Whether you’re a serious athlete or just getting into fitness, you’ve probably wondered what the best foods are to fuel your workouts. Behold, potatoes!
There are plenty of popular foods known for being great pre or post workout fuel. Greek yogurt, whole grains, and almond butter just to name a few. But there’s one vegetable out there that might not yet be top of mind for your food-for-fitness rotation – potatoes!
Potatoes often get a bad rap in the health and fitness world and, sadly, don’t always get the credit they deserve. One big reason is their association with indulgent toppings. However, potatoes actually provide a handful of essential nutrients and key workout fuel. In fact, potatoes are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable! #TheMoreYouKnow
Firstly, let’s identify exactly what type of potatoes we’re talking about. There are seven white (versus sweet) potato types to choose from to help you perform your best:
- Red potatoes
- Yellow potatoes
- White potatoes
- Purple potatoes
Ready for potatoes to fuel your workouts?
Here are some quick facts to back it up.
- an excellent source of vitamin C
- a good source of potassium (more than a banana!)
- A good source of vitamin B6
- Fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free
- Only 110 calories per serving (did that surprise you? Me, too.)
Do I have your attention now? Good. Learn more about potatoes and all their fit-friendly goodness at potatogoodness.com!
Personally, I enjoy potatoes most days of the week. I’m also an avid gym-goer always in need of foods that will give me the energy I need to bust through my workouts. With the help of potatoes, I never feel bogged down or sluggish. I’m energized and focused on working hard.
That’s why I’m excited to share one of my favorite potato recipes with you – oven-baked curly fries! Whether as a side dish or afternoon snack split with a friend, this non-fat and energy-packed snack will fuel you for the rest of the day.