If you're trying to include more whole foods in your performance fueling, then potatoes are an obvious choice. They naturally contain what an active body needs: digestible carbohydrates and B6 for energy production, potassium for electrolyte replenishment, protein for muscle maintenance and fiber for general health.
Another bonus, they are portable. If you wanted, you could bake a plain potato, wrap it in foil and toss it in your gym bag, running belt or cycling jersey for perfect on-the-move fueling. But if you're looking for something a little more creative, try one of these recipes:
Hash Brown Maple Bacon Waffles
This recipe is a simple way to transform your potato into a portable snack with a little extra sugar and protein to fuel any workout.
1 russet potato, scrubbed
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tbsp. maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste
Grate the potato.
Soak in cold water overnight (this step is optional but will deliver a better crunch). Drain well, squeezing as much of the water out of the grated potato as possible. Dump the potato into a clean kitchen towel and wrap and squeeze to remove as much excess moisture as possible.
Now, add the potato back to a dry bowl. Mix in the egg, bacon, maple, salt and pepper.
Prepare your waffle iron. Once heated, evenly spread the potato mixture onto the waffle surface.
Close the lid and let cook according to your waffle maker instructions. You may want a little more cooking time to get the potatoes a bit more brown and crispy. When done, carefully remove the waffle.
Let cool and wrap in foil pouches. Eat during your run or ride.
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