That is the question-YES is the answer! Beauty-wise, potatoes aren't exactly the Belles of the Ball, but they're crammed with nutrients. Here's a quick primer on what they have to offer, followed by three amazing recipes to celebrate scrumptious spuds!
All spuds are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates - your body's main energy source. Plus, potatoes contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol.
Vitamins and Minerals
One medium, skin-on potato (about 5 ounces) dishes up more potassium than a banana (620 mg versus 358 mg) and provides 45% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C. All for just 110 calories.
Potatoes are rich in carotenoids, colorful plant pigments that enhance your immune response and help prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer, and anthocyanins, flavonoid compounds that may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and cancer.
Skin on or Off?
Despite what our mothers told us, only about 20% of the potato's nutrition is found in the skin. Yes, the exterior is a great source of fiber, but most of the vitamins and minerals are found in the flesh. Do your body right and eat the whole 'tater.
The following recipes will help you take advantage of this nutritional bounty!
This colorful potato hash contains Applewood smoked bacon, giving it an amazingly savory flavor perfect for a side or a meal all it's own.
A golden sweet potato topping adorns these hearty pot pies overflowing with flavorful vegetables. Jasmine rice adds body to the filling without weighing it down!
Drizzled with truffle oil, these flavorful and perfectly crisp potato rounds are an excellent accompaniment to any meal.
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