Potatoes: The Go-To Food of Athletes

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Have you felt so exhausted after working out or just doing household chores or simply walking around the block?  You are not alone! It’s called energy depletion, which is especially common with athletes who engage in extensive trainings and workouts.

Runners like me rely on carbohydrates as our main source of energy. It helps our brain and body function properly.  As we consume carbohydrates, our body breaks it down into smaller sugar molecules called glucose which are stored in the liver and muscles. It will then be converted to energy to help fuel physical activity.

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The glycogen in our muscles gets depleted as our physical activity increases, thus a need for more carbohydrates.  Eating the right amount of carbohydrates before and after vigorous activities is therefore extremely important.

One excellent source of carbohydrates is potato!  Thanks to Potatoes USA-Philippines, high quality potatoes are now in the Philippines.

US potatoes are classified as a superfood, a nutrient-dense food that can help fuel huge exertions from physical exercise and movement. Potatoes are also high in potassium, even more so than a banana, and are also full of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, iron and magnesium.

US potatoes are available in fresh, frozen and dehydrated forms. Fresh potatoes are the pick of the crop, carefully sized and graded based on standards of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Frozen US potatoes are premium potatoes quick-frozen in a state-or-the-art process which locks in the flavor and nutrients.  They come in all sizes – frozen whole, frozen half-shell and the most popular frozen straight cut, wedges, crinkle cut, lattice, curly for fries and hash browns.

Another variant is US dehydrated potatoes, they are compactly packaged and perfect for a wide array of dishes such as soups, stews, sauces and many more.

I can’t wait to try new potato dishes! I’m excited to start making recipes for my pre or post run meals. Of course, I’ll soon experiment on old family recipes by substituting frozen potatoes for fresh potatoes!

In the meantime, you can click on this link to see recommended potato recipes that can help power athletic performance: https://www.potatogoodness.com/recipe-category/performance/.

US potatoes are now available in supermarkets and groceries nationwide.  For more information on US potatoes, visit https://www.potatogoodness.com/ or like and follow Potatoes USA-Philippines on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/.

 

“Happy tummy… happy body… happy me”

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