Green Valley Spa (Utah)
The combination of foods we eat makes a big difference. The right carbohydrates, eaten in moderation, can actually boost metabolic rates. For the body to receive maximum benefits, carbohydrates need to be balanced with other nutritious foods, not eaten alone or paired with unhealthy condiments.
Potatoes have received a bad rap in recent years along with other carbohydrate rich foods. Truth is, they are a great example of a slow burning carbohydrate. Potatoes qualify as a nutrient dense food and are one of the most satiating foods available. Take a look at the nutrition one medium potato with skin provides:
Vitamin C - excellent source (45% of the DV).
Potassium - 720 milligrams (21% of the DV).
Fiber - 3 grams (12% of the DV).
Iron - 6% of the DV.
Only when the potatoes are smothered with butter, sour cream, or bacon bits do they become a detriment to our health. A scrumptious alternative way to enjoy potatoes is to cook them with healthy fats such as olive oil, and then season them with garlic or parsley.
When paired with fresh produce, slow burning foods like whole wheat pasta not only provide a good fuel balance they can also keep mealtimes interesting and exciting. By taking advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables, healthy choices can seem even more special.