Russet Potatoes have had a bad rap for some time now. They are considered “starchy,” or high in carbohydrates. And although that is true, they are full of nutrients and fiber (which slows digestion and blood sugar spikes)! The skins of the potato carry the most nutrients since they are grown in the ground and are packed with essential minerals. Russet potatoes are FULL of valuable minerals such as Calcium, Iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and the highest value being potassium which contains 47% of your daily needs!
Potassium is a crucial nutrient. With all of the processed foods most people consume and a lack of whole foods, very few people are getting enough it. One of the main signs of having a potassium deficiency is Hypertension, or High Blood pressure. Since its main function is to control water balance in the body, without enough potassium, salt (or sodium) cannot not be excreted from the body effectively, thus leading to high blood pressure!
If you or a loved one suffers from high blood pressure, try increasing your potassium intake and lowering your salt intake before taking prescription meds (NOTE: Always consult your doctor!). Natural food, untouched by man, is the best medicine of all.
Enjoy this Naturally Made recipe PACKED with potassium your family is going to love!
Naturally Made Twice baked Turkey Stuffed Potatoes
- 3 large Russet potatoes
- 1 lbs ground turkey
- 1/2 c. Plain greek yogurt (or regular sour cream, not light)
- 1/2 c. shredded Cheese of choice (I used a mexican blend of natural cheese)
- 1/2 c. Salsa (more or less to taste)
- 1/3 c. chopped green onion or chives
- salt and pepper to taste
Here is a list of more NATURAL foods full of potassium:
- Beet greens (add to a green smoothie !)
- White beans
- Dates (add Lara bars in your diet!)
- Yogurt (all natural plain… my favorite is Fage greek yogurt!)
- Dried fruit (raisins, apricots)
- coconut water (my favorite post-workout drink!)
- Cut Salt, Increase Potassium to Live Longer: Study Says (counselheal.com)
- What you should be eating to lower your blood pressure (globalnews.ca)