Fit & Active Crinkle Cut Fries (Aldi)

An unopened bag of Fit & Active Crinkle Cut Fries, from 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!

Comments

  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"

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