purple potatoes

purple potatoes

i love grocery shopping, it’s easily one of my top 10 favorite things to do.

i love strolling the produce aisles touching, smelling, wondering what-the-heck-is-this-spikey-thing now it’s mine and invisioning where or how specific foods even came about!

there’s some crazy ones out there. and i’m the person that buys them.

i get joy out of finding “new” foods to add to my basket. the excitement of fueling my body and nourishing it with fresh, whole foods is a beautiful feeling.

i’m also that person that is just smiling at everyone and eveyrthing i pass trottin’ along pushing my cart, chatting up the produce workers asking about different foods, because the more in touch you are with your food and the entire preparation of it from step 1 (grocery shopping) the more you appreciate real food.

so today i bring you a new “food find” that packs a BANG and brings you more nutrition than you may think.

the purple potato.

purple potatoes

it’s beautiful, isn’t it?!

purple potatoes

most of us are used to seeing and eating the typical white or yellow potato.  you may even eat sweet potatoes (holllllla at 4-6oz every day ovaahh here!  my hands may be orange..) on the reg but have you had a purple potato??  i would like to say, i am really not behind the curb, because i’m sure some of you are like “uhmmm yeah, like all the time. nothing special taylor”.. welp i always walk right by these guys so i’m hopping on the train finally!

the rule of thumb with fruits and vegetables is that the deeper and richer the color, the more nutritious the food tends to be within.  the purple potato is no exception to this rule.  it is rich in the antioxidant, and you know i love my antioxidants, that is itself indeed deep in purple called anthocyanin.  anthocyanin is a compound from the flavonoid family of antixodiants and is found in other foods like blueberries and pomegranates thus providing cancer fighting properties. and to make this colorful food even cooler, anthocyanin protects the structure of DNA and boosts the production of cytokines which are super important to immune response itself.  it also has anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen membranes and protect the capillaries. these things are badass. 

purple potatoes

they have a slightly nutty flavor and are a bit creamer than the regular white potato, which means they’re ideal for baking, mashing, pan frying and pretty much doing anything else you would do with a regular ‘ol potato.  and who wouldn’t love the idea of PURPLE MASHED POTATOES?! i’m on it!

purple potatoes

as with other potatoes, it’s important to keep the skin on when cooking.  this seals the nutrients in along with utilizing the fiber that is in the skin itself.  the purple potato particularly packs vitamin C and potassium in its colorful skin!

so what did i do with my new-found-colorful potatoes?! i turned them into FRIES!

dice these babies up.

purple potatoes

purple potatoes

put the oven at 375 degrees. spray coconut flour on aluminum foil over a cookie sheet.

purple potatoes

sprinkle with cinnamon and cumin.

purple potatoes

purple potatoes

stick in oven for 20 minutes, flip all of them then back in for another 20 minutes. voila!

purple potatoes

why cumin and cinnamon?! THEY TOO have their own added benefits, which i shall share on a later post! again, i have a rhyme and reason for every single ingredient i use!

want to make it later?! make sure to PIN it on Pinterest, since the link to the recipe is already in the photo for you! 

Purple Potatoes

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