Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fit & Active Crinkle Cut Fries (Aldi)

Contrary to your thoughts, these low-fat and low-sodium fries are actually pretty good.
I almost didn’t buy these.  French fries that are 97% fat free and relatively low in sodium compared to their brethren?  Just the idea feels so inherently anti-American.  But I still wanted to give these a fair shot, so I scooped up a bag a few months ago out of curiosity--and then promptly forgot to review them.  So here I was, chomping at the bit for Aldi to offer them again.  And what better time than during the “New Year’s Resolution” health-inspired special buy cycle?  They really have this down to an almost perfect science…

So what did I think of them?  I think the mere reason that I was looking forward to getting them again pretty much tells you that I found them rather enjoyable.  How is it that something as simple as a French fry that simply tastes like potato, is such a foreign concept here in the U.S.?  Sure, compared to most other fries, these would be considered “boring”, but they’re also much healthier; they’re not soaked in grease, and even the sodium content is dialed back a bit.

Do I eat them as is right out of the bag?  No.  I have to admit, I like to dip them in barbecue, and add a small sprinkle of barbecue seasoning on them beforehand.  But you know what?  I do that to all my fries, so the fact there’s not already a ton of unhealthiness on them already, makes me feel a little less guilty about it.  You can also tell there’s not a lot of salt on them, because there’s not a whole lot of flavor besides the potato, but I also generally like things without an overabundance of salt, so that’s a win for me.  Also a win is the price: These are only $1.99 for two full pounds of potato-y goodness; who says health-conscious foods have to be so expensive?

Overall: 8.5/10.  I really like these things, and chances are, so will you!  Sure, there’s not a lot of flavor besides potato, but that also means there’s not all the unhealthy salt and grease content.  I dip them in barbecue sauce and add a little seasoning salt to them to dress them up a bit, but these are things I do to any fry, so it’s nice to not have all that unnecessary crap on them to begin with.  And for only $1.99 for a 32 oz. (2 LB.!) bag, these go a long way for not a lot of moolah.  Highly recommended, but the biggest drawback is that these are only occasionally available as a Special Buy, so stock up on them when you see them!

1 comment:

  1. French fries are healthy depending on how you cook them. Baked? Definitely. Deep fried in old, dirty oil? Obviously that's not going to be healthy. So when I see Aldi releasing them as part of their "Fit & active" line, I have to stop and ask myself, what's the difference? Lower sodium counts, sorry, I always add extra salt to my fries after they're cooked so I'm not going to pay extra for less sodium. Low-fat fries? If you truly want healthy fries, take my advice and take a whole potato and slice it into strips - then bake it, rather than waste your money on these "healthy alternatives"