You Say Potato, I Say Potato

I’ve always loved potatoes. Hash browns. Fries. Mashed. I can literally find a reason to eat a potato at every meal. I remember being at a buffet, looking down at my plate, and to my own chagrin I had fries, mashed potatoes, AND potato salad on my plate. OMG!

On this journey to become what I eat I’ve been reading up on tons of foods, but I’m still having trouble with the potato. For a while I stopped eating white potatoes, substituting the sweet potato instead. I remember my former pastor telling me, it’s not the potato that’s the problem, it’s the cheese and sour cream and butter that you put on TOP of the potato!

So, let’s talk about the potato. The potato has essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and potassium (when you leave the skin on). We know the potato for it’s carb content, which is why we are afraid of it (or is it just me?). Because the starchy potato is resistant to digestion enzymes in the stomach and small intestine, it may have the same physiological effects and health benefits as fiber (yippe!). Additionally, “it provides bulk, offers protection against colon cancer, improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, lowers plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, increases satiety, and possibly even reduces fat storage” (according to Wikipedia).

Where do we go wrong with the potato? The problem lies in our storage and preparation. Here are some tips:

  • Keep your potatoes in a dark, well ventilated area
  • When potatoes start to sprout, cut off the sprouts BEFORE preparing them for your meal
  • Eat baked potatoes topped with chives and broccoli
  • Make fries by cutting potatoes into thin strips, brushing on a bit of olive oil, and baking
  • Chop potatoes and saute them with onions and peppers

Don’t let the potato scare you like it did me! What are some of your favorite health conscious potato recipes? Post them below.

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It’s not a #PattiPie.

My mother has been making sweet potato pie for decades. So did her mother, and her mother. This tasty dessert will be featured on many a Black Thanksgiving Day table this fall, and has been featured for probably a century. However, it was when a celebrity put her name on it and a video went viral (OMG 5M views and counting!) that the world seemed to have “discovered” something I’d been enjoying all my life.

The #PattiPie has been around for about 8 months, but I tried a slice for the first time last week. Walmart had a booth at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and they were giving out samples.

Yeah, the pie was pretty good. It was very creamy, but it was not as good as my mom’s. #imjustsaying

I would NEVER knock anyone’s hustle. I wish someone would market my chickquinoa stuffed peppers. I’d gladly sit back and collect that check. I’m not writing this post to hate on the beautiful and talented Patti Labelle (come on Patti!). I’m writing this post to inform you about the nutrition information for this pie so that you know what you’re eating.

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Image from Amazon. They sell them for $28.94 + $3.99 shipping

One slice of pie is 440 calories my loves. It contains 29 grams of sugar! Let me tell you what you could eat for 440 calories:

I’ll stop there.

It’s not a #PattiPie, but I promise you your blood sugar and waistline will thank you if you substitute one of the above options for a slice of that sweet potato pie.

“But I want dessert, not an entree.” Okay fine-I hear you. Here’s a list of desserts with WAY LESS than 29 grams of sugar:

I could do this all day, so let me stop. I think I’ve proven my point!

Thoughts?