This Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie has just the right combo of fluid, carbs and electrolytes that you need to recover post-workout…and you’d never guess the secret ingredient–potato!By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Potatoes USA and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.You say potato, I say delicious. Maybe it’s because I’m Irish, but I have always loved potatoes…in all forms. Fries? Duh. Mashed? Of course. Homefries? My favorite. Unfortunately, potatoes, along with lots of other white foods have gotten a bad reputation. I think it’s easy to demonize potatoes because they’re commonly deep fried in oil or smothered in butter, but when we really take a look, they’re super nutritious. Traditionally seen as a just a comfort food, potatoes are actually a really great way to fuel athletic performance as well.
Potatoes provide key energy and carbohydrates that you need to perform at your best. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C and fiber. Fiber-rich foods provide long lasting energy and stabilized blood sugar, and athletes can always benefit from B vitamins because of the role they play in energy metabolism and muscle building. And did you know potatoes have even more potassium than bananas? Potassium is essential to fluid balance, blood pressure and muscle contraction, which of course are important to athletic performance.
Now that we know what makes potatoes so nutritious, let’s talk about how to put them to work. There are a ton of potato varieties, from russet to fingerling. All can be prepared using a range of methods like baking, boiling, roasting and steaming. Potatoes are always available in the produce section of the grocery store, but you can also look for frozen, dehydrated and refrigerated versions. I like baked and roasted potatoes best, but also keep frozen hash browns on hand for egg casseroles and quick breakfast meals. And after doing some recipe testing, I now chop up fresh potatoes to keep on hand in the freezer too!
A Smoothie Using Spuds
My potato performance recipe utilizes fresh potatoes, that were quartered and boiled, then tossed into the freezer so I could use them in this smoothie later. A potato smoothie, you ask? Yep. See, one thing I always coach my sports nutrition clients on is the importance of post-workout recovery. But a struggle they often share is that they’re not typically hungry for a meal after a tough or long workout. Most people can, however, tolerate sipping on some nutrition post-workout. Smoothies can be a great way to ensure athletes get in the key nutrition they need after a workout, without having to prepare or sit down to a big meal.
Since I want my athletes to get in fluids, carbohydrates, a little protein and electrolytes post-workout, I came up with a smoothie that does just that. This Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is salty and sweet and I promise-you’d never know that spuds are the secret ingredient!
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- 1 medium potato, chopped, boiled and frozen
- 1 cup milk (I used whole)
- 2 dates, pitted
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 2 TBSP cacao
- 1 TBSP natural peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
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