Since no meal is complete without a handful of alkalinizing greens for me, I decided to make these adorable spuds into a supercharged spinach and potato salad. It’s bright, refreshing and not at all reminiscent of heavy winter potato dishes or the stodgy, ubiquitous, summer potluck salad. After all, Spring Equinox is tomorrow!
The health benefits of potatoes have been known for quite some time. They’ve served as an inexpensive and valuable source of nutrition for eons. Potatoes contain potassium, vitamin B6, fibre, vitamin C and a variety of other health-promoting nutrients. They're also a great source of complex carbohydrates, giving you the energy you need to power through your day.
Spuds in Sports Nutrition
The boring spud has been revamped as the chic new vegetable to enhance sports performance. Most recently, potatoes are being used in vegan protein powders, with potato protein isolate. Potato protein isolate is rich in amino acids (the building blocks of protein), including an impressive amount of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) for enhanced muscle recovery and building. Potato protein isolate is also highly bioavailable, low-allergen and unlikely to cause digestive distress.
These features, coupled with the potato’s rich vitamin B6 content (a vitamin necessary for the breakdown of glycogen (which is sugar, stored in muscle cells and the liver)), make potatoes a natural way to boost athletic performance and increase endurance.
Potatoes needn’t be boring or bland. If you’re looking for a lighter take on potato salad, give this dreamy green goddess side a try. The dressing is packed with good-for-you ingredients, like vitamin C-rich parsley, heart-healthy flaxseed oil, alkalinizing lemon, mineral-rich maple syrup and iron-packed pumpkin seeds. It’s creamy, rich and mayonnaise-free. I made mine in the Blendtec, but a mini food processor will work wonderfully as well.