I wanted to give a shout out to the often neglected potato as part of a healthy lifestyle, especially those official Idaho potatoes grown in my home state. The most common way to eat potatoes in our country is sadly French fries. The average American eats 30 pounds of French fries a year.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s not how you can make potatoes a part of your healthy lifestyle. Instead try baking them and topping with *small* amounts of toppings, unless it’s salsa. Then you can drown it with your topping. Or try roasting them or baking them with a little oil, onions, and salt and pepper, (That’s how mine were prepared.)
Why should you devote some of the carbs in your diet to the almighty potato? For nearly the same calorie value, potatoes offer more vitamin C than an apple and more potassium than a banana. They are also fat free, cholesterol free and a good source of vitamin B6 and fiber.
So celebrate the potato, more specifically the Idaho potato, by swapping it for rice or quinoa in your dinner tonight.
Happy National Potato Day!
In case you want to know – the rest of my lunch is fresh regional steelhead with olive oil and a lemon rosemary spice mix (Wildtree), steamed farm-fresh beans and corn on the cob from my garden (so sweet you don’t even miss the butter!).