5 Ways Potatoes Love You Back

Potato Love

February is for lovers….potato lovers!

Potato Lovers Month continues, and we have some good news! Those humble potatoes that you love to eat baked, mashed, stuffed, and roasted might just have a crush on you. How can we tell? Let’s just say that a little spud bird told us.

No matter how you dish them up, there are lots of reasons to start a healthy relationship with potatoes!

1. Potatoes aren’t afraid of commitment.

Did you know that potatoes with the skin on contain more potassium than a banana and that they’re naturally salt-free? Because potassium is an electrolyte that is essential for proper digestive and muscle function, it’s just one of the many ways potatoes are good to you.

But potassium isn’t just good for your muscles. Research shows that getting plenty of potassium in as part of a low-salt diet just might reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure or suffering from a stroke. Potatoes are looking out for you, because they’re with you for the long haul, baby.

2. They’re a cheap date.

At around just 25 cents per pound, potatoes are one of the cheapest items that you can load into your grocery basket in the produce aisle, so play the field and see what variety is your dream spud! With so many different varieties, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

You don’t need to shower them with expensive ingredients to make potatoes taste great, either. Potatoes love you for you. Mash them with a little milk and olive oil, roast them with oil and fresh herbs, or get fancy and cook up potato tacos for some budget-friendly potato lovin’.

3. They love your kids.

Even better? Your kids love them! Potatoes are a great way to get your kids kids to eat a little bit healthier. Kids can be picky, but potatoes help you sneak a little bit of fiber (2 grams per serving!), vitamin B6, and even vitamin C into their meals. Potatoes have as much vitamin C as a tangerine – who knew?

Try serving your kids some tasty oven fries, mashed potatoes, or yummy potato pancakes (with applesauce for dipping!). We bet that they’ll fall in love with potatoes, too.

4. Potatoes won’t break your heart.

With zero grams of saturated fat and no cholesterol, you can trust your heart to potatoes. There are a lot of factors that play into a healthy heart, and studies show that a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet may help protect your ticker.

Want to take this thing to the next level? Try some plant-based potato dishes like herbed and roasted potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes with Chinese broccoli  to share the love!

5. They know how to be sweet.

Sweet potatoes have a lot of love to give, too! They’re a delicious, healthy, and versatile companion for any meal.

An excellent source of vitamin C to boost your immune system, sweet potatoes are also good for your skin. Like other orange and yellow veggies, sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene, a vitamin that can help make your skin less susceptible to UV-related damage from the sun and the side effects that can come with that, like wrinkles.

You can eat those sweets baked, roasted, or fried, or you can up the sweet factor even more with dessert recipes like decadent sweet potato cheesecake bars.

What’s your favorite way to spend quality time with potatoes? We’d love to hear your favorite potato recipes in the comments!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by oliviermartins
 

Winners of the 2013 Potato Lovers Month Giveaway

Potato Lovers Month Winners

Last Friday we said we were celebrating Potato Lovers Month by spreading the love through PotatOHs, and we really meant it! 

We had a lot of fun reading all of the reasons you love potatoes, how you like to cook them, your favorite types of potatoes, and much more! We are very thankful for all of your comments, and glad to see that so many of you truly love potatoes and enjoy eating them. We’re lucky to have fans who are true potato lovers!

Now the time has come to announce the winners! We picked 6 entries, and if you see your name and comment below, you’ve won!

Audrey: You stated all the reasons that potatoes are good and good for you, I can’t top that except to say my family loves all the ways I prepare them. From entrees to side dishes. Gnocchi, breads, the recipes are endless. It is, however, great to have them cooked (safely using your product) and ready to incorporate in to the recipe. And thanks for making it BPA free and recyclable. Making our world a cleaner, safer place for our children means a lot to me.

Sue: I love potatoes because they taste so good with salt pepper and butter. But they are not fattening so if someone wants to cut back on calories they are able to do so! I like them because they are filling so snacking later is not as desired. Potatoes rock!

Ann: Potatoes have always been a staple in our home. From when I was a young child, my favorite meals always included potatoes cooked in a variety of ways…either baked, mashed, and home fries. There are so many ways to cook them and we love them because they always had that feeling of fullness touch. There are always potatoes in our home, ready to cook!

Susan: What can be said about the humble tuber? It can literally solve world hunger! Never mind how much I love potatoes, as a Vegan of course they are a staple. It’s the bigger picture everyone is missing! With so many varieties and the sturdy longevity of this vegetable, well, entire villages could be well fed if potatoes were introduced into their diet. Protein, fiber, vitamins, as far as I’m concerned it is one of nature’s perfect foods. And they are so tasty!

Tracy: We really love potatoes here at our house! You can fix them so many ways. When I ask the kids what we should have for dinner usually they will all ask for some kind of potatoes!

Tonya: I grew up on potatoes, they are still my favorite today can make so many different ways. Especially the red and yellow ones are my favorite, but I love them all. I make all kinds of recipes with potatoes one healthy one is red potatoes,fresh garlic, bell green peppers, bell red peppers, or any vegetable you love with or without tofu cut up onion olive oil dash pepper and salt bake until done or use Mrs. Dash garlic seasoning.

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 get your details so we can ship your prize ASAP!

Congratulations to the winners, thanks to everyone who participated, and keep an eye out for our next giveaway – you could win some of our delicious microwave potatoes!
 

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

Potato Lovers 2013

February is one of our favorite times of the year, because for a whole month, we celebrate the vegetable that we most love to eat: potatoes! That’s right, it’s National Potato Lovers Month, and what better way to celebrate than spreading the love through PotatOHs?

Potatoes are very good to us, and there’s a whole lot to 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!

PotatOHs give you even more to love about potatoes! Here are some of the ways they make life a little easier and make eating healthy more convenient. They:

  • Save you time by fully cooking in just 4-7 minutes in the microwave
  • Are double-washed and sealed in our recyclable BPA-free SavorSeal™ wrap that keeps in the flavor and natural goodness of potatoes when cooking in the microwave
  • Steam as they cook in the microwave, two ways the U.S. Potato Board recommends cooking potatoes to preserve nutrients
  • Provide great taste and a perfect texture that you just can’t get using cloth bags or paper towels, or just microwaving a potato on a plate
  • Offer a variety of choices, whether you like good ol’ russets, sweet potatoes, red or gold potatoes, or fingerlings!
  • To learn more about why PotatOHs are an easy shortcut to a healthy potato meal, watch our video below

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

6 lucky potato lovers will receive a FREE variety pack of Express Bake PotatOHs. That’s 3 russets, 3 sweet potatoes, and 1 tray pack each of Fingerling, Gold and Ruby 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 Wednesday, February 13, so check our blog and Facebook page for updates.

Have a great weekend, and good luck!