This apple cinnamon potato bread can be ready in under an hour. It is moist, fluffy and full of healthy carbohydrates, making it an ideal choice for a post workout snack.
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Hey friends! Whew, it’s been a week. I’m coming out of fighting this cold and currently craving all the carbs. I’m hoping to get a good run in this weekend once I’m feeling closer to 100% (which hasn’t happened this week), so how appropriate that today’s recipe is perfect for after a run.
Let’s talk about the good ole’ potato
I’m no stranger to the game of sweet potatoes, but I feel like it’s easy to neglect the original gangster. I love the regular old spuds. Let’s talk for a minute about how potatoes somehow got a bad rap in the nutrition world – mainly due to french fries and it being a “white” food. But in reality, they are a very nutrient dense, healthy carbohydrate choice. Plus, there’s so many lovely choices to choose from – russets, reds, whites, purple, fingerling, etc. The list goes on, and it’s one heck of a list!
Also, potatoes are high in carbohydrates, which are a runner’s best friend. Since I had so much success and deliciousness with my sweet potato bread, I figured I would test my hand at some regular potato bread as a post workout snack. Have you ever had Martin’s potato rolls? They are delicious!
I know what you’re thinking….Potatoes in Bread??
Absolutely! They add a whole new dimension to the texture.
I was recently listening to a podcast on Rich Roll about a guy who ate nothing BUT potatoes for a year. While I would absolutely positively NEVER recommend just eating one food, the reason he chose potatoes was because they are basically a nutrition superstar.
Potatoes are nutrient-dense complex carbohydrates and more energy packed than other vegetables, meaning they provide A TON of necessary nutrients. Specifically, they offer the carbohydrates, potassium, and energy you need to perform your best. Since they are complex carbs, they release slowly into your bloodstream, allowing for sustainable energy that lasts.
We all think of bananas when we hear the word potassium, but did you know potatoes have even more potassium than bananas? Another great nutrient for after exercise.
So, What Should You Look For After Exercise?
This Apple Cinnamon Potato Bread fits the bill for a perfect post workout snack. As I’ve discussed previously, before a workout you want to focus on carbohydrates, for energy you can use for that upcoming workout. After a workout, the focus is on a combination of protein and carbohydrates. You want protein to replenish and repair the muscles you just broke down, and carbohydrates to replenish your glycogen (stored carbohydrate) stores so you can exercise again the following day.
Ideally, you want to have somewhere around a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. You want your post-workout food/drink to be lower in fat, though, because fat can help slow down carbohydrate absorption.
Specifically, you want..
At least 50 grams of carbohydrates. A slice of this bread has 52 grams.
10 or more grams of protein. There’s nearly enough in a slice of bread, but you can add more by topping it with yogurt or peanut butter, or having a glass of (chocolate) milk on the side!
<20% of total calories from fat. A slice of this bread has about 17% of calories from fat. As mentioned earlier, you want a little bit lower fat right after a workout so you can prioritize the carbohydrates.
Furthermore, this bread also contains sodium (269 mg) and potassium (475 mg), two electrolytes that are often lost through exercise.
So basically, this bread makes your life easy and has it all! Don’t forget to hydrate though! Pair it with some water to replenish your liquid stores.
This Apple Cinnamon Potato Bread is
Moist and tender
Full of fiber and complex carbohydrates
Soft and fluffy
Perfect for a pre or post workout snack
Great topped with peanut butter!
- 1 egg
- 1 cup cooked russet potatoes, mashed (about 2 medium)
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ⅓ cup plain greek yogurt (I used fat-free)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup oat flour (oats grinded into flour)
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 medium apples, diced
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- To a small bowl, add the egg, mashed potatoes, coconut oil, greek yogurt and maple syrup to a bowl. Whisk until combined.
- To another bowl, add flour, oat flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix the dry into the wet ingredients, folding the apples in last.
- Pour into loaf pan and bake for 47-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
What’s your favorite post-workout snack?