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What are some nutritious starch options?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2011 at 7:43 PM

In an effort to make my post-workout meal more variable I am looking for a list of tasty starches that are also nutritious. This would be something like sweet potatoes vs white rice (which gives starch/carbs but not much in the way of nutrients.) I eat a bunch of sweet potatoes and I like them, but I was hoping people have other ideas and/or recipes to incorporate them.

All I can come up with right now is sweet potatoes, potatoes, and squashes.

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on April 06, 2011
at 02:27 PM

brussels sprouts are a bit carby for a green veg - 5 or 6 of those "mini-cabbages" is 20-25g Net iirc.

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on April 05, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Japanese and Okinawan yams are my absolute favorite. Available in any Asian grocery.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 05, 2011
at 08:37 PM

not really significant sources of starch...but you can add them

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on April 05, 2011
at 08:21 PM

parsnip, carrot, beetroot too?

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on April 05, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I love taro chips! Gonna try the green plantains. Thx for the tip, Melissa :)

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on April 05, 2011
at 07:53 PM

OK, made a wiki

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on April 05, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Thanks for the link melissa. Would it be a good idea to have a running list in this thread like in the "Paleo acronym" thread?

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 05, 2011
at 07:45 PM

The Starch List Wiki (edit if you have privileges)

Easy to Find/Or Relatively Easy to Find in the US

  • Sweet potato (Ipomoea)
    • White
    • Orange
    • Purple
  • Yam (Dioscorea)
  • Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
  • Cassava/Yucca (Manihot)
  • Sago Palm (Metroxylon sagu)
  • Cocoyam/Malanga (Xanthosoma spp.)
  • Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
  • Plantain
  • Breadfruit
  • Chestnut
  • Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea)

Interesting, but Marginal

  • Acorns
  • Oca (Oxalis tuberosa)
  • Mashua (Mashua) *really bad for testosterone levels
  • Ulluco (Ullucus tuberosus)
  • Sunchoke (Helianthus tuberosus)*makes some people gassy
  • Camus Bulb (Camassia)
  • Plectranthus rotundifolius
  • Konjac (Amorphophallus konjac)
  • Psoralea esculenta
  • Pignut (Conopodium majus)
  • Polynesian Arrowroot (Tacca leontopetaloides )
  • Arracacia xanthorriza

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 05, 2011
at 07:53 PM

OK, made a wiki

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on April 05, 2011
at 08:21 PM

parsnip, carrot, beetroot too?

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on April 05, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Thanks for the link melissa. Would it be a good idea to have a running list in this thread like in the "Paleo acronym" thread?

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on April 05, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Japanese and Okinawan yams are my absolute favorite. Available in any Asian grocery.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 05, 2011
at 08:37 PM

not really significant sources of starch...but you can add them

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

(1164)

on April 05, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I love taro chips! Gonna try the green plantains. Thx for the tip, Melissa :)

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9dbfedbe21eae2a65093f8774ba8ad4d

on April 06, 2011
at 02:05 PM

If you can find Asian grocers, they usually have a wider range of interesting starches, like purple taro, white taro, different types of yam, sweet potato, squash etc. I occasionally steam or mash my sweet potatoes with coconut oil, or I make a 'sweet soup' with coconut milk and diced cooked sweet potatoes. It's more of a dessert really.

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on April 05, 2011
at 07:47 PM

i stay with three you mention at the end but you might consider:

pumpkin

turnip

rutabaga

parsnip

celery root

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 06, 2011
at 02:27 PM

brussels sprouts are a bit carby for a green veg - 5 or 6 of those "mini-cabbages" is 20-25g Net iirc.

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