close relatives such as your mother, sister, or daughter – especially if they developed the disease at a young age
Inherited genetic mutations, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
Radiation exposure to your chest as a child or young adult
Starting your menstrual cycle before the age of 12
Beginning menopause at an older age
Giving birth for the first time after the age of 35
Never being pregnant
Taking hormone therapy that combines estrogen and progesterone
Drinking alcohol
Inherited Breast Cancer

The majority of breast cancers are not inherited. In fact, only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are linked to genetic mutations passed down through generations.

The most common gene mutations linked to breast cancer are BRCA1 and BRCA2. Both of these mutations also increase the risk of other cancers throughout a woman’s lifetime, particularly ovarian cancer.

In normal cells, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes help prevent cancer by making proteins that keep the cells from growing abnormally. If these genes are mutated, the cancer-prevention response will not work properly.

For some women with the BRCA1 mutation, the lifetime risk of breast cancer is as high as 80 percent. On average, however, this risk is more like 55 to 65 percent.

For women with the BRCA2 mutation, the lifetime risk of breast cancer is around 45 percent.

Breast cancers linked to these mutations occur more often in younger women. Cancer affecting both breasts is also more common than in cases not linked to these mutations.

While the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations may affect anyone, they are more common in Jewish people of Eastern European origin than in other racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

Men can also carry these mutations, and if they do they are at increased risk for breast and other cancers, such as prostate cancer.

Energy and Diet: Foods to Avoid

10Simple carbohydrates, on the other hand, should be limited. Ranging from candy and cookies to sugary beverages and juices, simple carbs are broken down and absorbed quickly by the body. They provide an initial burst of energy for 30 to 60 minutes, but are digested so quickly they can result in a slump afterward.

You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol is a depressant and can reduce your energy levels, while caffeine usually provides an initial two-hour energy burst, followed by a crash.

Energy and Diet: Scheduling Meals for Sustained Energy

“I always recommend three meals and three snacks a day and to never go over three to four hours without eating something,” says Tara Harwood, RD, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “If you become too hungry, this can cause you to overeat.”

Also, try to include something from each food group at every meal, remembering that foods high in fiber, protein, and fat take a longer time to digest.

Even if life is hectic, it’s important to make wise food choices that provide energy throughout the day. Your body will thank you.