We know what you’re thinking: But wait, potatoes are NOT healthy.
Their reputation definitely precedes them. Especially since they are often deliciously cooked in oils, fats, butter, and other ingredients that we are told to keep in moderation if we consume them at all.
We will let you in on a secret: when cooked the right way, potatoes actually have some surprising health benefits! Now to clarify, we are leaving out the deep-fried, French-fried potatoes here. First, we’ll dive into the reasons why you shouldn’t fear potatoes, and then we’ll share some tips on how they can be prepared healthily!
Potatoes make a great side dish that is very high in fibre, which will help improve your digestive tract. On their own (without adding fats and oils), they are actually fat-free and cholesterol-free! They also contain lots of magnesium and potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. Potatoes also have antioxidants, particularly purple potatoes and potatoes with the skin left on them. They also are high in Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6, both of which are great for boosting your metabolism.
Not to mention, potatoes are also gluten-free, making them a great option for those who are gluten sensitive or who have celiac disease. Potatoes are also quite filling and can prompt feelings of fullness and prevent overeating when consumed in moderation. You may need to monitor your portion sizes, as potatoes can be quite delicious, and pay attention to the cues your body is giving you when feeling full. Eat them slowly because they can catch up on you!
How Potatoes Can Be Prepared in a Healthy Way!
There are a few ways that you can prepare potatoes without turning them into their unhealthy fried counterparts. They are just as delicious roasted in the oven, prepared as mashed potatoes, and you can even bake them into crispy “French fries” of your own when baked as thinner slices. When it comes to preparing healthy potatoes, it ultimately comes down to toppings and dressings. You can lightly brush them with olive oil, boil or steam them and season them lightly to enjoy them without all of the guilt.
At the end of the day, potatoes are a root vegetable, and do have many health benefits in moderation. Eating fresh, whole vegetables is a much healthier alternative to packaged food or take out, so as long as you are mindful of how you eat your potatoes, you can enjoy their health benefits! There is no need to fear potatoes!
If you’re looking to give healthy potatoes a chance, our Lemon Grilled Chicken Breast comes with a side of fresh baby potatoes! You can enjoy all of the health benefits of eating potatoes in moderation, without worrying about preparing them yourself! Our weekly meal plan has several great options for healthy meals delivered fresh right to your door!