I’ve been doing lots of research into re-learning about food these days. Before kids I was defiantely more mindful and intentional about it. Then the whole two under two thing happened. But now I’m really starting to take the time to fuel my body as well as my family with the right stuff. And in terms of eats, I want something that fills us up – in the right way!
And I have a new favorite vegetable – Potatoes!
As a busy mom who needs to carb up to chase around after the littles all day, potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium, and energy I need to perform at my best. They are a nutrient-dense complex carb, perfect for when you need to fuel up before a workout and a great food to sneak into the littles meals to fill their little tummies for a solid night sleep. #momwin
Potato Fun Fact #1: Potatoes contain as much if not more of several essential vitamins and minerals than spaghetti, brown rice or whole wheat bread (compared on a per-serving basis).
Carbs are the primary fuel for your brain and a key source of energy for muscles. They are important for optimal physical and mental performance.1 And because your body’s own stores of carbohydrate are limited and may be depleted – even in a single session of intense and/or prolonged exercise– it’s important to replenish them.2 And if you are in need of Potassium -> Potatoes have even more potassium than a banana. Potassium is an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function.
Potato Fun Fact #2: A medium (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains 26 grams of carbohydrates and 620 milligrams of potassium.
I feel like potatoes don’t get that good of a rap becuse people are afraid of carbs, but potatoes are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable. And adequate energy intake supports optimal body functions. A medium (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains 110 calories.
Whether you lead an active lifestyle or compete with elite athletes, there’s a potato option to fuel your body and brain throughout the day. I have been loving adding them to my new Insta Pot meals lately – such a great way to add some extra yum to a tasty meal! And with potatoes, there are so many varieties to keep meals interesting -> Russets, reds, yellows, whites, purples Petites, fingerlings, and more!
Potato Hash, Fries, potatoes as a side with protein, potato pancakes – so many things to make, and those are just a few random meals off the top of my head. Potatoes are a great thing you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner and it makes sense. And after learning about all the great nutritional benefits, I’m even more excited about adding potatoes to my family’s meals!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy Potatoes?
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As always, all opinions are my own.
- 1 Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Position of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, American College of Sports Medicine and the Dieticians of Canada. Med Sci Sports Excerc. 2015; 48:543-568.
- 2 Burke LM, Hawley JA, Wong SH, Jeukendrup AE. Carbohydrates for training and competition. J Sports Sci. 2011; 29(Suppl 1): S17-27.