5 Reasons Potatoes Are Good For Your Heart

February is not only Potato Lovers Month — it’s also American Heart Month! Potatoes contain many wonderful ingredients that make them an essential part of a balanced diet, and many of them also help you maintain good heart health. To celebrate this special month, we’re sharing five reasons potatoes help your heart stay healthy.
 

1) Potatoes are cholesterol-free and have zero saturated fat

According to the 2010 Dietary guidelines by the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services, potatoes have no cholesterol or saturated fat. While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in cholesterol and saturated fat may reduce its risk.
 

2) Potatoes are a good source of potassium and low in sodium

Diets containing foods that include potassium and are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Potatoes with skin are loaded with potassium — more than bananas, spinach or broccoli — and are naturally sodium free.
 

3) Potatoes are a good source of fiber

A medium potato with skin contributes 2 grams of fiber, which provides 8% of the daily value per serving. Dietary fiber has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including improving blood lipid levels, regulating blood glucose, and increasing satiety (makes you feel full longer), which may help with weight loss.
 

4) Potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C

Vitamin C protects arteries from the damaging effects of cholesterol. Potatoes rank in the top 5 of dietary sources of vitamin C for Americans, and provide 45% of the daily value.
 

5) Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin and essential component of red blood cells. It also helps reduce levels of homocysteine, of which high levels have been implicated in heart disease and stroke.

Pressed for time? Heart-healthy eating expert Christine Palumbo, RD explains how potatoes help with heart health in less than a minute.

What better reason to stock up on potatoes than to keep a healthy heart? You can even skip the trip to the grocery store — order PotatOHs in our online shop and we’ll ship them right to your door.

Colorful and Flavorful Potato Recipes for Valentine’s Day

It’s no coincidence Valentine’s Day falls in February, also Potato Lovers Month — a fun, delicious and playful potato dish is a perfect way to say “I Love You.” If you’re looking for a recipe that will surprise your Valentine, look no further! Here are three recipes full of color and flavor bound to put a smile on your sweetheart’s face this Valentine’s Day.

 

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Add a bit of spice to your dinner with these smashers that mix potatoes with sweet peppers, cilantro, sour cream or greek yogurt, and a hint of chili powder. You can use any potatoes you like, and you can get creative with yellow and red potatoes, or Express Bake russets, sweets or fingerling Jubileez. They’re easy to make (smash the potatoes together for added fun!), low on calories (only 50), and big on flavor.

 

Grilled Pesto Potato Salad

This delicious twist on potato salad saves you time by cooking potatoes in the microwave and is a flavor experience your tastebuds won’t forget. The balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, pepper, basil, parmesan cheese and pine nuts on red potatoes are a perfect mix that will keep you coming back for more after the first bite. Great for Spring or Summer, you can make it for Valentine’s Day and again when the weather gets warmer.

 

Potatoes Florentine

With leeks, spinach, roasted bell peppers, fresh basil, parmesan cheese and a hint of butter and milk, these potatoes florentine are a feast for the eyes, as well as your tastebuds.

 

Winners of the Potato Lovers Month Giveaway

February is Potato Lovers Month, and on Wednesday we invited you to celebrate by telling us why you love potatoes.

21 Potato Lovers posted their thoughtful answers in the comments, and the time has come to announce the winners! We selected 5 people at random, and you can read their posts below:

“My Mama used to make mashed-potatoes, or creamed-potatoes as I called them back then, every single day for me! I loved them then and I love them all these many years later! They are my probably my most favorite food! I used to put ketchup in them, so I had pink potatoes every day and I thought that was wonderful!”

Jamie Mabry

“I feel like a version of Forrest Gump about potatoes, you can bake ‘em, boil ‘em, fry ‘em, put them in soup, chowder, casseroles, mash ‘em… they are so versatile, inexpensive and filling!”

Cheri

“Potatoes are my favorites because they are so versatile. You can use them for any meal use, as a dessert such as Potato Candy, as a snack, and sweet potatoes are really good for you. They also make pretty plants in your garden before you dig them and the sweet potato vine is a beautiful hanging plant.”

Maureen

“Having a large family…potatoes are very inexpensive. We eat them every day in many ways…with a bonus…they are good for you!”

Dave Janosco

“I love potatoes because I had a heart attack back on January 16th and they are a very good addition to my healthy diet program…and they taste good too!”

Terry Heebner

Winners will be receiving a variety pack of Express Bake PotatOHs shipped right to their doorstep. Check your inbox — we’ll be contacting you to arrange shipping faster than it takes for a PotatOH to cook in the microwave!

Thanks to everyone who participated and keep an eye out for our next giveaway – you could win some of our delicious microwave potatoes!

February is Potato Lovers Month! Celebrate with PotatOH (Giveaway)

February is one of our favorite times of the year, because we get to celebrate that healthy, round little vegetable that’s so good for us and we love to eat.

When you stop to think about it, potatoes give us a whole lotta love. They:

  • Are low in calories, with only 110 in a medium-sized spud
  • Are fat, cholesterol and sodium-free, so they’re easy on your heart and on your weight
  • Are full of fiber, helping keep us fuller longer
  • Are gluten-free, providing healthy, natural and satisfying meals for people with gluten sensitivity
  • Are can be made almost any way you can imagine, and you can bake ’em, fry ’em, grill ’em, microwave ’em, smash ’em, steam ’em and…well, you get the point!

There are many reasons to love potatoes, and we want to hear yours! Celebrate Potato Lovers Month by telling us why YOU love potatoes.

5 lucky potato lovers will receive a FREE variety pack of Express Bake PotatOHs (2 russets, 2 sweet potatoes, and a tray pack of fingerling jubileez)!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and include your email address so we can contact you. We love all of our fans, but we ship fresh potatoes and like to get them to your doorstep quick, so only potato lovers in the U.S. are eligible. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 10, so check our blog for updates!

Touchdown! Potato Recipes for the Big Game

Having friends and family over for the big game on Sunday and need some ideas for appetizers and snacks? We’ve got you covered. These delicious potato recipes are full of flavor and will keep your guests happy without blitzing them with calories. Put these in the game and go for the big win!

Cheesy Potato Skins

We often take the ultra-low-fat potato and fry it into nutritional oblivion, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A low-fat makeover of everyone’s favorite football party spud snack, these cheesy potato skins keep things light and are full of flavor, thanks to healthy portions of paprika and parmessan cheese. Add some cayenne pepper and these skins will pack a little kick that sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Great as an appetizer or side.

 

Baked Potato Nachos

With black beans, green chiles tomatoes, olives, onions and shredded cheese, these colorful and delicious spud-infused nachos pack a lot of flavor without the extra calories. Eat them just like that, or add salsa, guacamole and sour cream for extra flavor. Either way, you can’t go wrong! Just be careful when you put them out — your guests might rush before you’re ready and you’ll have to give offenders a 5-yard penalty.

 

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

This twist on buffalo chicken wings lets you get your spicy on without the extra fat and calories. Start with potatoes and replace the fried wings with shredded chicken breast. Top them off with fresh tomatoes and onions. Filled with protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, B6, folate, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium, and a good source of thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, and copper.

 

Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes

Cook Express Bake PotatOHs in the microwave and top them off with sharp cheddar and broccoli for a quick and easy crowd-pleasing favorite. Add a bit of salt for extra taste, and some cayenne pepper for a little kick. Serve them up with a mixed green salad with chive dressing and make it a meal!