Group Forum: Can you leave potatoes out?

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westcoastbro...

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 00:09
I've been trying to find an assortment of decent foods for snacking. I don't schedule snacks, but I want to be able to pick some OK ones when I have that urge, for me usually about 3-4pm at work.

I've got canned split pea soup at work. Low sodium, 150 calories per can, VERY filling due to the high fiber content. But it gets old. No other canned soup that I've found is vegetarian and 150 or fewer calories for the whole can.

I nuked some russet potatoes earlier today and left 'em on the counter. I forgot them, didn't put in the fridge right away after dinner. Spied one just now and scarfed it down. Yummy. A 4 oz white potato with skin has 2.5g fiber (filling) and only 75 calories.

I'd LOVE to keep some at work but - how long can you keep them at room temp? Before cooking, it's weeks..then they grow eyes. But once cooked, do they spoil faster?
DebCinIL

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 07:37
Yes, they will spoil faster. How about apples and pears? They are full of fiber and seem to get me over the afternoon hump. If I don't have a snack in the afternoon I will attempt to eat everything in sight when I get home. I usually choose fruit just because it is easy to tote. I keep it on my desk in plain view so I'm more likely to eat it when I get the hungries.
I am not on a diet - I have changed the way I eat.
PreDiabSarge

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 08:56
I make my own mixture of nuts and dried fruit and make sure I only bring in one portion to work (otherwise I'd eat more.) Since I love chocolate, I throw in a few dark chocolate covered pomegranites to help satisfy that urge as well.
westcoastbro...

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 09:46
We have a fruit basket in the department all the time, and I used to eat from it - apples, pears, bananas, oranges. But fruit is very sweet and high in sugars, and it seems to start my "sweet tooth" craving. I only eat fruit with a larger meal, so I'm already eating enough to "fill" me. We're all different - sweets are my weakness. 100 calories of potato has 1g sugar, 100 calories of fruit is 11-12 grams, and that seems to be enough. But if I eat one apple...I won't stop until I've had all five in the fruit basket, and I don't have room for 800 extra calories!

So how long will a cooked tater last? I suppose an alternative is to keep them uncooked...and nuke 'em when I want one. But I sure do like them when they've cooled to room temperature.
DebCinIL

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 12:07
I agree with you about the sugar content in fruit. It can add up the calories quickly, even if it is a healthier choice that other snacks.

Why don't you nuke it in the morning while you are getting ready for work and take a fresh one with you every day. Or put a couple in the fridge and take one out in the morning to take to work. By break time it will be room temp.

Any way you look at it, it's not worth risking food poisoning for the sake of convenience. With a little planning you could have your tater fix everyday. "They call me tater salad" (comic White - from Blue Collar Comedy)
I am not on a diet - I have changed the way I eat.
westcoastbro...

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Posted: 13 Apr 2012, 09:57
I like that idea. I'll nuke a spud in the morning and just bring with me to work.

I did a web search on storing potatoes. Interesting. My mom always left them out on the counter overnight, possibly why I prefer them at room temperature. But, per the FDA website, potatoes can grow botulism faster than meat! Before cooking, they're still alive and, therefore, acidic. This is why they keep so well. When you cook them, you kill them, and now they're PH-neutral, a fertile bed for things to grow in.

One nuked tater in my lunch today.

I'm old, and and as I've aged, I've learned that I must avoid concentrated calories. Several years ago, I weaned myself off of mayo sauces and other high-oil sauces - had to, if I had any chance to lose weight. So, things like potato salad don't appeal any more. The blessed part of all this is that I so much treasure the clean, slightly sweet taste of a simple potato. Particularly a small red potato, freshly pulled from the garden. Nothing better!
DebCinIL

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Posted: 14 Apr 2012, 08:30
I like to grill the red ones. I cut them in half and precook in the microwave about half way. Then I put the cut side down on the grill, away from the flame (indirect heat) and let them get all crispy while the rest of the meal cooks. When they are are done they are like little grilled potato skins with great flavor and texture.

As for my former love...Mayo...I've weaned off of that in favor of spicy brown mustard. It adds an amazing and satisfying zing and I hardly miss the mayo at all.

I'm glad you found a solution to your snacking. Being mindful of the triggers is a huge step in the battle. I wish you the very best!

Deb
I am not on a diet - I have changed the way I eat.