Family Nutrition

on Wednesday, 23 May 2018. Posted in Blog & News

Do you feel as if there is always at least one complainer or picky eater at your dinner table? Or maybe no matter how hard you try, your 10-year-old just won’t eat her kale salad. If you are struggling with any of these issues, don’t worry, you are not alone. It can be very challenging to create a healthy eating plan for an entire family. Today we are here to offer you a simple solution, incorporate more potatoes into your diet! Potatoes are jam-packed full of various nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. With just 110 calories per serving, potatoes are a fat-free, gluten-free and low cholesterol option. Since potatoes are so versatile, it is very easy to get creative with them! Baked, boiled, sautéed, mashed, roasted, grilled, or microwaved potatoes can be your secret weapon when getting your children to eat healthily. Not only are potatoes nutritious, versatile, and delicious but they are also very affordable. According to researchers at UW, potatoes and beans provide the most nutrients per penny! Don’t put off a healthy lifestyle any longer, check out our website for hearty recipes!

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Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

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