5 Fried Foods That Aren’t Terrible For You

As long as you don’t overdo it, you can eat these fried foods without the guilt

(Photo: Shutterstock)

To make fried food even better for you, choose a heart-healthy oil like olive oil. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Instead of French fries, try breading and frying zucchini sticks. Zucchini is a low-calorie source of a number of vitamins. And, if you serve your zucchini fries with a Greek yogurt-based tzatziki sauce, you’ll get a good dose of protein too. Click here for our fried zucchini recipe.


(Photo Modified: Shutterstock)

Avocado is a healthy fat that will help keep you fuller longer. Why not try deep-frying your guacamole? Click here for our fried guacamole recipe.


(Credit: Flickr/Russellstreet)

Here’s a creative way to eat more fruit; deep fry it. This recipe uses fresh wholesome fruit coated in a light dusting of flour and spices. Click here for our deep-fried fruit recipe.

(Credit: Flickr/russellstreet)

If you really want to have French fries, fry them using a cold-oil method; they’ll absorb less oil (fat) that way, making them a bit healthier. Click here for our French fry recipe.

(Photo Modified:waferboard)

(Photo Modified:flickr/waferboard)

Pickles are a great low-calorie treat. Try them deep-fired for a crunchy, salty, and satisfying snack. Click here for our fried pickle recipe.

(Credit: Flickr/Ed Fisher aka gleam)


Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.