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Potatoes USA Creates Program to Fuel Athletic Performance

American potato marketing and research organization Potatoes USA has developed a new program in nutrition and athletic performance.

Created in partnership with four experts, the program promotes 13 new recipes designed to encourage active consumers to power their performance with potatoes. The recipes are innovative and include potato soups, bread and even desserts.

The new recipes were developed using the most recent compilation of nutrition recommendations for athletes published jointly by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and Dietitians of Canada, along with a “Carbohydrates for Training and Performance” review published in The Journal of Sports Sciences.

The research compilation published jointly by ACSM and AND states that “some research suggests that consuming carbohydrate along with protein post exercise may aid in recovery.” According to the review written by Louise Burke and colleagues and published in The Journal of Sports Sciences, “your body’s stores of carbohydrates are limited and may be depleted even in a single session. It’s important to replenish them.”

The recipes, available at www.potatogoodness.com/performancerecipes, are categorized based on their nutrient composition into the three key eating occasions for athletes including:

  • Before exercise: Hash Brown and Egg Nests, Potato Pancakes with Apple Butter, Portable Potato & Egg Mini Frittatas, Potato Poppers with Turmeric and Hash Brown Waffles with Tart Cherry Syrup
  • During exercise: Portable Potato Cakes, On-The-Go Potatoes, and Zesty Mashed Potato Snackers
  • After exercise: Power Baked Potato, Potato and Black Bean Soup, Potassium Potato Smoothie, and Roasted Smashed Petite Potatoes (recipe variations include Lemon, Rosemary and Parmesan or Buffalo Blue Cheese)

Loaded with carbohydrates, fat-free and a good source of potassium, potatoes provide a mix of nutrients for athletes who want to perform at their best. With 620 milligrams of potassium in a 5.2 ounce skin-on potato, potatoes win on potassium when compared to a medium sweet potato or to a medium-sized banana. And, potatoes contain as much if not more of several essential vitamins and minerals than spaghetti, brown rice or whole wheat bread (compared on a per-serving basis), Potatoes USA explains.

Source: Potato Business

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