The keto diet is a fulfilling lifestyle that can provide you with a number of different benefits. However, sometimes it can be a struggle to figure out how to replace the foods that you have to miss out on due to the restrictions of the diet. On the other hand, one of the best things about the ketogenic lifestyle is the chance it gives to you try new foods and discover new favorite recipes.
We’re confident that one of those will be these delicious low carb zucchini fries. For a lot of people, giving up the salty goodness of regular fries can be one of the hardest parts of a <a target="_blank"href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/14-day-keto-diet-plan-and-menu/">keto diet plan</a>. But you don’t have to give up fries on keto with these amazing zucchini fries! Potatoes are an incredibly high-carb food, and as such are a big no-no on the keto diet. However, potatoes aren’t the only way to go with fries, and these are a great option for low-carb or gluten-free diets!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Eat more Zucchini</p></h4>
The best vegetables to eat on a keto diet are low carb, above ground vegetables. This includes things like spinach, asparagus, lettuce, kale, and zucchini. Other keto-friendly vegetables include mushrooms, avocados, cauliflower, green beans, and brussels sprouts.
Of all of these however, zucchini is one of the best vegetables to eat while on keto. Zucchini is an amazing vegetable on the ketogenic diet, or any diet for that matter! It’s super versatile and makes for a great replacement for your carb-heavy favorites –– pasta, lasagna and even fries! It’s easy to work with, especially because you can cut it to mimic whatever you’re replacing.
Beyond that, zucchini is full of great nutrients. It’s packed with vitamin A and C –– both antioxidants –– as well as manganese and potassium. All of these nutrients can help protect against inflammation, boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure and naturally lower your cholesterol. You can get half of your daily Vitamin C intake in a medium zucchini and 15 percent of your daily potassium value in just one cup!
It’s mostly made of water (95%!), making it low in carbs, sugar and calories. This also makes it super easy to digest and hydrating. Whether you continue to make these zucchini fries or not, you will definitely want to permanently add zucchini to your <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-beginner-grocery-list/">keto grocery list</a>.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Why Pork Rinds?</p></h4>
You might be surprised to see pork rinds in this recipe, but it actually makes a great low-carb breading in many keto recipes! They’re made of crisped pig skin and can come in a variety of flavors.
Most pork rinds don’t have any carbs, but are high in protein and fat. Their crispy texture means they make a great breading with a crunch when they’re crushed up.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Low Carb Zucchini Fries</p></h4>
These low carb zucchini fries are a great way to satisfy your cravings while on the ketogenic lifestyle. Not only are they delicious and filling, but they are incredibly quick and easy to make, with minimal prep time and a cook time of only 20 minutes.
Another great thing about these low carb zucchini fries is that they do not require cooking with an air fryer. However, if you are looking for a zucchini air fryer recipe, you should be able to adapt these just as easily.
See the recipe for low carb zucchini fries below, and you will be eating a wholesome keto meal in no time.
<h5>Prep Time 10 minutes | cook time 20 minutes | makes: 4 servings</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5><ul>
<li>2 medium zucchini</li>
<li>2 eggs beaten</li>
<li>½ cup grated parmesan</li>
<li>1 cup crushed pork rinds</li>
<li>Optional spices (for additional flavor):</li>
<li>½ tsp garlic powder</li>
<li>½ tsp Italian seasoning</li>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5><ul>
<ol><li>Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.</li>
<li>Cut the zucchini lengthwise, then cut each half into matchsticks.</li>
<li>Beat the eggs in a bowl.</li>
<li>Crush the pork rinds until they are breadcrumb consistency. Add the parmesan and additional spices, if using.</li>
<li>Dip each zucchini piece into the egg mixture until coated, then into the pork rind mixture. Place on baking sheet.</li>
<li>Roast for 15-20 minutes until crisp. Enjoy!</li>