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?
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.
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!
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