I’m homeschooling my 4th grader this year but Zee still insists on having a “recess” in between studying. He said his tummy got used to eating at a certain hour in the morning (that’s aside from breakfast, lol), thus a sort of “school baon” is required. He’s just at home, no canteen to buy his snacks and I definitely don’t want him to buy “chichiria” in the nearby sari-sari store. I now have another challenge at hand. Since it’s just a snack, I thought of something easier to make last week yet healthy, also one which he loves to eat and never grows tired of eating – US Potatoes!
Of course, it doesn’t have to be potatoes every day, but would you believe he’s gone crazy with it and asked for it every day last week! Good thing SM Hypermarket is just a few blocks from our home, so hubby can buy quickly in case I ran out of stocks.
The first day I served him US Potatoes, he’s like – “Oh! I love you, mom. Thank you for serving me the best food ever! Can I have potatoes again tomorrow, please?”. Same convo in the next few days, hahahaha
Okay, enough of my chit-chatting, so here are just 2 of the different ways I served him his recess snacks.
Clubhouse Sandwich with Straight-Cut US Potatoes and Salad
No special cooking for the fries just used olive oil instead of the regular cooking oil, added a dash of iodized salt and pepper. The dip was just your regular ketchup, so this meal was easy-peasy.
Oh, how Zee loves this particular cut and he finished the whole plate! Cooked again using olive oil, sprinkled with a mix of cheese and barbecue powder and garnished with parsley. The dip was just Kewpie Japanese mayo.
US Potatoes Basket Weave Chips
…… and he had 3 more days of fries. Though this week, I had to change the snacks, hahahaha
Though some people would sneer at me by giving my boy fries every day, well, they are not well-informed. All they know is that potatoes are carbs, unhealthy and will just make you fat and bloated. Well, not these US Potatoes!
Just sharing these well-known facts about US Potatoes. I’m sure after reading this post, you won’t be eating any other 🙂
US POTATO NUTRITION FACTS
A. General nutrition facts about US Potatoes
– Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of potassium (more than a banana), vitamin B6, and is naturally fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
– A medium sized potato only contains 110 calories.
– Potatoes also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Among these important health-promoting compounds are carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which exhibit activity against free radicals.
B. Important Nutrients in US Potatoes
Potatoes contain 45% vitamin C, which is more than one medium tomato (40%) or sweet potato (30%). Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as antioxidant stabilizing free radicals, thus helping prevent cellular damage. It aids in collagen production; assists with iron absorption, and helps heal wounds and keep your gums healthy. Vitamin C may help support the body’s immune system.
One medium potato with skin contributes 2 grams of the fiber of 8% of the daily value per serving.
Dietary fiber is a complex carbohydrate and is the part of the plant material that cannot be digested and absorbed into the bloodstream. Soluble fiber may help with weight loss as it makes you feel full longer, and research has shown it also may help lower blood cholesterol.
Potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6 with one medium potato providing 10% of the recommended daily value.
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays important roles in carbohydrate and protein metabolism. It helps the body make nonessential amino acids needed to make various body proteins; it is a cofactor for several co-enzymes involved in energy metabolism; and is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin – an essential component of red blood cells.
One medium potato provides 6% of the recommended daily value of iron.
One medium potato with skin provides 620 milligrams or 18% of the recommended daily value (DV) of potassium per serving and is considered one of the best foods with potassium. Potatoes rank highest for foods with potassium and are among the top 20 most frequently consumed raw vegetables and fruits.
Potassium is a mineral that is part of everybody cell. It helps regulate fluids and mineral balance in and out of cells and in doing so helps maintain normal blood pressure. Potassium is also vital for transmitting nerve impulses or signals, and in helping muscles contract.
Potassium is a powerful dietary factor that may help lower blood pressure.
Nutritional Benefits of US Potatoes to Child Growth
– Potatoes provide the Carbohydrate, Potassium & Energy a child needs to perform at his/her best.
– Eating potatoes regularly ensures a good supply of water and ions in the body. This is because they are rich in potassium.
– Proper functioning of the brain depends largely on the glucose level, oxygen supply, various components of the vitamin-B complex and certain hormones, amino acids and fatty acids like omega-3. Potatoes cater to almost all the needs mentioned above.
– Minerals in Potatoes such as phosphorous, iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc help with the maintenance of bone strength and structure.
– Potatoes are a naturally fat-free and sodium-free vegetable. They have nearly half the daily value of vitamin C and are a good source of fiber, folate, manganese, niacin, and phosphorus.
– Recent research shows potatoes do not displace other vegetables on the plate. In fact, when potatoes are served, a wider variety of vegetables are consumed. Potatoes are a true gateway vegetable and the only vegetable easily incorporated into kids’ breakfast. Offering potatoes during breakfast gives schools the opportunity to increase consumption of a nutrient-dense vegetable.
So, there you go. Next time you stop your child from ordering fries at McDonald’s which serve only US Potatoes, think again. And it’s true you know, that when you put fries beside a vegie siding, you’d be amazed that your kid has already eaten it all!
If you need more convincing, go to Potatoes USA Philippines Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/ and browse their many tips and oh, recipes to various US Potato based dishes.
If you’re now craving for potatoes or fries, well, just go to any SM Supermarket, Rustans or Shopwise and grab your stash of various cuts!
About Potatoes USA
Potatoes USA is America’s potato marketing and research organization. Based in Denver, Colorado, Potatoes USA represents more than 2,500 potato growers and handlers across the country. Potatoes USA was established in 1971 by a group of potato growers to promote the benefits of eating potatoes. Today, as the largest vegetable commodity board, Potatoes USA is proud to be recognized as an innovator in the produce industry.