Remember when I mentioned, I was super pumped to be able to eat a healthy french fry product that I was sent to review? Well, I wasn’t lying. It really does exist. I know, I know… “But you can make them yourself with some sea salt & olive oil!” Seriously? What full-time worker, part-time student has time to clean and cut up a bunch of potatoes, prepare them for the oven, and have them on the table in time for dinner that night? Not this one, I can tell you that! I can only imagine how convenient these CravOn fries would be for all the Mommas out there too, who don’t have the time to take a shower everyday, let alone go through the above mentioned process.
The company is totally generous. A big thank you to Tracy from the company who sent me this large and in charge package of goodies featuring each of the four varieties of CravOn French Fries: Anytime Diced, Steak Cut, Ripple Cut, and Diamond Cut. Not only did I have a freezer stocked full of healthy fries, but they also sent me this awesome oven glove, spatula, and baking sheet!
Now, I feel totally equipped to be a french fry master 🙂 Let me start by explaining the process. CravOn does all the work for you!
I, for one, enjoyed the illustration. 😀 Anyway, they use 5 ingredients… I repeat… 5 INGREDIENTS. That, folks, is stellar.
Potato, olive oil and sea salt for flavor, caramel color and annatto, a natural plant-based color
Which leads me to the nutritional information. I feel as though white potatoes have gotten a bad rap in “diet crazed” world due to their higher carbohydrate content and glycemic index (for a vegetable). Luckily, I’m not a “dieter“. I’m a clean eater… one who has done her research. Turns out, the only advantage that sweet potatoes have over white is the beta-carotene (a precursor to Vitamin A) content.
I actually wanted to see for myself exactly how much better these fries are for you than McDonald’s (I knew it had to be significant based on the ingredients and the production process).
Small french fry from McDonalds (71g) = 230 calories, 11g fat, 1.5g saturated, 29g carbs
1 serving of CravOn Ripple Cut Fries (85g) = 90 calories, 2g fat, 0g saturated, 15g carbs
Literally, you can eat french fries for a snack under 100 calories, thanks to CravOn. Not to mention, you’d have to eat THREE servings to eat more calories than ONE serving of McDonald’s fries.
The first variety that I tried was the Ripple Cut. For some reason, these just struck me as the old school, traditional french fry. I literally burnt my mouth trying to taste one as it finished baking in the oven.
Preparing these little babies is such a piece of cake. It can be done in 30 seconds. All YOU have to do is pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees, lay the fries out on a non-stick baking sheet with space to separate them, and bake for 20-25 minutes. You can flip them 1/2 way through the baking time, but it’s not necessary. So easy, a caveman could do it!
Every single time they came out absolutely perfect. Crisp with the perfect saltiness level on the outside and soft and tender on the inside.
I think that of both the varieties I’ve tried to far (I have yet to break open the Diamond Cut & Diced Anytime) I enjoyed the ripple cut most! The Steak Fries were meatier, (I’m punny) but the Ripple Cut? Oh man… I could’ve easily eaten 1/2 the bag by myself. Jarid saved me from myself, though 😉
I’ve got all kinds of things up my sleeve as far as plans for the rest of the CravOn products… you’ll just have to wait and see! *hint* think = loaded mexican cheesy fries with jalapenos, shredded cheddar, salsa, and plain greek yogurt (sour cream). It’s gonna be epic. Stay tuned!
Do me a favor in the meantime and go ahead and “like” their Facebook page! They’re good people with an awesome product. Show ’em some love!