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Yes, you read that correctly…Potato smoothies are the way to go pre-exercise! This may sound unusual, especially since potatoes are often thought of as a savory dish. But, hear us out. Potatoes are the perfect food to fuel us for any exercise, and this is why:
* Potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium, and energy you need to perform at your best.
A medium potato with the skin provides just 110 calories, no fat, no sodium and no cholesterol, 30 percent of your daily value of vitamin C and more potassium than a medium banana.
* Potassium is an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function. A medium potato with the skin contains 620 milligrams of potassium: more than a medium-size banana!
*Carbohydrate is important for optimal mental and physical performance. A medium potato with the skin has 26 grams of quality carbohydrate.
With as much — if not more — of several essential vitamins and minerals found in spaghetti, brown rice or whole wheat bread, potatoes are a smart addition to your other favorite performance foods (compared on a per-serving basis).
Need more reason to try a potato before a workout? Blend them in with fruit and a good protein source and you’ve got yourself the perfect, sweet snack.
What qualifies as a pre-workout snack?
The meal is:
* Low in fat (10-20% of total calories per serving from fat)
* Low to moderate in protein (~10-20 grams) Have 1g-3g of carbohydrate per kg of body weight
(As an example for adults: A 150 lb. individual should consume at least 68 grams of carbohydrate, 1 hour prior to exercise.)
Of course, not only do we need to convince you, but had to convince our harshest critics.
On a day we trekked out to Fairyland, we gave these little fairies the smoothie. Not only did it taste just like strawberries and cream, but it also provided the essential vitamins, carbs, and protein they needed to fuel their fairy needs. One serving provided 50 mg of vitamin C! For your reference, the RDA for children ages 4 to 8 years is 25 mg/day, and the RDA for boys and girls ages 9 to 13 years is 45 mg/day.
These fairies are VERY picky and they could not detect the slightest hint of potato flavor. Yet, they benefited from all the high quality nutrition of the potato ingredient. It also filled them up so that they wouldn’t reach out for less healthy, salt-and sugar-laden concession treats.
This is the verdict:
The smoothies gave our fairies the energy to enjoy Fairyland to its full potential.
It also gave us moms the stamina to keep up with these high energy fairies as we walked and climbed our way through every nursery rhyme scene. We were so thrilled at how these smoothies tasted that we’ll be incorporating them into our pre-workout routines from now on. Our kids requested that we serve them prior to their after school sports practices as well. Success!
Don’t be afraid to try this recipe…you and your kids will be pleasantly surprised by just how sweet a potato smoothie can be!
Strawberries and Cream Potato Smoothie
Perfect drink to fuel you for your exercise, this smoothie is delicious and healthy!
- 1 Potato Red, 3 inch diameter
- 1 Cup Strawberries Frozen
- 1 Cup Soy milk, vanilla Calcium-fortified
- 1 Tb Honey
- 2 Tb Protein powder Vanilla, 20 gram pro, low sugar
Scrub potato well. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until soft. Discard the peel.
Place everything in a blender and blend thoroughly.
Serving size is 1 cup (8oz).
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1 Nutritional data is based on a 5.2 ounce skin-on potato.
2 Gelibter A, et al Satiety following intake of potatoes and other carbohydrate test meals. Ann Nutr Metab. 2013;62:37-43