Potatoes used to scare me. I literally thought I would get fat if I ate too many “starchy” foods, which included potatoes. I admit, I once had carb-phobia and I steered clear of these root vegetables as if they would give me the plague. It wasn’t until I learned how truly healthy, organic potatoes (yes, must be organic) are that I finally made peace with them. In fact, it is not actually the potatoes that are unhealthy…it is the pesticides we spray on them, the oils we fry them in and the toppings we put on potatoes that make them horrible for our body. Get rid of the conventional cheesy sauces, the hydrogenated oils, the conventional dairy that we mash into them…and well, what you have left is a beautiful specimen of nature that is perfect for our body (a.k.a real food). In this post, we’ll discover the health benefits of potatoes and I will share a delicious “Hold the Mayo” potato salad recipe that is oh, so delicious!
According to the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, 35 different pesticides have been found on conventional potatoes.
Bringin’ the Potato Back
One of my favorite picnic/BBQ dishes, which I never allowed myself to enjoy–due to carb shaming–is potato salad. But, I’m bringing the glorious potato back! And, since Memorial Day and BBQ season are just around the corner, I thought I would share this mouth watering recipe for healthy potato salad, which is perfect for meal prepping, picnics or 4th of July celebrations. I’ll give you a hint as to what the secret ingredient is to this classic recipe with a healthy twist…it’s green, buttery in texture and it’s a fruit! Yes, a fruit! Before we get to the recipe though, let’s get a quick run down on why potatoes are so healthy for us and why we should incorporate them into our diets for supreme, optimal health.
Health Benefits of Potatoes
According to the book, “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods,” by Michael Murray, N.D. and “Life Changing Foods,” by Anthony William (Medical Medium) potatoes…
- Stabilize Blood Sugar
- High Concentration of Vitamins & Minerals
- Good Source of Amino Acids, especially l-lysine
- Help Fight Chronic Illness, including Cancer
- Antiviral, Antifungal, Antibacterial
- High in Potassium + B6
- High in Fiber (great for digestion)
*Note: most of the desired nutrients of potatoes are found in the skin.
Because potatoes are full of fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals, it is only right we celebrate this vegetable and whip up delicious, comforting recipes featuring this yummy food; recipes that will nourish and balance our bodies and support our digestive system. In fact, potatoes are actually low in calories if prepared properly, so set aside your potato fears and get ready for this delicious recipe.
“Hold the Mayo” Potato Salad Recipe
Time: 15 minutes, Serves: 3-4
- 2 lbs steamed small organic potatoes (red or gold), rinsed
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt (for boiling)
- 1-2 tbs. organic stone ground mustard (to your preference)
- 1 large avocado mashed
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 3 tbs. fresh chives, chopped + 1 tbs. chives for garnish
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt for garnish
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 heaping teaspoons of Soy-Free Vegenaise
- 2 tsp dried Italian herbs (optional)
- In a large pot, boil potatoes + salt for 10 minutes or until tender.
- In a large bowl, mash the avocado, stir in the mustard, Vegenaise, lemon juice, chives, sea salt and pepper. Taste for preference. (Add more lemon juice if it is too thick or Veganaise if you prefer it creamier).
- Drain, rinse and cool your potatoes. Cut into quarters.
- Add potatoes into your avocado mixture and mix until coated.
- Chill before serving if desired. I however like to eat this dish slightly warm.
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Murray, Michael, N.D. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York: Atria Books, 2005
William, A. (2016). “Medical Medium: Life Changing Foods.” Hay House, Inc., Carlsbad, CA