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A Little About Potatoes...

Many people avoid potatoes due to thinking they are full of "bad" carbohydrates or that they will make them"fat"...


Counting and relying just on calories, doesn’t tell you anything about how much nutritional value is in that food or how much nutrition YOUR body needs.


What some people might not realise is all the wonderful nutritional benefits potatoes have to offer!


I LOVE potatoes.

When I had serious gut issues and couldn't eat any grains, potatoes never upset my tummy, they were always my friend! 😃


Potatoes are filled with fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other amazing plant compounds that only a potato can produce.

There are also many varieties, each holding different nutritional properties for your health.


By the way... I am also not talking about deep fried potatoes... 🙃

I am talking about a good old fashioned potato, in its whole-food form.

Usually steamed, roasted or in a brew is my favourite way to cook them.


I also rarely peel the skin, as the skin holds lots of the nutritional value and helps to keep the nutritional value of the fluffy inside potato goodness.



Other potato healing facts:

  • Potatoes are great to eat cold the next day (after cooking) as the resistant starch becomes a prebiotic. Meaning your gut microbes love cooked, cold potatoes as their food source!

  • Traditionally in some cultures, potato peel broths were used for muscle health.

  • Potato skins (along with honey) are a traditional remedy for burns in India. The use of the thin outer potato skin layer to protect burns while they are healing has been experimented in burn centres in India with success.

  • Potatoes are still alive when you buy them!



Jalapeno and Potato Soup:


This soup below uses coconut milk and potatoes for that extra comforting, grounding and warming feeling.

Beautiful, hot and creamy goodness with a little kick!


Ingredients

  • 3 medium potatoes, cubed

  • 1 white onion, chopped

  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers (remove the seeds if you don’t like it too spicy)

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk

  • ½ tablespoon cumin seeds

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Garnish

  • Fresh cilantro/corriander leaves

  • Pickled pepper slices

Method:

  1. Place the onion and garlic into the pot, saute.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil then simmer for at least 45 minutes.

  3. Once your potato is cooked you can blend with a hand blender for your desired consistency.

  4. Garnish and serve hot. Enjoy!


I hope you enjoy your potatoes even more now! 😊


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