May’s Fruit/Veggie of the Month: Potatoes

Potatoes have been an essential part of the American diets for over 300 years! Potatoes have continued to be a popular vegetable because of their delicious taste and impressive nutritional content. They are low in calories, free of fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They are also a rich source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.

Potatoes are very good for you as long as they are prepared right! Baked and boiled potatoes are good for you, but french fries and potato chips are not. Here are some ways you can eat potatoes, while keeping them low in calories and healthy:

  1. Make mashed potatoes with low-fat sour cream and skim milk
  2. Add potatoes slices (with skins) to soups and stews
  3. Serve boiled potatoes with salsa or broccoli and sprinkle only one ounce of shredded cheese on top

Did you know there are many fun facts about potatoes? Here are a few interesting facts:

  • In 1995, the potato was the first vegetable to be grown in outer space!
  • The potato is the world’s 4th most important crop
  • The average American eats 126 pounds of potatoes a year!
  • Potatoes are 80% water and only 20% solids

Potato Jokes!

  • What do you call an angry potato? Boiling Mad!
  • What do you call a baby potato? A small fry!
  • Why did the potato cross the road? He saw a fork up ahead!
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