We really like the fact that potatoes of all kinds are celebrated in February AKA #NationalPotatoLoversMonth because we think these “stem vegetables” deserve some love. During recent years, there’s been a lot of online and printed commentary maligning potatoes, and any other starchy side, like rice and pasta. But hey, we think that when a starch is also a vegetable – think corn, peas, parsnips, potatoes (including yams and sweet potatoes), pumpkin, squash, and zucchini – there’s much benefit to serving them to family because of all the nutrients and vitamins they provide.
We’re guessing our statement about nutrients and vitamins prompted some mental question marks – nutrients and vitamins? Potatoes? Even white ones vs. orange-y sweet ones? That’s right. While some potato varieties may not lead you to believe so, because of lacking the bright colors that we often associate with foods offering big health benefits, when included regularly in your diet, potatoes support:
- Improved digestion, sleep, and eye health
- Reduced cholesterol
- Better heart health and circulation; and lower blood pressure
- Cancer prevention and a stronger immune system, in general
- Reduced signs of aging/skin protection
- And, when you eat the skins, you’ll get much-needed calcium, iron, phosphorus, and vitamin C; with sweet potatoes, you’ll get all the health benefits of beta carotene too!
And, if you’re concerned about the weight gain that too much white-potato consumption may cause, rotate these with sweet potatoes and yams, and serve smaller portions of white potatoes.
We know you need to mix lunch and dinner up a bit to keep your family happy, but given the above, we’re suggesting that, on most days, if you serve your family a starch with the meals you prepare, you make it a nutrient-rich potato one vs. one that has little nutritional value like white rice (vs. brown rice) or white pasta (vs. whole-grain pasta.)
We’ve got lots of seasoning mixes and glazes to enhance the flavor of any type of potato you serve:
- Yams/Sweet Potatoes – our sweet potato and yam glaze will win you rave reviews
- White or Red Bliss Potatoes – we’ve got your roasted, baked, or mashed potatoes covered with our roasted potato, bacon & chive roasted potato, potato topping, and our garlic & herb mashed potato seasoning mixes
- Blue Potatoes – use our hollandaise sauce mix to top these or a white potato served Hasselback- styled (shown below.)
Get Inspired With Our Many Potato Recipes
Check out our recipes for roasted garlic & herb mashed potatoes, apple cranberry sweet potato bake, bacon chive roasted potatoes, glazed sweet potatoes, and easy roasted potatoes. Need more spectacular spuds inspiration? Check out our “Potato Power” Pinterest board, or Wisconsin Potato Board’s site. Throughout February, we’ll be touting the many virtues of potatoes using #potatopower #spectacularspuds #potatoperks and #patrioticpotatoes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We want to hear and see how you perk up your potatoes, so please do share!