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July 25, 2018

There's More to Potatoes than Carbs!

US Potato: The Super Food for Athletes

I sometimes think that athletes have superpowers. Have you ever wondered how they stay energetic for their exercise routines? More than building muscle and healthy bones, it is important to fuel the body with carbohydrates.  

 Carbohydrates give us energy for us to perform and carry out our daily activities. For athletes and fitness enthusiasts, it is important to stay energized for non-stop fitness routines.



However, when we think of "carb-loading", thoughts like pasta, bread and rice always come to mind. Before you ask for additional serving of "carbs", it is important to take only high-quality, high-carbohydrate whole food, a true superfood. Yes, not all carbs are created equal. Always say Yes for US Potatoes because they contribute more nutrition to the body and are more filling. Some people even find them easier to digest. US Potatoes are much more flexible to cook, too. You can mix them with your favorite dish, bake them or fry them. There are many ways to enjoy US Potatoes and they are locally available.  


People always wonder where I put all the food and "carbs" that I am consuming. Maybe, I am lucky to have such a slim physique but I also try to make sure that I do something that my future self would thank me for.  💪 I try to make healthier choices especially after I attended a series of organic farm tours in the Philippines

I am lucky that I have my mom who prepares food for us and makes sure that she serves us a balanced meal every single day. We usually have meat dishes but she tries to incorporate vegetables (potato being the staple and default vegetable ingredient) as well.


I grew up eating potatoes and enjoyed how my mom always incorporated them into her home-cooked meals - especially her usual go-to Filipino dishes like Mechado, Afritada, Menudo and Caldereta. On lazier days, she would cook Picadillo (simple recipe but both my brother and I love!). There are mornings when she would prepare omelette with (you guess!) - potatoes!

Potatoes have high level of carbohydrates that provide physical energy and also help with proper brain functioning. This is especially essential for the kind of work that I do - a good dose of creativity and a shot of critical thinking.

Potatoes also give me energy when attending spinning classes. Spinning tests one's endurance and speed but also strength. Spinning instructors add dance routines and weight lifting while you are continuously spinning. Aside from having a strong core and leg muscles, it is also important to have the energy to keep up with the pace and "finish the trail".

I follow a daily exercise routine and go for something extreme once in a while. You wouldn't believe that at night, I still do exercise in bed before going to sleep (something that is good for my legs). 



Power Up Your Athletic Performance with US Potatoes

Curious how US Potatoes can help your athletic performance? Here are some numbers I just discovered:

🥔 26 grams of carbohydrate: Count on the quality carbs in potatoes for optimal mental and physical performance.Potatoes contain as much if not more of several essential vitamins and minerals than spaghetti, brown rice or whole wheat bread (compared on a per-serving basis).

🥔 620 Milligrams of Potassium: With more potassium than a medium-size banana, potatoes are perfect for aiding muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function during long endurance events.

🥔 110 Calories for Energy: Easily digestible and more energy dense than any other popular vegetable, potatoes are a good choice to fuel the demands of racing a triathlon.

You get all these nutrients as well as fiber, protein, vitamins C and E, calcium, iron and magnesium, in a compact and tasty package. 

There's More to Potatoes than Carbs!
You need a lot of energy if you want to do spinning 🚴‍♀️

Although I am not aiming to join any body-building or resistance-training competition, my aim is to always stay healthy and strong to do new adventures everyday. I first felt the need to stay strong during our hike in the Great Wall of China in 2011. 

There's More to Potatoes than Carbs!
This is in 2015 with Jasmin and Lizza 

Even if we are not certified athletes, having the energy and resistance we need are important to enjoy every day adventure.

There's More to Potatoes than Carbs!
Surviving Masungi Georeserve

There's More to Potatoes than Carbs!
Surviving Lobo Cave in Samar


US Potatoes Recipe for Pre-Work Out 

What I love about US Potatoes is that it is so versatile. You can add it on a dish, cook it as is, or make it like your favorite fries or mojos (ahh, my favorite!).  🍟 

Here is a recipe that is perfect as a pre-workout meal

There's More to Potatoes than Carbs! Potato Recipe for PreWork Out


BUFFALO CHICKEN POTATO NACHOS
Ready Time: 25min
Prep Time: 10min
Serves: 2 (3 nachos per serving)

1 large Russet potato
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
1 medium chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 Tablespoon buffalo sauce
1 stalk celery, diced
2 Tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
Dried parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 425°F
Slice potato lengthwise into ¼” slices
Place potato slices in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat
Place on baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes or until the tops start to brown
While potatoes are roasting, shred chicken and toss with buffalo sauce
Chop celery
When potatoes are done, remove from baking sheet and top with chicken, celery and blue cheese
Garnish with dried parsley. 

Check out more potato recipes here. 

US Potato Variants 

Thanks to organizations like Potatoes USA-Philippines, a wide variety of these gluten-free, cholesterol-free, sodium-free US potatoes are now readily available. Dehydrated and frozen potatoes (wedges, straight cut, shreds, hash browns, crinkle cut, waffle fries, basket weave, sidewinder, skinny fries, etc.) can be sourced in supermarkets. Table-stock potatoes like russets, reds, yellows, whites, purples, fingerlings, and petites will be available soon. 

US Potato: The Super Food for Athletes


US Potatoes Powered Up Zumba Event

Last July 8, Potatoes USA supported Twiinzified Neon Z-Tribe  a two-hour Zumba
program Skydome in SM North EDSA.  It featured over 30 of the country’s top Zumba instructors. The venue was filled with neon and tribalfitness fashions with black lights decor for a glow-in-the-dark party. 

Hundreds of Zumba enthusiasts sampled US potato dishes and learned more on how
this superfood can rev up your health and fitness goals with the right diet.


For more information on US potatoes, and how it can optimize mental and physical
performance, visit https://www.potatogoodness.com or follow Potatoes USA-Philippines