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So apparently, carbs aren’t all that bad. It fuels the body and ensures energy reserves in the liver and muscles. But while rice is and will forever be our carb of choice, doctors are now looking into potatoes as, well, a better alternative, especially for athletes.

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“Potatoes are also loaded with the electrolyte potassium, which prevents dehydration, decreases blood pressure, and aids in muscle recovery. It also contains vitamin C, which is needed for iron absorption, thus increasing oxygenation of the blood,” writes Cheshire Que, a registered nutritionist and dietician on Manila Bulletin.

It almost makes us want to buy a giga size Potato Corner fries, but we’re holding our horses for below: a breakfast recipe by Chef Sau Rosario and Diet Diva featuring potatoes!

Mexi-Potato Breakfast Tostada
Ready Time: 30 minutes
Prepping Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: four

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded US potatoes (Can use dehydrated potato flakes)
2 cups water + 1 1/2 cup flakes + 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Cooking spray
8 eggs
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
2 slices lean bacon
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced green onion

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Place a Silpat or other silicone liner on a cookie sheet and spray with olive oil.

For each of the four servings, place 1/4 cup shredded US potatoes in each quarter of the silicone liner.

Spread out each pile of potatoes so that they are flat, about five inches in diameter.

Place 1/4 cup cheese on top of each, and spread out evenly.

Bake in the oven until golden brown on the edges for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the cumin, salt, and two tablespoons water. Heat a medium nonstick frying pan and spray with olive oil.

Cook the scrambled eggs until done to your liking.

To serve, place each potato disk on a plate, then top with 1/4 of the eggs.

Garnish each serving with the cooked bacon, red bell pepper, green onion, and cilantro sprigs.

Potatoes USA will have a series of seminars and workshops with schools and other food-to-come services to support the campaign. www.potatoesusa-philippines.com

[Manila Bulletin]

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