with their "starchy carbohydrates", potatoes often get a bad rap in the health food world. i agree the way most potatoes are prepared (fried, topped with cheese, mayo, or bacon bits) is questionable, but what about raw potatoes in a sensible salad?
through some online research i've come to the conclusion that potatoes can be quite nutritious when lightly steamed or eaten raw. the little tubers contain 60 different phytochemicals, and of all the vegetables, potatoes contain the highest amounts of potassium (about 22% of what they say we need everyday).
(potassium is essential for cell maintenance and some studies show diets high in potassium may lower blood pressure and help prevent strokes. fortunately, potassium is abundant in most fruits and vegetables, especially bananas).
the skin of the potato is packed with nutrients like vitamin C and B6 (also good for the blood stream). potatoes contain a nice amount of dietary fiber and even some protein!
while i was planning this potato salad my new vitamix was delivered! perfect timing! we blended homemade tahini, a tahini miso sauce for the salad, and then a super creamy raw soup. oh happy day!!!=)
sliced potato, shitake mushroom, zucchini, carrot, spinach, and basil topped with broccoli sprouts and tahini miso sauce
tahini miso sauce, tomato, spinach, zucchini, garlic, and basil soup with nori pieces
and here she is, in all her sloppy splendor...
what shall we make next?
(i'm thinking chocolate sauce!=)