New Year’s Resolution: Eat More Potatoes

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It’s that time again, the New Year is here! Now is the time to set goals and expectations we want to reach in 2014. For most people the number one goal is to lose weight. However, we know that losing weight isn’t as important as being healthy. So this year instead of focusing on the pounds, focus on being healthy. That could include; eating fewer sweets, working out a little longer or more frequently, eating less processed and more fresh foods, or maybe drinking more water than soda . The options are endless on what you can do to become a healthier you.

How to become a healthier you:

Start small. Don’t get consumed in thinking that you have to change this and that and that and this to become healthy. Take a moment and think about your daily routine and one area that could use improvement. If you go out to lunch most of the time, which means you are eating a lot more processed, high fat, sugar and salty foods, a good goal could be bringing your lunch to work 2 – 3 times per week for a month. This is a realistic goal that you could easily do that will make a big difference to your health. Once the month is over you can increase how often you bring your lunch or set another goal.

Don’t cut out foods that are known as being “bad”, because they could actually be good. On Womansday.com they shared great insight on this perception that “bad” is actually good. “Oftentimes, diet-obsessed people make the mistake of cutting out highly nutritious foods because they aren’t low-fat. But this isn’t necessarily the best strategy for overall health and weight loss. Not only do these higher-calorie foods have important nutritional benefits, but usually they’re more filling, leaving you satisfied for a longer period of time than lower-fat fare. From pork and red meat to pasta and cheese, find out which traditionally “unhealthy” foods will improve your health more than anything in a 100-calorie snack pack ever could.”  Eating healthy pasta, cheese, potatoes and meat will round out your diet and becomes more realistic.

Eat more potatoes. “Despite their bad reputation, potatoes are actually a health food.” According to American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Karen Ansel, RD, a 5-oz potato has more potassium than an average-size banana, and 20 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C. Plus, potatoes are loaded with complex carbohydrates and fiber, which help keep you full longer. “But this is all provided they’re not fried or slathered in butter and cheese,” she notes. Baked or boiled and mixed with lowfat toppings, potatoes are more than just suitable; they’re a smart diet choice.” (Womansday.com) As stated, potatoes have great sources of vitamins and will keep you fuller longer. Instead of eating a lot of small sugary snacks to get you through the day, try eating things such as potatoes that will keep you feeling fuller longer.

There are great sources that will give you delicious healthy recipes. Of course my favorite recipes will include potatoes! To find great healthy potato recipes go to www.klondikebrands.com/recipes also check out our January blog on healthy potato recipes.