May 17, 2024

Baked potatoes are a quick and nutritious meal option. Explore these exciting topping ideas for your next baked potato!

Have baked potatoes fallen off your radar? With all the trendy cauliflower rice bowls, it’s easy to forget about this classic comfort food. But baked potatoes are unbeatable – warm, satisfying, and ideal for a chilly night. They’re surprisingly affordable and healthy too!

Worried about carbs? Don’t be! While some avoid potatoes, they’re a great source of vitamin C (immunity booster) and potassium (healthy blood pressure). Plus, the skin offers fiber, which can aid weight management according to EatingWell. For just about 50 cents a potato, you can’t beat the value!

The real problem isn’t the potato itself, but the unhealthy toppings we often load it with. Let’s ditch the excessive butter and sour cream, and get creative with healthy options! Learn how to bake perfect potatoes [here], then explore these delicious and nutritious toppings:

Healthy Baked Potato Toppings

  1. Ham & Broccoli
    • 1/2 cup cooked broccoli florets
    • 3 tablespoons diced ham (heated)
    • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
    • ¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (495 calories, 24g protein)
  2. Italian Veggie
    • ¼ cup chopped zucchini (cooked with diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning)
    • ¼ cup shredded Italian cheese (394 calories, 15g protein)
  3. Cottage Cheese & Roasted Tomato
    • ½ cup roasted cherry tomatoes (in olive oil)
    • ¼ cup cottage cheese
    • 1 teaspoon chives (fresh, snipped) (425 calories, 16g protein)
  4. Bacon & Avocado
    • 2 slices cooked bacon
    • ¼ avocado
    • 2 tablespoons salsa
    • 2 tablespoons shredded Colby Jack cheese (508 calories, 18g protein)
  5. Marinara Meat Sauce
    • 2 ounces lean ground beef (cooked with mushrooms and pasta sauce)
    • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese (447 calories, 22g protein)

Light & Flavorful Options

  1. Scallion-Ranch
    • 1 tablespoon low-fat ranch dressing
    • 2 teaspoons chopped scallions (322 calories, 8g protein)
  2. Tomato-Pesto
    • 1 tablespoon prepared pesto
    • 1 small plum tomato (chopped) (368 calories, 9g protein)
  3. Creamy Horseradish
    • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream mixed with 1/2 teaspoon horseradish (321 calories, 9g protein)
  4. Creamy Chive
    • 1 tablespoon low-fat cottage cheese (pureed)
    • 2 teaspoons fresh chives (chopped) (302 calories, 9g protein)
  5. Tex-Mex
    • 1 tablespoon refried beans
    • 1 tablespoon salsa
    • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro (chopped) (310 calories, 9g protein)

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