Let me tell you a secret…I know someone who ate 30 pounds of potatoes in three months, and at the same time, lost 30 pounds. Sounds hard to believe, but it is absolutely true. I witnessed it myself. The 30 pounds of potatoes were in addition to eating the normal amounts of other (high protein/high fiber) power foods each day. Plus, there was virtually no exercise during that same three month period.
So this means, for anyone who is hesitating to begin their new diet, adding potatoes will be a good way to help you get started because they contain the good carbs; not the bad ones. Potatoes will help stop your cravings for all the bad carbs you may be used to overeating, like white flour breads, cookies and pastas.
Go ahead and eat potatoes! Enjoy them and keep in mind, potatoes are a powerful way to keep you quickly moving toward your weight loss goal. The stories you have heard about how “potatoes are fattening”, “you can’t lose weight if you eat potatoes”, blah, blah, blah! are not true! Yes, you can add potatoes to your diet! And I am going to tell you how to do so.
Now I am not telling you to eat a pound of potatoes everyday loaded with sour cream, bacon, and butter. But I am telling you that there are many ways to enjoy potatoes, get tremendous benefits from them, feel full faster and longer, and not pack on the pounds from eating them.
So here is some information about potatoes you may not already know that will get you excited to see how you can lose weight by eating potatoes too!
Potatoes are moderate in calories, and very filling. Because they are high in fiber, they slow down digestion which helps you feel full longer, helps to lower your cholesterol and helps to prevent constipation. Potatoes are also low in sodium and nearly fat free.
Some other huge nutritional benefits from eating potatoes are… they are a very good source of potassium, protein, iron, and contain many vitamins.
Because this wonderful vegetable is available in grocery stores year round, it is easy to always have them in your kitchen. Potatoes are low cost and easy to prepare. The best way to store them is in a cool, dark, dry place. If stored properly, they should stay fresh for about two months.
Now, I want to mention that the skin on the potato contains many nutrients, including extra fiber, so it is best to eat the skin also. Just make sure you clean them with cold water before you cook them.
Ok, now lets move on to the preparation! I’m getting hungry and I will definitely be eating some potatoes this evening.
First of all, forget the french fries from the fast food places. They practically kill the potato with the over cooked trans fat oil they use. If you want french fries, prepare them this way…slice a potato or two into strips and place on a baking sheet. Spray very lightly with olive oil and bake; turning once, until lightly browned. For extra flavor, sprinkle some spices on top.
Baked potatoes are an excellent way to get the amazing nutrition benefits and feel full at the same time. But wait, don’t top these healthy potatoes with the bad stuff! Try adding some low fat cottage cheese instead. Try adding broccoli, not only will this add color and variety, but it will taste fantastic!
Grilled on a non stick pan is another great way to prepare. Add a small amount of olive oil spray after they are cooked. Try grilling some carrots, bell peppers, onions and potatoes for a great side dish to any meal.
Try different ways of adding potatoes to your diet, just don’t overload them with the cheese, cream and butter like you may have in the past. Lastly, diced potatoes are a great replacement for noodles in your favorite soups.
I’m sure you can come up with some great idea’s and will have fun at the same time when you now look forward to adding potatoes and other power foods to your diet!
The Power Blast!
Calories: one large potato 278 calories
Protein: 7 g
Fiber: 7 g
Sugars: 4 g
Vitamin C: 28.7 mg
Calcium: 44.8 mg
Potassium: 1600 mg
Sodium: 30 mg
Saturated Fat: 0