The Other Potato

by HEAB on August 28, 2011

First off, very exciting news to share: iHerb is now carrying Justin’s nut butters, and they cost much less online then they do at Whole Foods. Click here to order, and you can use the coupon code EME542 for $5 off your first order. For all of my readers outside the U.S., iHerb has great international shipping rates, and for US residents, shipping is free for orders over $40. I buy everything from millet to shampoo to protein powder from iHerb. Love that site, and it saves me so much money! Now, I will be purchasing my favorite chocolate almond butter from them as well. Many thanks to Erin for the heads up!

OK, now onto potatoes. Two years ago, I probably wouldn’t have eaten the following meal for two reasons.


Baked potato filled with 1/2 chicken breast & onions cooked in butter and topped with melted cheddar and salsa.

Reason #1: There is nothing green on the plate. For years, all of my lunches and dinners had to center around a green vegetable. Fast forward to today – I was perfectly content with the bite or two of green bell pepper in the salsa. Greens – check! 😉

Reason #2: I baked a white (gasp) potato. For years, I refused to eat white potatoes. Um, why? I’m sure it’s because I read white potatoes are high on the glycemic index and immediately turn to sugar as soon as they hit my bloodstream. Sweet potatoes? Never avoided them, but I considered the white potato my enemy right up until the HEABlet came along. When the 24/7 nausea hit during my first trimester of pregnancy, all my rules flew out the window. Some mornings, a white baked potato with sour cream was all I could eat, and they had never tasted so good! Are white potatoes high in carbs? Yep, but they’re also chock-full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals.  After reading Sugar Nation, I know that many of you have to keep your carb intake in check and watch for spikes in insulin, but for those of you with healthy metabolisms and stable blood sugar levels, the white potato is nothing to fear in my opinion. After all, it’s a real food, an inexpensive source of energy, and people have been eating potatoes for a long, long, LONG time. Also, keep in mind you can pair a potato with some fat (like butter or sour cream) to help slow down the absorption of glucose into the blood stream.

So, here’s to making up for years of no white potatoes…


Frambled eggs with cheese and salsa atop a baked potato – Mmmm. So good!

What’s your favorite tater recipe?