Thursday, June 19, 2014

Let's Talk Healthy Living Over Potatoes

Thanks for all the support after my downer post on Monday.  I am feeling MUCH better now that the work week is wrapping up and the memories of last weekend are mostly smiles and sun.

When it comes to “health”, we sometimes get caught up in healthy-living as it is defined by society rather than what makes us healthy and happy at an individual level.  And we try to meet these “expectations” from “health experts” that tell us that less calories and more control is good.  That we should feel guilty when we fail to meet those expectations, and somehow “make up” for our “bad” behavior, which merely starts a cycle of disappointment, regret, and obsession.  Not to mention the impact it has on our self-esteem alone.   Sam wrote a beautiful post about this, everyone should read it. 

I think that this is something that we should talk more about and challenge.  Health is different for everyone, and at the end of the day, a margarita and some ice cream may be exactly what the doctor ordered for me.

Moving on to something more simple.  Potatoes!  Sorry, I know this is a random switch, but this simple recipe is totally worth the digression. 

I love potatoes!  I usually eat sweet potatoes, but I decided to spice things up the other night and make some roasted pesto potato wedges.  These are crunchy like fries, but with the added flavor of pesto, which bumps up the nutrition as well.  I also keep the skin on because it is my favorite part of the potato and is super nutritious.

1 large russet potato
2 tablespoons of store bought or homemade pesto
Salt to taste
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Cut the potato into small wedges and spread out on the baking sheet.  Spray the potatoes with a little cooking spray or olive oil to keep them moist.  Season with salt.  Bake for about 20- 25 minutes, tossing once or twice during cooking.  Remove from the oven when golden and crispy, wrap them in foil with a couple tablespoons of pesto.  Fold up the foil like a bag and shake them in it to get the pesto evenly distributed.


Anyone else get too caught up in health as it is defined by society?

Do you think health is associated with how thin a person is?
(Side note, I would definitely argue that IT IS NOT based on my poor boyfriend’s performance in our bootcamp class this morning.  He is thin, but man is he out of shape – good thing he doesn’t read this blog ;)


  1. Well clearly I agree with the health topic, AND I also love potatoes, so this post is a win-win to me. I have to admit that I like white potatoes way better than sweet potatoes (the whole "sweet" factor just doesn't appeal to me), and I've never thought to combine them with pesto!

    1. Yes, your post was awesome, we definitely have similar outlooks. I am so glad I discovered your blog! Yeah, the pesto seems kind of random, but it was delicious. Next time I want to sprinkle some Parmesan on top too.