Wintertime Meals: Food Porn To Take Out The Chill

You have to eat differently in the cold, frigid winter than you do in the summer. In order to stay active and healthy (and warm) in the winter, you have to bulk up. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to eat warm IMHO, is to bulk up with potatoes. Not the french fried kind. That’s too fatty and loaded with empty calories. Nor the loaded baked potato topped with butter, cheddar cheese and sour creme. I’m talking about the plain potato. One that is only 100 calories. And easy on the food budget.

You can either bake a potato or microwave one and eat it smothered with olive oil, low-fat buttery spreads, no-fat yogurt or non-fat sour creme. I like to include potatoes in some of my recipes. It adds bulk, flavor and really helps you keep warm when facing the cold, frigid, outside temperatures. That’s because potatoes are the good carbs and burn slowly.

Potatoes contain vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants may help prevent cell damage and cancer and promote healthy digestion and cardiovascular functions. The fiber in potatoes helps to maintain a healthy digestive system and circulation. Potatoes Are a Superfood, defined as “that which is rich in compounds beneficial to a person’s health.” … Potatoes are not just carbohydrates. They are a nutritious food that many healthy ancient cultures have subsisted on.

Important to a healthy diet, one medium-sized (5.3oz) skin-on potato has:
  • Just 110 calories.
  • No fat, sodium or cholesterol.
  • Nearly half your daily value of vitamin C.
  • More potassium than a banana.
  • A good source of vitamin B6.
  • Fiber, magnesium and antioxidants.
  • Resistant starch.
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Sauteed potato slices in cast iron pan, extra crispy
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nitrate-free, low salt bacon
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split pea soup with potatoes
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low-fat lemon pound cake
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beef stew over baked potato
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lentil soup with brown rice
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individual freezer meals with leftovers
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oven fries with Polish kielbasa
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veggie pizza with sliced tomatoes, spinach & mozzarella
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6 comments

    • Hi Lara. I basically have the same thing every morning: old fashioned oatmeal, dab of olive oil butter and a tablespoon of brown sugar. I love it! A nice cup of half decaf coffee with some vanilla milk creamer and i’m set. On the weekends, we’ll have eggs and either turkey breakfast sausage or nitrate free bacon. That’s about it. Boring! Lunch is either a quick sandwich or leftovers.

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