Potatoes are a popular veggie, but they can often get a bad rap when thinking about healthy diets. This is because we so frequently associate them with foods like French fries and potato chips. I’m happy to say that potatoes are a lot more than these few, less-than-healthy food choices and you’d be wise to add them to your healthy meal plan. To start, potatoes are fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, loaded with Vitamin C and a good source of potassium. Keep the skin on and you’re also adding valuable fiber to your diet.
As I pointed out in the examples I mentioned, it’s important how you prepare potatoes to reap their benefits and keep from loading them with unnecessary fat and calories. Simple recipes that call for roasting sliced potatoes with a bit of olive oil, rosemary and sea salt is a perfect example. Or, try adding low-fat chicken broth in place of milk to your mashed potato recipe–it works just as well and will reduce the calorie and fat content. Fruits and Veggies–More Matters has taken an old favorite–scalloped potatoes and reworked it. This version, Scalloped Potatoes & Chicken w/Fennel, makes it a main meal by adding chicken and ups the flavor with some fennel.
If you’re tired of the same, old potato dishes, the U.S. Potato Board has come up with something new–Chile Lime Potato Tacos. Ready in 25 minutes and under 250 calories, this dish is a winner!
I personally love to keep it really simple and put a potato in the microwave and “bake” it. Then, I top it with healthy ingriedients like cooked broccoli, diced tomatoes and shredded low-fat chedder cheese. It’s the perfect lunch–quick, easy and filling. The bottom line is don’t dismiss this delicious and nutritious veggie if you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle. There are plenty of ways to incorporate potatoes into your daily meal plans–visit Our Recipe Section for more ideas.