Potato Facts And Greens, Naturally

Top of the morning afternoon to you, me lassies! It’s been a long day–Wednesday’s are always long days. But before I bitch about that, I want to talk about potatoes. Do you know where most species of potatoes come from? It’s not Ireland, or even Europe, but South America! The Inca’s cultivated potatoes, and even bred different strands for different environments. In fact, the potato wasn’t even well recieved by grain-loving Europe well at first but eventually took on as a staple crop when they realized how nutrient dense they are. Unfortunately, as we all know, the Irish suffered a famine one season because of the poor crops that year. Curiously, that wouldn’t have happened to the Inca’s because they knew to grow different types of potatoes for different seasons instead of relying on 1. I love most potatoes, but I have to confess my favorite is the sweet potato:

Roasted Broccoli And Sweet Potato With Maple Baked Tofu And Maple Drizzle

The sweet potato is notably high in beta-carotene, the same vitamin that gives carrots their orange hue. For this dish, I roasted steamed broccoli and raw, diced sweet potato for 40 minutes with some maple tofu, and topped it off with maple syrup and sea salt.

Roasted Broccoli And Sweet Potatoes With Maple Baked Tofu And A Maple Drizzle

Holy yum! Nutritious and delicious. Simply roasting a potato with nothing on it is certainly the easiest way to enjoy them and very tasty, too. Did you notice the green I snuck in with broccoli? Green veggies get their color from chlorophyll and carry loads of phytochemicals for your body. It’s true that you should eat your rainbow and green foods are typically high on nutrition while being low in calories. What’s your favorite green fruit or veggie? I would say broccoli tops the list for me

Multi-Green Kombucha

Of course, multi-green kombucha isn’t bad either ;-) The green here comes from blue algae, chlorella, and spirulina. Again, what makes this green makes this very nutritious without any yucky food colorings! Just pure, natural green :-) Although I have to say this bottle tasted a little flat–is that even possible with kombucha? Anyone who doesn’t like the vinegar tang might have enjoyed this. I, on the other hand, live for that funny flavor.

Chocolate Chip Clif Bar

Well, I couldn’t eat seasonably the whole day. I grabbed this on a campus eatery because I was craving a chocolate chip cookie. This is one bar I actually hadn’t tried, and was a little afraid to because I didn’t suspect to like it. It was actually pretty good! It wasn’t like a chocolate chip cookie, per say, but definitely the chocolate chips were nice.

Wednesdays are easily my least favorite days of the week: I have a lot of class in a row, get back to my room, and hardly throw my backpack down before needing to make dinner. What makes this easier is having a dinner in mind and knowing how to go about making it.

Grass-Fed 90/10 Burger, Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Cayenne Pepper

It also helps when it’s a dinner that you look forward to so much that your problems melt away after each bite. In addition to roasting potatoes, you can also enjoy them in baked fry form! Now, I’ll put out a disclaimer: Baked fries do not turn out like real fries, nor could they. They’re a seperate beast and just won’t be as crispy. However, that doesn’t mean they have to be bland! Once you have your potatoes in fry forms, toss them liberally with EVOO; I assure you, no matter how much EVOO sticks to them, it will be less fat than real fries and add great flavor. You can also add spices for flavor, such as I did with Chipotle Cayenne Parma. If you want honest to goodness crispy fries, however, you’re just going to have to invest in a deep fryer. I have 1 last Saint Patty’s day lesson:

Purely Decadent Mint Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

I picked up this So Delicious coconut milk mint chip ice cream after class and plan a big bowl for dessert tonight :-) Mint is in fact a green plant, much like spinach. However, the flavor is in the oil which is extracted, leaving behind much of the carbon. On top of that, a little flavor goes a long way. That’s why all-natural mint products are often white(or chocolate :-) ). Over the Summer, when I first started dabbling in this crazy “all-natural diet” that I never would have imagined staying so strongly with after 8 months, my grandmother bough Hannaford’s brand organic mint chip ice cream. When she opened it up for celebrating God-remembers-who’s birthday, the first words out of my grandpa’s mouth were “Why isn’t it green?”. If only, if only :-D

I’ll let you check out this acai giveaway and this food scale giveaway while I go enjoy some very (non) green ice cream.

