J is for jacket potato. Potatoes are a nutritious and incredibly versatile vegetable and often a very popular choice with little ones, given the less healthy varieties that include chips, crisps or fries. The reason that we have chosen a jacket potato is because it includes the potato skin and it is also typically baked (rather than deep fried) and therefore a healthier alternative. It also implies that the potato will be topped with something delicious – a vegetable and cheese sauce, perhaps some bolognese or even some tomato, cucumber, feta and olives, to be eaten cool with a dollop of sour cream.
It’s important for our little ones to see potatoes in their original state and to to appreciate them for what they really are – not the peeled, heavily seasoned deep fried treats.
DID YOU KNOW?
The word potato comes from the Spanish word “patata”.
Potato plants are usually pollinated by insects like bumblebees.
- In theory, humans can survive on a diet of just potatoes, and milk or butter, which contain Vitamin A and D, the only vitamins missing from the humble potato.
Potatoes are a member of the nightshade family, which also include tomatoes, capsicum and the poisonous belladonna.
- They are called a root vegetable because they grow completely underground, with their plant leaves above the ground.
WHY ARE JACKET POTATOES SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- One cup of potato provides around 1/3 of your daily requirement of B6, which is important for brain cell and nervous system activity.
2- They are packed with potassium and copper meaning that they’re very good for energy, learning and concentration.
3- High levels of vitamin C mean that they’re powerful support for immunity and cell repair.
4- The high levels of potassium and magnesium reduce muscle cramps either at night or after exercising.
5- Potatoes are a high fibre food that offers significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as helping maintain bowel and colon health (provided they aren’t loaded with fat and cholesterol through cooking or food presentation!)
J is for jacket potato. Below we have a fun craft idea on how to make “Jacket Potato Mice” as well as a delicious, simple and allergy friendly recipe “Jacket Potato Bolognese” (gluten and dairy free!)… These are fun ways to celebrate jacket potatoes, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they’re so good for us and important in our diets!