Time for New Potatoes

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A new survey has revealed that after sugar, carbohydrates such as potatoes are one of the first things that those keeping an eye on their weight cut out.  Yet far from being the devil’s food, a cooked new potato has only 26 calories and is packed with nutrients. Enjoy!

Ingredients

    • small new potatoes, washed
    • 2 tbsp olive oil or coconit oil
    • 1 teaspoon of fresh or dry garlic
    • 1-2 teaspoons fresh or dry rosemary
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • pepper to taste

 

Method

1 Preheat oven to 200 C. Place potatoes in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Add olive oil, rosemary, and garlic. Toss until potatoes are well coated.

2 Spread potatoes out on a single layer of a baking pan. Roast for 40 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through and browned. Serve immediately with vegetables.

Here are some quick facts about potatoes.

    • Potatoes are a very good source of potassium, which is important for heart health and to build strong bones. One medium baked potato provides around 20 percent of the potassium recommended daily. 
    • Potatoes also are rich in vitamin C, providing nearly 40 percent of the recommended daily value of this important vitamin. Vitamin C is necessary to produce collagen and to help wounds heal. It is also a powerful antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage by free radicals. 
    • Potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber. One medium potato with the skin contains 3 grams of dietary fiber. Fiber helps keep the digestive system functioning properly and may help reduce the risk for some cancers and heart disease.
    • Finally, though they’re often considered fattening, potatoes themselves are fat-free and relatively low in calories. A medium-sized baked or boiled potato contains about 100 calories. Frying this potato as hash browns or French fries, however, doubles the number of calories per serving.
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