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.
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.