Turmeric Roasted Potatoes
Gasp! I eat white potatoes?!!? Uh, yes, don’t most of us? I know that these plain ol’ root veggies get a bad reputation in a lot of the clean eating and paleo blogosphere but these buggers are delicious and have nutrients to boot. Not to mention they are easy on the wallet and make for a delicious meal no matter what time of day. Now, i’m not saying to only eat white potatoes, you do need to vary up your veggies and get different nutrients on your plate but as winter (ah I said it) is nearing, we could all use a delicious and healthy comfort food on the table.
Healthy components of Potatoes
- Potassium // most people are over consuming sodium in the form of processed and packaged foods (aka nutrient poor foods) and thus are not consuming enough potassium to counteract this. When there is too much sodium and not enough potassium we run the risk of having high blood pressure which can lead to all sorts of problems. Upping your REAL FOOD intake tends to help with this balance as most fruits and veggies are higher in potassium and lower in sodium, naturally.
- Vitamin B6 // Pyridoxine aka Vitamin B6 has many health benefits and is needed for cardiovascular (heart) function, nervous system activity and overall energy production! Want some athletic performance help? Stop looking towards supplements for energy and start looking towards real food, like potatoes.
- Resistant Starch // this is a form of starch that is not digested in the stomach or small intestine, it is therefore “resistant” to digestion. Potatoes that are cooked and then cooled have a considerable amount of resistant starch. This type of starch has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels and improve overall insulin sensitivity, win-win.
**NOTE: if you have an autoimmune condition and/or are sensitive to nightshade vegetables, potatoes may not be the best option, consider setting up an appointment to discuss if potatoes fit into your health diet. Also, if you have Chronic Kidney Disease you may need to limit potato consumption as your kidneys may not be able to process potassium correctly, consult a doctor and RD before adding potatoes to your diet. **
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is the yellow spice, that comes from a plant of the ginger family and is found in curry dishes and contains the active ingredient curcumin. Turmeric has been used for many years as a medicinal herb in both Chinese and Indian cultures.
Benefits of Turmeric
- Decreases risk of heart disease
- Improves brain function
- May help prevent cancer
- Improves arthritis
- and MORE!
Remember while these foods sound AMAZING (and they are) there is no one “superfood” that is going to cure all ailments. However, by adding real foods and spices to your diet you will decrease your risk of disease and boost your immunity and health and overall just feel better!
Alright, enough RD chat, go ahead and enjoy!
- 3 white potatoes, washed and chopped
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Toss all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Place potatoes in one layer on a greased or lined baking sheet.
- Cook in oven for 40-45 minutes, turning once until crisp.
Ok, now it’s time to go clean off the keyboard…there is yellow everywhere #thankyouTurmeric! (I used my coconut oil & sugar scrub to get it off my hands, maybe you want the recipe for that?!) . Talk to you Turmerrow!
I want to hear from you!
How do you cook your potatoes?
What are you looking forward to this fall?