Potatoes and rice
Potatoes and rice are super starchy and will turn into too much sugar in your blood. Have you ever seen those gigantic baking potatoes that Costco sells? I once bought a bag of potatoes for the holidays years ago. The front of the bag’s marketing slogan was, “Big Taste – Slimmer Waist.” The bag boldly claimed, “Only 110 calories and 45% of the RDA for Vitamin C.” High in Vitamin C? Don’t get too excited, Skittles makes this claim too. So, I did what any suspicious nutritionist would do. I weighed the potato and it clocked in at 1 pound 3 ounces. Those large potatoes have over 400 calories and dump 23 teaspoons of sugar in your bloodstream (from 92 grams of carbohydrate).
How is that going to slim your waist when most of it gets converted to fat? How is that going to help you manage your blood sugar when God designed us to have just 1 teaspoon floating around at any time. Michael Eades, MD, did all the calculations in his blog post, “A spoonful of sugar”to prove that last point (73).
If you want to have a potato occasionally, here’s what I recommend:
- Choose sweet potatoes and red-skinned new potatoes over white baking potatoes.
- Monitor the portion size and eat one-half cup or half of a small potato.
- Eat the potato with a meal containing animal protein, fat and two servings of colorful, low-starch vegetables.
- Top the potato with generous amounts of butter or coconut oil.
- Toppings can include chives, green onion, bacon, and broccoli, but skip the pasteurized cheese.
- Try “faux-tatoes” made from riced cauliflower.
Riced cauliflower is a great substitute for rice when avoiding grains. It is available in the freezer section, or you can make your own with a food processor. To cook cauliflower rice, heat a skillet, add fat. Pour in the desired amount of riced cauliflower and cook for about five minutes. Season with salt and pepper and try adding other herbs. We add chopped tomato and turmeric or cilantro and lime for a different flavor combination. You can even use riced cauliflower to make a low-carb version of mashed potatoes. We buy organic frozen riced cauliflower and mix in almond milk or broth and add butter, garlic or other herbs. It is delicious, and even those who claim to be cauliflower haters will be easily tricked!
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