It’s apparent by now that nutrition and food is one of my passions. The more cookbooks, healthy eating plans and other resources I peruse, the more I notice that one of my favorite foods is almost always missing — potatoes! I’m going to stand on my soapbox for a minute and say that I just do not get it. I’m not suggesting that you have a hall pass to eat unlimited french fries, potato chips and sour cream smothered baked potatoes. BUT — Prepared well, potatoes are a wealth of nutrients, low calorie, and such a comfort food.
What do they have to offer specifically? Lets break it down.
One medium potato contains:
-Vitamin B6: 10% daily value of one of my favorite vitamins, known for reducing depression, insomnia, and PMS
-Vitamin C: approximately 45% of your daily value
-Potassium: more than bananas and spinach!
-Fiber: about 4 grams per potato, most of which is in the skin, so eat that too!
-Caffeic and ferulic acids: phytochemical that may fight carcinogens
-Complex carbohydrates: May help manage depression, heartburn and memory function
I do HIGHLY recommend that you buy potatoes organic if they are available to you. They are part of the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen,” the top 12 foods affected by pesticide use. They retain pesticides even after washing and peeling them! You can check out the rest of the ‘dirty dozen’ and ‘clean fifteen’ here: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php
One of my favorite ways to cook potatoes is skillet-style. Here’s a recipe for you:
Rosemary-Thyme Skillet Potatoes
-4 or 5 red potatoes, cubed (or any kind you have around)
-3 tbsp coconut oil
-1 tbsp dried rosemary
-1/2 tbsp dried thyme
Heat a large skillet and add the coconut oil until melted. Throw in the potatoes and coat with the oil, herbs and some salt and pepper to taste. Cover the skillet and cook on medium heat for 6 or 7 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
The potatoes get a nice golden brown on the outside and taste like pure comfort. Not to mention the coconut oil and herbs add their own health benefits!
Next time you’re craving some starch, skip the pasta and go the potato route. You will not be disappointed.
Until next time,
picture courtesy of oregonrural.com