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  1. dee (the apple hill adventurer) 17. Mar, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    mmmm chocolately goodness! I know what I am having for a snack today :)

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  2. frompartytohearty 17. Mar, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Green veggies- brussels and asparagus. Green fruit- Kiwi. I need to start buying All Natural ice creams! My all natural diet has been going strong for a while but I need to work harder! You have great snacking ideas! I know your not a cereal fan but I am giving away a few justin squeeze packets if interested?

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  3. actorsdiet 17. Mar, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    i’m a broccoli lover too. but brussels probably tops the list.

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  4. eatingmachine 17. Mar, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    spinach. i go through at least a pound a week.

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  5. Nicole 17. Mar, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    Thanks for pimping out ‘taters! I get so upset when people bash on taters! It’s not the potato that’s the problem, it’s the 500 calories of empty calories, saturated fat, and trans fat people put ON the potato!

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  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 17. Mar, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    I dont think ive ever tried that clif b/c it looks so lackluster in the wrapper compared to all the other more intriguing flaves out there. But good to know.
    Jokerz in prev post, will try to remember to check the Wall of Bars at my local WFs and that pic was only a small tiny section!!! there’s 4-5 more times those! and will see if i can find jokerz cousins.

    And the opensky/formspring, good to know you also see no point. Thank you.

    Have a stellar green nite, Evan!

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  7. tina 17. Mar, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    “Why isn’t it green?” I love it! Yep, that Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Mint Chip is one of my favorite flavors, for sure!

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  8. Madeline - Greens and Jeans 17. Mar, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    Stories about your grandparents never fail to make me smile!

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  9. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce 17. Mar, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    ya i always used to think that mint ice cream was supposed to be green until i started eating more natural stuff!

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  10. Adam 18. Mar, 2010 at 12:08 am #

    Hows the 1/2 training coming along? You feeling good about it? I am sure you will kill it like it was any run on any given day… Remember to REST though man, thats mega important, i can’t stress it enough being the idiot who didn’t! ;) I used to love Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream when i was little, i guess the green is pretty unappealing now that you bring it up… Very informative post, i will have to try your maple syrup broc/sp combo… Sounds interesting!

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  11. caronae 18. Mar, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    That non green ice cream looks mighty good! My favorite green foods are spinach and mutsu apples. Mmm.

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  12. Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) 18. Mar, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Haha…I always want my mint icecream to be green too. :mrgreen:

    Thanks for the info on the potato…that’s so interesting! :D

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  13. Anna 18. Mar, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    I’m a big lover of ALL green veggies…but I’d have to go with either asparagus or brussels sprouts :-)

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  14. Kelly 18. Mar, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    The chocolate chip clif bars are my favorite flavor. It is usually the only one I buy! :)

    Fave veggie: spinach!

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  15. Astra Libris 18. Mar, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Mmmm, I love roasted broccoli! Sweet potatoes are my favorite potato too – especially roasted! :-) Asparagus is my favorite green veggie, but broccoli is a close second! :-)

    I’m so glad you conquered your long, green Wednesday! :-) Happy Thursday! :-)

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  16. Pink Panda 18. Mar, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    I like sweet potatoes the most too! I would have never though of combining them with tofu though. Creative, dude.

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  17. Jenny 18. Mar, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Who would have thought, South America? I thought, or was taught (rhyme:) at one point they came from China… have you seen the “everyone loves their potatoes” Lays commercial? Same concept?

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  18. Lauren @ Eater not a runner 18. Mar, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    I love broccoli, but brussel sprouts and chard are up there for me too :-)

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