What do you think of when you hear the word potassium? Bananas, right? Anything else? Probably not. Even though we all know we need potassium, common knowledge doesn’t extend much beyond that simple fact. Potassium is a key nutrient that controls our blood pressure and only about 3% of Americans get an adequate amount in their diets. Does that mean you need to eat bunches of bananas? Not at all! There are many other foods that have more potassium than bananas, like beans, spinach and potatoes. In fact, a new study shows that if you eat white potatoes, there is an increased intake of potassium, which can help ward against high blood pressure and stroke. You don’t even have to eat the skins! While eating the skin will give you more potassium per bite, the white flesh itself is also rich in this vital nutrient.
I’m kind of in love with potatoes and am always happy to hear news of their health benefits. Bring on the potatoes! And while potatoes are mighty delicious smothered in cheese and butter, there are many ways to enjoy these potassium-pumped beauties. Here are just a few mouthwatering recipes to help start upping your daily potassium!
Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes 1 of 8
These roasted garlic fingerling potatoes are packed with flavor and are completely salt-free. No salt + potassium = happy blood pressure!
Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes 2 of 8
These aren't your ordinary mashed potatoes! Layers of flavor complement the buttery potatoes, including pumpkin, garlic and cloves.
Healthier Potato Salad 3 of 8
This healthy twist on traditional potato salad is delicious and nutritious.
Chicken Pot Pie Baked Potatoes 4 of 8
Forget pastry, potassium-rich potatoes serves as the "crust" for this chicken pot pie.
Creamy Potato Leek Soup…Without the Cream! 5 of 8
This potato leek soup is creamy and comforting, but doesn't use cream, cutting back on the fat significantly.
Jacket Potatoes 6 of 8
Potatoes take center stage with this simple jacket potato dinner.
Creamy Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes 7 of 8
Need (or want) dairy-free mashed potatoes that are still creamy? Look no further!
The Creamiest Scalloped Potatoes 8 of 8
Sometimes it's good to go all out with the creamy, cheesy goodness of scalloped potatoes!