Potatoes are NOT the diet enemy. Especially when you’re broke, like me. Potatoes are our friends. One medium-sized potato holds around 160 calories and includes 28% of your daily vitamin C, 27% of your daily vitamin B6 and 26% of your daily Potassium. That’s more than the celebrated banana.
You can get your bikini body and enjoy potatoes at the same time!
Get the nutritional skinny on the lovely potato here: Potato Nutritional Analysis
Now that we’ve put aside some of your potato fears, you may be wondering, “Well just how am I supposed to eat the potato?” Obviously french fries are not your best choice. Duh. But if you’re like me – a regular human being who craves french fries – go out and buy a big brand of the store-brand frozen french fries and throw those puppies in the oven. Stick to the recommended portion size (15 fries) and you can have your fries for about 120 calories.
Mash potatoes are king in our house. My children and handsome husband just love when I whip up a nice big bowl of fluffy, whipped potatoes. I love mashed potatoes, too… but they don’t do much for my figure. When I’m serving mashed potatoes I’ll usually set one medium-sized potatoe aside for myself and steam it in the microwave. It’s my lazy way of having a baked potato.
To steam your potato you’ll need:
- A potato (crazy how that works, right?)
- A sandwich baggie
- Two paper towels
First, scrub that spud. You don’t want to bite into a dirt-coated potato, it can ruin your taste for potatoes for life. Give it a nice scrub and then CAREFULLY poke several holes into the potato using a knife or fork. Carefully means not talking to your kids about picking up their shoes while you’re stabbing a potato. The potato is wet, you’re stabbing away and getting a little annoyed with your children… your odds for stabbing yourself are doubling every second.
After you’ve CAREFULLY poked several holes in your potato, wrap the potato in two paper towels and soak it under the water faucet. Now place the soaked spud into the sandwich baggie and add a little more water, a few tablespoons. Now zip it up and place it into the microwave. Cook for about five minutes.
Please note, this potato will be hotter than any substance known to man. Be extremely careful when removing the potato from the microwave. In fact, give it a minute or two to cool down before you reach in there. Carefully remove the sandwich baggie and paper towels, set the potato on your plate and slice in half. Give it a nice sprinkle of salt and pepper. From here you can add margarine and sour cream and all that jazz… but keep in mind we’re trying to cut calories here. I like mine with a tablespoon of margarine (60 calories).
When I started this blog in 2010, I had three children and a few pounds to lose.
Then I had THREE MORE CHILDREN. And I still have a few pounds to lose. It’s funny how life throws curve-balls at our curves.
I’d love for you to visit us at www.coersfamily.com to see how we’re managing our six children and our goals for a healthier lifestyle.