No more potato bashing! These root vegetables do in fact have nutritional benefits. All potatoes with skins on (very important to eat the nutrient containing skins) have a healthy dose of fiber which will help your blood sugar level stay healthy. The vitamin C in the potato is great as an anti oxidant in your body as well as an essential compound for the maintenance of our body’s connective tissues like your gums. A third of your daily manganese requirements are met in just one baked potato. Manganese has many functions in your body including keeping your thyroid gland healthy (important for hormone regulation and metabolism), keeping your bones strong, and building and metabolizing fatty acids needed in the body as fuel and in your cell membranes. Potatoes also provide you with almost half your days worth of vitamin B6 which helps you synthesize neurotransmitters, build/ break down proteins, as well as breaking stored energy down for use as fuel. The biggest surprise of them all… blood pressure regulating potassium. Potatoes have one of the highest amounts of potassium compared to any other piece of produce. In fact potatoes beat out bananas, they have more than three times as much (on average) than bananas do per serving. So why all the negative press on potatoes? I blame the French fry. When French fries are made they often peel the potato which holds much of its nutrients, and also fry the potato at such high temperatures that the nutrients are broken down leaving you with only a high fat, high carb, low fiber, low nutrient product. Feel free to enjoy your potatoes. Preferably baked, roasted, or mashed with the skins on. One more tip, the more colorful the potato, the more antioxidants it will hold. Think, sweet potatoes (orange) and even purple potatoes… be brave, they are just as easy to prepare as their less colored counterpart. We do encourage everyone to eat a colorful diet. With lots of colorful produce. So please enjoy your potato with a nice salad or colorful veggie.
Here is a simple and delicious recipe to try this week with some antioxidant rich sweet potatoes…
2 or 3 whole sweet potatoes
3 table spoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
black pepper to taste
Pre heat oven to 450 degrees F. Wash and cut sweet potatoes in half length wise, then dice up the sweet potato halves into approximately a one half inch size. Mix your sweet potato pieces with remaining 4 ingredients either in a large bowl, or a ziplock bag to distribute oil evenly. Pour your sweet potato mixture onto a cookie sheet or roasting pan in one layer. Roast for 20 – 25 minutes or until they are soft when you put a fork in them.
Delicious! Have a healthy week 🙂