The best way to prepare potatoes for a healthy diet is a way that is low in fat and full of flavor. I totally admit to having a weakness for potatoes but when I’m watching my weight, I want to make sure I know the best way to prepare potatoes for a healthy diet. Potatoes are one of the least expensive items in the whole produce department of your grocery store. They are also one of the most nutritious. Those reasons alone are enough to convince me I should add some to my cart each week.
Best Way to Prepare Potatoes for a Healthy Diet
Potatoes make a great, inexpensive base for a meal. It’s easy to add a little excitement to your potatoes by choosing one of these healthy, low cost options:
- Top a baked potato with chili or salsa or try adding a low fat cheese and shredded chicken.
- Top mashed potatoes with ratatouille or sauteed or stewed seasonal vegetables like zucchini or summer squash with onions.
- Add olive oil and garlic seasoned roasted potatoes to a green salad.
Potatoes are a very healthy vegetable to add to your diet. One medium sized potato contains only 110 calories and has nearly half of the daily value of Vitamin C. It has more potassium than a banana plus it has fiber and antioxidants as well. Potatoes are naturally fat free, sodium free, and cholesterol free. Plus, they are gluten free which is always a good thing in our home.
To help your potatoes last as long as possible, store them at a temperature between 45F and 55F. Storing them in the refrigerator can cause them to be discolored when cooked. We store ours in our back hallway which is on the cold side since the heat doesn’t reach that part of the house well.
One of the best ways to prepare potatoes for a healthy diet is this delicious Lightened Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup. There are only 159 calories in a cup!
I hope you will join me for a live chat on the US Potato Board’s Potatoes, Taters & Spuds Facebook page (details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/107161616123368/) on January 16th at 5pm PST/8pm EST with Registered Dietitian & Author Tara Gidus to learn more. In the chat you’ll be able to ask Tara questions and learn more about potatoes and how to include them in a healthy diet.
One of my readers will win a prize package containing: