Grounding, filling, earthy, comforting… these are some words that come to mind when I think about potatoes. In my opinion, these’s no better snack or (really) lazy dinner than some baked potato slices.
Like most others, I had been raised thinking that potatoes were fattening, empty calories. However, when I began practicing intuitive eating a few years ago, I started to sense that they weren’t as bad as they had been made out to be. It turns out that potatoes are actually healthy for us. They contain high levels of fiber and are packed with nutrients.
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, which both have lots of saturated fat and cholesterol.
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.
One thing to be aware of though 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 do my best to eat organic ones.
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.
- Herbs de Provence
- 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