There is no reason for junk food to be so tempting and yet totally out of reach for health nuts and runners. A few tweaks here and there and you can ‘unjunk’ your favorite junk food and make your belly happy.

In a new series, we decided to give you a hand with some healthy recipes on traditionally non-healthy food that will surprise you with their ease (and also the taste).

Salt and Pepper Oven Fries
Since it’s been well established that you must have an adequate intake of carbs for running, the dependable potato is what we are going to focus on for our first recipe. And yes, we’re going for the best form of potatoes, the big daddy of junk food: French Fries (except we won’t fry them).

What you will need

• 3 large baking potatoes peeled, cut 1/2-inch-wide lengthwise, and each such plank cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide strips
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• ½ teaspoon sugar
• 1 teaspoon shichimi togarashi – This Japanese seasoning (dried chillies, sesame seeds, and seaweed) adds great flavor. Use chaat masala as a substitute for that extra kick.

How to make it

Place a rack in top third of oven and preheat to 400°F. Place potato strips on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil; toss to coat. Roast 25 minutes. Using spatula, turn chips over. Roast until tender and golden brown around edges, for a further 25 minutes.
Mix salt, shichimi or chaat masala, and sugar in small bowl. Sprinkle over the hot chips.

Crisp and crunchy with just a hint of oil, these fries are a sure shot way of taking care of your junk food cravings, while also keeping your waistline and health in mind. And it’s just one more example of how vegetarians can match their diet to their running.

Bon appètit!

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