I love the fact that potatoes are cheap, filling, versatile, and a natural food source from the earth.
Unfortunately though, they’ve got a bad reputation as being a fattening food. This is because of their high glycemic index (GI), and that they are a starchy, high carbohydrate food.
But don’t be put off eating potatoes because you think they’ll make you gain weight.
Diet should be about balance. Moderate starch intake has been shown to have benefits, even while you’re watching your waist.
Instead of avoiding potatoes, try these tips which, when employed together, will cut the GI of the potato in half!
5 ways to make your potatoes skinny
- Eat them with fat. Yes, you heard that right—eat fat to get slim. When you combine safe saturated fat with starches, it takes longer for the food to be digested, thus lowering the GI. So use butter, cream, coconut oil, ghee, lard, cheese, or sour cream with your spuds during cooking or as a topping.
- Devour with fibrous vegetables. Adding more fiber to your plate will lower the GI of your entire meal. Therefore, eat your spuds alongside lightly steamed brassicas or a salad, drizzled with lemon juice, salt, and olive oil.
- Cook them slowly. Boiled potatoes have a lower GI compared to baked or fried. Industrially-prepared potato crisps have the highest GI of all—as they are cooked super fast at high temperatures. If you love baked potatoes, par-boil slowly followed by a slow roast in an oven, smothered in ghee, lard, or coconut oil for the ultimate crispy-soft texture.
- Eat with vinegar or acid. Top your potatoes with pickles or a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. Alternatively, add plenty of dressing or lemon juice to your side salad or veggies to help lower the potato’s GI.
- Cook them, cool them. Cooked and cooled potatoes contain resistant starch, which you guessed—lowers the GI. Potato salad is maybe healthier than we first thought!
Ever wondered why Polish or German people eat potato, sausage, and sauerkraut together? When you think about it, they are employing all these measures—enjoying the humble potato without any guilt.