Fuel Your Workout with Healthy Potato Recipes

Don’t think potatoes have a place in your weight loss plan? Choose the right recipes, and potatoes can be a healthy and important part of your diet.

You might worry that the carbs in potatoes could derail your weight loss goals, but according to the Mayo Clinic, losing weight is all about expending more calories than you eat. A medium potato is a naturally fat- and cholesterol-free food and at a measly 110 calories, it’s a natural choice for maintaining a healthy weight.

In fact, your body needs carbohydrates to fuel your brain and your muscles. Studies suggest that a diet that includes a healthy amount of carbs can even lead to more endurance in your workouts.

What does all of this mean? It means that potatoes can fuel your workout, as long as they’re part of an overall healthy meal. That doesn’t mean you have to eat these foods right before working out. Just incorporating them into your regular diet can help provide fuel for your muscles for a better workout.

Need some recipes to get you started? These healthy potato recipes are great choices to get energized for exercise.

Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

Healthy Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

This recipe has a nice balance of protein from the chicken, carbs from the potatoes and the taco shells, and a little bit of fat from reduced-fat cheese.

 
 

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Pair up this veggie-packed potato recipe with a protein source like chicken, beans, or tofu for a balanced meal to supercharge your workout routine.

 
 

Grilled Potato Kabobs

Grilled Potato Kabobs with Lemon Herb Drizzle

You don’t have to skip summer cookouts to maintain a healthy diet. Include these grilled potato and vegetable skewers in your next cookout menu!

 
 

Mediterranean Savory Salad

Mediterranean Sun Kissed Savory Salad

Salads are synonymous with weight loss, but a pile of lettuce isn’t enough to keep you going at the gym. Try out this hearty dinner salad with potatoes and a touch of feta cheese instead.

 
 

Purple Potato Salad

Purple Potato Salad with Beets and Arugula

This is another spin on a dinner salad that includes healthy fat and a dose of protein from walnuts and beautiful beets for a little bit of natural sweetness.

 
 

Lightened Potato Latkes

Lightened Up Potato Latkes

Traditional latkes are pan-fried in lots of butter or oil, but our healthier version packs a nutritional punch! Serve these up with Greek yogurt for dipping to give yourself a little protein boost.

 
 

Potato Scramble

Potato Scramble with Butternut Squash and Pasilla Peppers

Start the morning off with a nice balance of protein, fat and carbs. Serve your scrambled potatoes with a fried egg or two to give your afternoon workout a boost.

 
 

Sweet Potato Kale

Sweet Potato & Kale Salad with Pineapple

Carbs, healthy fats, and a superfood punch from plenty of fresh kale? Talk about an energy wallop! You can eat this kale salad as a side dish or a main course.

 
 

Greek Yogurt and Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas

Baked Potato with Greek Yogurt and Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas

Pump up your workout with this one-bowl meal. Beans and yogurt add protein to your standard baked potato while keeping the fat grams in check.

 

3 Natural Ways Potatoes Help Make Your Body Healthy and Happy

Naturally Fat Free

If you are aiming to eat well and lose weight in the new year, and thinking about cutting potatoes out of your diet, STOP! You’ll be missing out on the many superfood health benefits that make potatoes an essential part of a healthy diet and contribute to a weight loss plan.

Potatoes can have lasting and positive effects on your health and well-being. Here are three ways that naturally nutritious and delicious potatoes help your body stay healthy, happy and satisfied.

 

Potatoes help keep your immune system healthy

Vitamin C helps protect your body from infection by keeping your immune system healthy, and helps heal cuts and wounds (perfect if you’re ever a klutz while exercising at home or at the gym). Contributing a whopping 45% of your daily value, potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C.

Also, if you experience chronic illness or fatigue due to sensitivity to gluten, you’ll be glad to know that potatoes are naturally gluten-free!

 

Potatoes may reduce the risk of high blood pressure

According to the 2010 Dietary guidelines by the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services, diets containing foods that are a good source of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Potatoes are loaded with potassium — more than bananas, spinach or broccoli — and are naturally sodium free.

 

Potatoes are a great part of a healthy weight loss plan

It’s calories that count, not just eliminating foods. Maintaining a good, healthy weight requires burning more calories than you’re taking in. Luckily, one medium-sized (5.3 oz) potato has just 110 calories that are a breeze to burn off. Also, potatoes are 100% fat-free and have zero cholesterol, making them a great meal that will fill you up, not out.

Potatoes also help you feel full longer and eat less. Studies show that potatoes are one of the most filling foods available and stave off hunger better than other common sides, such as pasta, rice and bread.

One wholesome, satisfying potato contributes 2 grams of fiber to the diet, 8% of the recommended daily value. 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.

Lastly, potatoes contribute 10% of your daily value of vitamin B6, which plays important roles in carbohydrate and protein metabolism, and turning food into energy.