Today’s tip is a random one that I came across a while back and found interesting myself, so I thought I would share it with those of you who don’t know already….
Never store potatoes in the fridge, or leave them in plastic bags.
This will apply to those of you who haven’t ran a mile from potatoes for fear of eating too many carbs that is! haha.
Potatoes are best stored in a cool, dark place, in a brown bag rather than plastic as they spoil in plastic & their flavour profile deteriorates in the fridge.
Now for some reasons why you should eat potatoes! Yay!
Potatoes are an inexpensive, nutritious whole food full of vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients, that should not be feared from anyone’s diet. Yes, they have carbs, and yes they are starchy carbs, but there is a time and a place for those type of carbohydrates in our diets.
Including potatoes in your post-workout meal with some protein will help promote protein synthesis, which is needed especially after a tough training session.
After a strength session especially, your body will have suffered some microscopic muscle tears, however smart nutrition prevents further muscle breakdown. Your muscles are highly insulin sensitive after you train, hence why starchy carbs are ideal post-workout, to help spike your insulin levels and get that protein moving to help recover your muscles.
On average, a ratio of 2:1 carbohydrates to protein post-workout is sufficient. So if you are having a breast of chicken that is 30g protein, you should match that with 60g carbohydrates, which can come from white or sweet potato. 1 medium potato (raw), which is around 210g, contains 164 kcals and 39g carbs.
Coming from Ireland, I think it’s rare you’ll find someone who hates potatoes 😉