One potato, two potatoes, …. in recent years, potatoes have gotten an undeserved reputation for being a food that is making us gain weight. Because we either deep-fry this vegetable or slather it with butter and cream and other artery clogging fats. That’s what makes us gain weight. Completely denaturing this nutritious vegetable from it original state.
Plain cooked or baked potatoes are an extraordinary nutritional package, low in fat and calories. Potatoes are loaded with more potassium than a banana (!). As a matter of fact, among all vegetables, potatoes rank highest in potassium. Potassium is a mineral that regulates our body fluids during times of hot weather or strenuous workouts, since you’re losing a lot of fluids through sweating. But you don’t have to be a runner or an athlete to become potassium deficient. If your daily food intake lacks potassium you become potassium deficient. If you nurse a baby you need a potassium rich diet. During times of high heat in the summer months when your body sweats a lot, you can become potassium deficient. Whenever you’re body fluids are compromised you can become potassium deficient. Potassium regulates all the fluids in our bodies. Therefore it helps to lower your blood pressure and can help in prevention of a stroke. Potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C, great source of fiber, iron and have an adequate amounts of magnesium. A plain cooked potato is one of the finest sources of starch, and depending on the type of soil, potatoes are a better supplier of energy and protein than almost any other food crop. When cooked, the starch in potatoes becomes easy to digest. Potatoes even contain the amino acid Tryptophan, which has a calming effect for any tangled nerves, and can help you sleep better.
During my runs here in the high heat in Florida, I was constantly facing electrolyte deficiencies. When you train in heat all the time this can easily happen. Drinking plain water just alone does not cut it. You need to make sure the electrolytes in your bloodstream are in the right balance. Electrolyte drinks do help but I was constantly on the lookout to optimize my results with potassium rich foods in order to counteract muscle cramps, light headedness or general muscle weakness.
One of the foods that helped me the most was a plain cooked salted potato. I have to admit, in recent years I became just as potato-phobic as everyone else in fear of gaining weight. When actually the opposite is true. Plain cooked potatoes are very low in calories. This Potato Summer Salad with Radishes is so easy to make and so undeniably good for you. Loaded with Vitamin C and numerous other important vitamins and minerals. Parsley gives this salad a light and bright flavor. Parsley and Apple Cider Vinegar both have detoxifying benefits. Another positive side-effect.
This Potato Summer Salad with Radishes is great for active people and makes a great low-fat salad for any Summer Barbecue.
Here is what you need for the Potato Summer Salad with Radishes:
4 plain cooked Potatoes, cut into cubes, (Red or Yukon)
5 Radishes, any color (red and purple are my favorite), thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons minced fresh Parsley
6 black Olives, sliced
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 tablespoon Apple Cider (even fresh Lemon Juice works great)
optional : Garlic Powder
1) put all ingredients in a bowl
2) make Vinaigrette Dressing: shake all ingredients for the vinaigrette in a tight-lidded container or whisk together in a small bowl.
3) Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss and serve.
Note: You don’t have to peel your potatoes for this salad. You can certainly leave the peel on, which adds additional fiber!