Back-to-school season happened early to us this year, Gwen’s school started classes last June 7. I now have a 1st grader! She’s excited with everything… her school service, her new school, her big stroller bag, and her new school schedule. Back in her Preparatory days, she’s at school for only 3 hours and she only brought snacks as her baon, mostly biscuits or sandwiches. But now that she’s in Grade 1, she’s at school until 2 pm. During the first week, her baon were biscuits or sandwiches for recess, and a rice meal for lunch. I was surprised to see her snack/lunch box wiped out, and looks like she wanted more because she’ll go straight to the fridge once she gets home. Her yaya said that maybe Gwen’s baon is not enough, and I have to include a more filling baon for her. And when it comes to a filling baon, potatoes always come to mind. I keep a stash of US Potatoes Hash Browns in the freezer because we love them for breakfast. Jeff and I also grab one of these to keep us satiated while on a 2-hour commute to work. Gwen loves the hash browns extra crispy!
I thought since we’re already cooking hash browns for breakfast, why not make it as Gwen’s baon too. It’s also very timely because July is Nutrition Month. In her old school, kids are not allowed to bring processed foods as baon to observe Nutrition Month. They were given a checklist of allowed foods to bring such as fruits and vegetables including potatoes. Well, that was easy. All kids love potatoes, good for us parents because our kids get the nutritional benefits that potatoes has to offer. Here are some of them:
- Potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium & energy kids need to perform at their best. Potatoes are energy-packed and even have more potassium than a banana. Having potatoes as baon especially during PE day will keep our kids bustling with energy.
- Potatoes are vitamin-enriched. Potatoes are excellent source of Vitamin C. This is a revelation for me, I thought citrus fruits are the only ones high in Vitamin C. Typically, a 100-gram potato will contain about 17 mg of Vitamin C. In addition, they also contain iron, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin A, B, and P.
- Potatoes help in the proper functioning of the brain. The brain depends largely on the glucose level, oxygen supply, various components of the vitamin-B complex and certain hormones, amino acids and fatty acids like omega-3.
- Potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber. It provides 8% of the recommended daily value of fiber which is important for growth, development and overall health of children.
- Potatoes are a naturally fat-free and sodium-free vegetable. According to the 2010 Dietary guidelines by the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services, potatoes have no cholesterol or saturated fat.
Now that we know that potatoes are nutrient-dense, let’s try to incorporate it more in their school snacks or lunches. Try adding another fruit or vegetable in your child’s potato baon. Research showed that when potatoes are served, a wider variety of vegetables are consumed.
It’s avocado season and I have a few ripe ones so I made a US Potatoes Hash Brown with Avocado and Poached Egg for Gwen’s baon. If you’re into Paleo diet, this one’s for you too.
US Potatoes Hash Brown with Avocado and Poached Egg Recipe
2 pcs. US Potatoes Hash Brown
1 small avocado, pitted and sliced
2 poached eggs
salt and pepper to taste
- In a small non-stick pan, put a small amount of oil. Fry the US Potatoes Hash Brown until golden brown.
- In a separate pot, heat the water until bubbles start to appear. Add salt, stir the water before putting the egg. Cook for 3 minutes, and drain in paper towel.
- Arrange the hash browns in your kids’ lunchboxes. Top it with avocado slices, salt, and pepper.
Instead of poached egg, you can use sunny-side up egg over easy.
You don’t have to cook the same potato everyday though. This is what I like about US Potatoes, they are available in wide varieties such as wedges, straight-cut, chips, twister fries, basket weave, and hash brown. Just look for the frozen section in the grocery like this one here in SM Makati…
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Here are other baon ideas using US Potatoes from my #KumareBloggers: