Thursday, March 24, 2011

Potato, Patato

So I am beyond sure that there has been a time or two that someone has told you to eat a sweet potato instead of a white/russet potato...am I right?
Potato, Patato? The Sweet versus the Russet.

This could seem pretty bais because I LOVE sweet potatoes but I will try not to take sides. Just know I could eat sweet potatoes everyday. I could eat them any way...mmm.

So to clear up your potato confusion...
Sweet Potato (with the skin): loads of vitamin A, C, B6, dietary fiber, iron and potassium among other nutrients. The only problem with writing about the benefits from sweet potatoes is the fact that it could take 10 minutes, this whole blog post and be too much to read; in that case, I'll touch on the basics! The sweet potato can definitely boast about it's antioxidant qualities, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients. Mash 'em, bake 'em, puree 'em, chip 'em, roast 'em or stick 'em into another dish! 1 cup has roughly 95 calories.

Russet/White Potato (with the skin): Well it obviously doesn't have the beta-carotene hue that it's friend has...it does have some great nutrients (Vitamins C and B6, potassium and dietary fiber). The good, old comfort food shouldn't always get the snuff, it is a good low fat, cholesterol free starch that can make a great accompaniment in a dish. Just know most of the nutrients are always found in the skin; Fresh potato skin as well as flesh are good source of antioxidant vitamin; vitamin C. When consuming vitamin C in the diet daily, it may help the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.  I cup has roughly 132 calories.

Tonight I had my favorite of the two...
 
Sweet Potato Chips
Preheat oven to 450*. Chop into chips. Line the soliders on a baking sheet. Spray them with nonstick spray (sans the calories/fat). Bake for about 20 minutes- watch 'em good. Remove and enjoy!


2 comments:

  1. I love baked sweet potato chips! A sprinkle and a little bit of salt brings out the flavor even more!

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  2. Love everything sweet potato but these look especially terrific!

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