Grounding, filling, earthy, comforting… these are some words that come to mind when I think about potatoes. In my opinion, these’s no better yummy snack or (really) lazy dinner than some baked potato slices.
Contrary to mainstream society’s beliefs about them, potatoes are actually incredibly healthy for us. They contain high levels of fiber and are packed with nutrients. Like most others, I had been raised thinking that potatoes were bad for me. However, when I began practicing intuitive eating a few years ago, I started to sense that they were in fact healthy. While our culture continued to bash them, I began eating as many potatoes as I wanted, even good quality potato chips, such as Good Health‘s from time to time.
It turns out that potatoes have been unfairly maligned over the years. This is due in large part to the carbophobia instilled in our society by the Atkins Diet circa 2000, from which we still haven’t fully recovered. But the main reason that potatoes get a bad rap is that they are usually prepared with dairy products and served with meat-heavy meals such as cheeseburgers. As a result, we’ve managed to conflate a perfectly healthy vegetable with the effects of eating fattening and artery-clogging meat and dairy products.
Some of the beneficial nutrients contained in potatoes include potassium, folate, the anti-inflammatory flavanoid Quercetin, iron and phosphorous, and vitamin C. Potatoes are also especially rich vitamin B-6, which is important for mood and hormone regulation, immune system support, and heart health.
So don’t feel guilty the next time you indulge in some potatoes!
The one thing to be aware of is that potatoes are on the “dirty dozen” list, which is comprised of the fruits and vegetables that are the most heavily sprayed with pesticides. I will admit to eating my fair share of non-organic potatoes, but I definitely prefer organic ones. This could just be in my imagination, but sometimes I feel like I can taste the difference between organic and non-organic. Regardless, we should all do our best to buy organic whenever possible because of the health risks associated with GMO foods, herbicides, and pesticides.
Toppings, and dippings
Most of the time, I sprinkle my potato rounds with Herbamare (herb-infused sea salt) and dip them in some vegan mayo. But there are an infinite number of ways you can enjoy them. Here are just a few ideas:
If you want to jazz the potato rounds up a bit, sprinkle one or more of these herbs on before you put them in the oven.
- All-purpose seasoning
- Cumin powder
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Nutritional yeast, for a cheesy taste
- Vegan sour cream. I use So Delicious unsweetened coconut yogurt, which tastes just like sour cream
- Avocado slices
- Refried beans
- Hemp seeds