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Potato: Superfood for School Kids + Potato Recipes that Kids Will Love

September 27, 2018
Potato: Superfood for School Kids + Potato Recipes that Kids Will Love 
I have to admit that I oftentimes wish I were still a kid.  It seems that life as a kid is so much easier and that time is usually spent learning practical things.
But for growing and learning kids, their responsibilities are bigger for their mental and physical capacity. I am surprised how my sister would share with me my niece’s homework that includes solving Algebraic expressions and coming up with a comic book (she is still in grade school). While one of my friends in Facebook posted about her daughter’s school project that requires her to record and edit a vlog (she is also in grade school)!

with my nieces and nephew when we were all younger
I love that the younger generation is being taught and encouraged to be creative, confident and dedicated; however, I couldn’t imagine how they can keep up with all the school activities. 
For moms and titas, like me, the challenge is to encourage the kids to eat nutritious and healthy food. I remember how my sisters would always use me as a role model for their kids to encourage them to try new food. 
Staying healthy doesn’t only mean staying away from sweets
My nieces sharing food 

“Look, Ate Ruth finished her plate” 

(yes, my nieces and nephews call me Ate and they see me as one of them – a kid!). 
Truly, growing and learning kids need to power up for their studies, sports and art activities. I love that moms are also stepping up their games when it comes to preparing delicious and healthy meals/snacks for their kids. Who loves  bento boxes? 
Photo from KidworldOrg
Parents must provide kids with tasty dishes made from that highly nutritious superfood, the potato.
 Potatoes are packed with vitamin C (boosts immunity), vitamin B6 (improves cognitive function) and potassium (important for healthy growth and building muscles). They are filled with “quality carbs” that help optimize mental and physical performance. Potatoes are also naturally fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free.
The best thing about potatoes is that you can cook and serve them in different ways: you can serve potato-based soups, salads, main dishes, and even sweet and savory desserts. You may even introduce international cuisine to your kids and incorporate potatoes in the recipes. 
Potato Recipes that Your Kids Will Love 
Here are some of the delicious recipes that you can prepare at home with your kids! These yummy recipes are packed with nutrition from potatoes and they look so yummy that you would no longer worry about kids not finishing their plates. 
Sausage Filled Potato Dumplings
I know how much kids loves sausages! This recipe would sure get them to ask for another serving!
Grilled Potato Kabobs with Lemon Herb Drizzle
Different textures, shapes and colors would make your kids really curious about this dish. 
Easy Southwest Potato Salad

The photo makes me so hungry! I am sure your kids would feel the same too!
Broccoli Cheddar Potato Puffs

Two powerful and nutritious food in one dish: brocolli and potatoes!
Chocolate Mashed Potato Truffles
Who doesn’t love chocolates? Kids and kids-at-heart would sure love this!
Check out this link for yummy, potato recipes!

Cooking Demo with Kids! 
Potatoes USA, an organization that has thankfully brought US frozen, US tablestock
and US dehydrated potatoes to the Philippines, offers a lot of options for potato meals. The organization recently visited the culinary club of The Raya School in Fairview, Quezon City to demonstrate the potato’s versatility. After a session on the potato’s benefits, and a preparation and cooking demo, the students were challenged to try their own potato dishes
at home.
Chef Kristine Lotilla conducted the workshop that was attended by middle school students of The Raya School. The students are members of the school’s Culinary Club.

Each student was given a mashed potato kit containing U.S. Dehydrated Potato Standard Flakes, milk, butter, and salt. 
I love that cooking demos give way for kids and adults to be creative at preparing potatoes at home.  Next time, we can do criss-cut fries the next time we cook our favorite, Kaldereta. A thick, warm potato soup would be nice too during rainy days (much, more healthier than the instant cup noodles!) 
We can also try baking, or roasting, or mixing potatoes with low-calorie ingredients and flavorings (this means, less oil and cholesterol!). Interestingly, keeping the skin on gives us more nutrients when cooking potatoes.
Chef Kristine and the students prepared two recipes: Broccoli Cheddar Potato Puffs and Chocolate Mashed Potato Truffles.
You can check out the links to the recipes above. 
Getting the kids involved in preparing their food would help them understand its benefits to their bodies. Eating healthier and nutritious food, like potato can help them stay stronger and more active – which means more time and energy for them to do their favorite things.

I hope you find this post helpful. Feel free to comment, like and share this post. 

High quality US potatoes in a wide variety can be purchased from major supermarkets
and groceries nationwide. For more information on US potatoes, visit or like and follow Potatoes USA-Philippines on Facebook at

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