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.