Potatoes and Nuts: A Satisfying and Healthy Combination

Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Fresh Pineapple

A serving of healthy nuts makes your food more satisfying and helps you stay full longer.

Nuts don’t always get the credit they deserve when it comes to healthy food, because they’re high in fat, but studies show that in moderation nuts don’t impact weight loss goals. In fact, they’re a great option for making your food more delicious and adding a dose of disease-fighting nutrients to your dishes.

Healthy nuts contribute to satiety, meaning that the healthy fats and fiber help you feel full. Combine nuts with satisfying potatoes, and you’ve got a satisfying meal that’s in line with your health goals. Studies show that potatoes also help stave off hunger better than other common side dishes. Potatoes and nuts can be part of a healthy weight loss program.

Need some help including healthy nuts and potatoes in your cooking? Try some of these recipes!

10 Nutty Potato Recipes

Vegan Quinoa Salad

1. Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Pine Nuts

Pine nuts are rich and satisfying. They also provide 120 percent of your daily value of manganese, a mineral that helps support brain function. Image credit: The Perfect Pantry.

 
 

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup
2. Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

This is a perfect hearty soup for a cold day, and the moderate portion of healthy nuts protects you from heart disease without causing weight gain. Image credit: All Recipes.

 
 

Sweet Potato Kale
3. Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Walnuts

Combine filling sweet potatoes, healthy nuts, and plenty of good-for-you kale in a light and delicious dish. Healthy nuts like walnuts make this salad filling while helping to reduce blood cholesterol.

 
 

Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Sweet Potatoes
4. Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Sweet Potatoes

This is a filling dish packed with protein and healthy nuts. We talked about the benefits of peanuts above, and the peanut sauce in this dish delivers a moderate serving of peanuts on every plate. Image credit: Clean Eating.

 
 

New Potatoes with Spinach and Pine Nuts
5. New Potatoes with Spinach and Pine Nuts

This recipe only contains a small amount of pine nuts. You could double the healthy nuts in this recipe for even more healthy benefit and still only have a moderate amount of nuts on your plate. Image credit: Epi-Ventures.

 
 

Grilled Pesto Potato Salad
6. Grilled Pesto Potato Salad

Toss some extra pine nuts into this side dish, if you like, or serve it as-is. Best of all, you can save time by using your microwave instead of conventional oven, which makes for a quick, easy and flavorful meal.

 
 

Hazelnut Gnocchi with Sage Glaze
7. Hazelnut Gnocchi with Sage Glaze

Gnocchi is a potato-based pasta that makes a filling side dish or main course. This version uses ground hazelnuts for a protein boost. Hazelnuts provide 3-4 grams of fiber per serving and 20 percent of your Vitamin K for the day. Image credit: My Recipes.

 
 

Sweet Potato and Cashew Korma over Coconut Rice
8. Sweet Potato and Cashew Korma

This vegetarian Indian dish is perfect for a cold evening. A serving of cashews contains trace minerals like copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and zinc. Image credit: My Recipes.

 
 

Pine Nut and Glazed Onion Mashed Potatoes
9. Pine Nut and Glazed Onion Mashed Potatoes

This non-dairy mashed potato recipe actually contains two kinds of healthy nuts: pine nuts and cashews. Instead of cream and butter, pureed raw cashews make these mashed potatoes rich and creamy. Image credit: Vedged Out.

 
 

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