These yummy potato veggie burgers have the perfect ratio of carbs and protein for a post-workout meal (make them ahead of time and freeze!)
[Disclosure: As co-owner of The Recipe ReDux I was compensated to manage this recipe contest.]
I’ve always been a routine gal so when back-to-school time came around for my daughter each year, I didn’t find it too hard to get back into the faster pace of the week.
Well, that was then and this is now. This year, it’s been more of a struggle for me to give up the less structured days of summer. Maybe because I was gone for most of August. Maybe because I’m older and am trying not to sweat the small stuff anymore. (Or maybe I like being a bit lazier?)
Anyway, gone are the leisurely mornings of taking some more time to eat breakfast. This time of year is when I find myself getting into breakfast ruts – pretty much eating the same thing right after a run or boot camp class – kind of like being on automatic pilot while getting dear daughter ready for school on time and start the workday.
So, for our current Recipe ReDux challenge with Potatoes USA – the challenge is for us to use potatoes as a staple in meal planning for athletic performance, I created these yummy potato burgers – and I’m glad I did because now they’re in my freezer for a super easy way to fuel up after my morning workout.
I’ve always love potatoes (my current fav way to eat them: Shoestring Baked French Fries) for their taste, versatility and nutrition (carbohydrates, potassium and Vitamin C) but they aren’t usually a go-to in the mornings because of my lack of prep time. But now I get to eat “burgers” for breakfast after my exercise (even on rushed mornings ’cause all I have to do is defrost them in the microwave!)
Here’s a deeper on dive on why potatoes make sense for an active/athletic lifestyle:
- A medium potato with the skin provides just 110 calories, no fat, no sodium and no cholesterol, 30 percent of your daily value of vitamin C and more potassium than a medium banana.
- Potassium is an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function. A medium potato with the skin contains 620 milligrams of potassium, more than a medium-size banana.
- Carbohydrate is important for optimal mental and physical performance. A medium potato with the skin has 26 grams of quality carbohydrate.
- With several essential vitamins and minerals, potatoes are a smart addition to your other favorite performance foods.
Nutritional data is based on a 5.2 ounce skin-on potato.
Gelibter A, et al Satiety following intake of potatoes and other carbohydrate test meals. Ann Nutr Metab. 2013;62:37-43
For more potato inspiration, check out my 5 Ways To Upgrade Your Potato Salad video. And click on The Recipe ReDux graphic to see more potatoes for performance recipes from our ReDuxers.