Ways to eat cold potatoes on the paleo diet and still lose weight

My parents are gorgeous. No, really they are. They were “young” parents, typical of their generation, and had two kids before age 30. Because they were young, they prioritised their relationship with each other, and they also placed a high priority on looking good, which for them meant dressing nicely, being healthy and keeping to a slim weight*. We never ate cold potatoes back in the 80s, but we eat them now. Here’s why.

Paleo diets and cold potatoes

Yep, you heard me. My dad is now paleo. Mum also enjoys a mostly paleo diet, but she still eats the occasional croissant and hunk of sourdough. My dad does not – he calls all carbs “poison”, jokingly but I actually suspect that he takes this very seriously. On the paleo diet you restrict all carbs and eat food as close to its natural state as possible.

cold potatoes potato farming

But potatoes are off the table. Why?

According to The Paleo Diet.com “Almost all potato products have glycaemic indices that are substantially higher than sucrose (table sugar) or high fructose corn syrup.”

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This means that in effect, “eating potatoes is a lot like eating pure sugars, but even worse, in terms of the harm these starchy tubers do to our blood sugar levels.” So a baaad idea. But, apparently you CAN eat potatoes on the paleo diet – but only if they are COLD!

Cold potatoes are a source of resistant starch

“Resistant starch is a type of starch that is not digested in the stomach or small intestine, reaching the colon intact.  Thus, it “resists” digestion,” according to Dr Chris Kresser’s awesome website on reaching optimal health.

“The normal human gut has hundreds of bacterial species, some good and some not so good…These good bacteria “feed” on resistant starch and produce short chain fatty acids (through fermentation).” Cold potatoes are a great source of resistant starch. But how can you get more cold potatoes into your diet?

4 ways to eat cold potatoes when you’re on the paleo diet

Potato salad

cold potatoes potato salad

If I was not on a diet, I would use Mum’s recipe. God it’s good. It involves boiled, quartered potatoes (skin on), lots of eggy mayonnaise, green olives with pimentos and bacon. Yum. If you’re on paleo, try making it this way:

  • 5 boiled, quartered potatoes, left to cool
  • ½ cup of cottage cheese
  • 10 white cocktail onions, quartered
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • Splash of white wine vinegar
  • Lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste

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Potato fritters

cold potatoes potato fritters

Again these can be made healthily or unhealthily, so be careful. Here is how Alyce does potato fritters:

  • 3 boiled, cooled potatoes, grated coarsely
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of almond meal
  • Handful of chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

Method: combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well. Shape into patties, flour very lightly and place in fridge for 30 minutes. In a hot pan, cook them in batches, turning frequently to prevent them burning. Finish off under the grill. Allow to cool completly before eating, pat with a paper towel to remove any excess oil. Serve with your favourite paleo dip.

Lemony segments of potato, sliced into normal salads

cold potatoes rocket and potato salad

Another great way to eat cold potatoes is to par-boil them, then roast them (skin on, and quartered lengthways) with a bit of olive oil spray. Allow them to cool completely, then toss into a salad with rocket, pear and parmesan cheese. Bit of cracked black pepper and a squeeze of lemon will also work.

Potato skins

cold potatoes potato skins

There used to be this cheesy restaurant I would go to called Lone Star. One of the best things they served was potato skins. There are LOADS of recipes online for Paleo Sweet Potato Skins but if you want to use regular potatoes, make sure they cool first.

Method: Halve 6 large Desiree potatoes lengthways, leaving the skins on. Scoop out the flesh in the centre, leaving about ½ an inch of flesh. Bake in a med-hot oven for 40 minutes, brushing with coconut or olive oil. Allow to cool, sprinkle with salt.

*I didn’t want to include a real photo of my mum and dad (to maintain their privacy) but they look like this (they are in their early 60s) and my dad has lots more hair than this guy.

cold potatoes healthy paleo couple

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