I woke up late today, not a morning person, and had to skip heating up my lunch to get to work on time. I was able to stop at Wendy’s and was really hungry so I ordered a side salad and 2 baked potatoes, hold the margarine and sour cream. They only had one potato left so I got the last one and instead of the 2nd potato had 2 side salads and apple slices. I was filled up just fine. I’m hoping they only had one potato because more people are ordering them, but it isn’t too likely.
“Americans just don’t eat as many fruits and vegetables as we should. And when we do, they’re mainly potatoes and tomatoes — in the not-so-nutritious forms of french fries and pizza, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/21/311895781/the-vegetables-most-americans-eat-are-drowning-in-salt-and-fat).
We love our french fries and chips in this country and according to a the recent NPR article “The vegetables most Americans eat are drowning in salt and fat”, “…potatoes are great on their own — they’re a good source of potassium. But most Americans eat them with a hefty side of fat and sodium. According to the USDA’s handy chart, at home, most people get their potato fix in the form of chips. And when eating out, about 60 percent of the potatoes we consume are fried. Baked potatoes are also popular, but most people don’t eat the skin — a great source of fiber that fills you up.”
So, eat your potatoes, but load them up with veggies, salsa, or even some tofu sour cream, eat the skin and skip the sour cream, butter, and french fries. Here’s a great easy recipe from plant based blogger Potato Strong for crispy baked fries if you’re craving an old comfort food and are in need of a fix: http://potatostrong.com/crispy-fat-potato-fries/. He also has a great recipe for potato chips with no added fat.
Here’s a short video by Dr. McDougall, “In Defense of the Potato”
Eat more potaotes!
Breakfast- Oats with blueberries, raisins, and a banana with grape nuts and almond milk
Lunch- 2 Wendy’s side salads, baked potato and apple slices
Snack- baked corn tortilla chips with chipotle seasoning and Edie’s salsa
Supper- Tossed salad with 3-2-1 dressing, leftover Thai carrot soup with jasmine rice
Dessert- Watermelon and blueberries and a Wasa cracker with peanut butter