Easy recipes for potato.♥

by - October 10, 2018

When it comes to mealtime and our kids, I’m sure I am not the only one that struggles with feeding. It can be times that they are distracted with schoolwork, playtime or worst the picky eaters. But even if these are the cases that we constantly get challenged with as parents, we should always make sure that our kids still get good and proper nutrition.

Speaking of good nutrition, I personally have to deal with this on a daily basis, because my two boys are total opposites when it comes to food. My eldest son is one of the pickiest eaters that you will encounter, which makes it difficult for me at times to think of what he’ll eat. While my youngest son is just the biggest foodie and will try anything and everything! As a mom, I take both personalities as a good challenge and try to come up with meals that both will enjoy. :) To take things on the easy side, they actually have a common love – potatoes!

I don’t think I have ever encountered a kid who doesn’t like potatoes. Whether they, be potato fries or mashed potatoes, it’s the kind of root vegetable that every child enjoys. But there’s actually more to the potato than meets the eye. Did you know, that potato is a highly nutritious super food? Potatoes are packed with the following:

·      Vitamin C – boosts immunity
·      Vitamin B6 – improves cognitive function
·      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 part about potato is you can create so many recipes out of it. The only limit is your imagination! :) You can turn it into the ever-so-popular fries, potato salad, baked potato skins, creamy mashed potatoes, potato gratin, etc. The list is endless and that’s why potatoes are also my favorite. Did you know, if you keep the skin of the potato on, you get more nutrients? :)

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 Diliman Preparatory School in 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

Members of the Diliman Preparatory's Little Chef's club listening intently to Chef Kristine :)

Broccoli Cheddar Potato Muffin: https://www.potatogoodness.com/recipes/broccoli-cheddar-potato-puffs/

Chocolate Mashed Potato Truffle: https://www.potatogoodness.com/recipes/chocolate-mashed-potato-truffles/

If kids can do it, so you can you! Instead of the typical potato recipe that you commonly see or eat outside, why not try to get creative and experiment on recipes that you and your child might enjoy. :)

As young as your kids are, it’s really crucial that gear them towards healthier eating habits.  Some ways you can try is, prepare them meals that they love and involve them in food preparations, so they can better understand and even form healthy eating habits. After all, a healthy child is a happy one!

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

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