A loaded baked potato can be a heavy dish, or it can be a healthy, easy meal. It all depends on the toppings that you choose.
Sure, if you smother your potatoes in cheese, bacon, and butter that loaded baked potato can be pretty unhealthy, but there are lots of lighter options to pile onto those spuds. One medium baked potato with the skin on has just 110 calories and is naturally fat free. It’s also sodium- and cholesterol-free food that’s high in vitamin C and a good source of potassium.
Next time you need a quick, easy supper that’s healthy to boot grab yourself a potato and load ‘er up with some of these healthy toppings!
Pile on the protein, fiber, and the flavor! Sriracha is an Asian chili sauce that you you can find in the grocery aisle at most supermarkets. Don’t worry – if you can’t find Sriracha, we have you covered with a substitution.
Instead of traditional cheddar, this baked potato recipe heaps on tomato, onion, olives, oregano and a little bit of feta cheese for a tasty, healthy meal.
Who says white potatoes are the only ones you can load up for a healthy meal? Bake or microwave a sweet potato, and make it a meal with savory sausage and slightly sweet apple.
Sweet potatoes are even great with more standard toppings. Check out this lightened up version using Greek yogurt, reduced fat cheese, black beans, and plenty of spices for a plate full of flavor without all of the fat and calories. Image Source: Skinny Taste
Why are hot dogs the only ones that get to be loaded up Chicago style? The recipe linked above is for topping a hot dog, but those same toppings are delicious on a baked potato. If this recipe makes you miss the dog, try adding a sliced veggie dog to keep things light. Image Source: The Paupered Chef
Another vegetable-topped potato? Yes! Roasting vegetables brings out a sweet, smoky flavor that’s a perfect complement to a potato. This recipe uses crunchy walnuts and sweet raisins for a filling, tasty dish. Image Source: My Recipes
Looking for a little bit of spice? Top that spud with a heap of Indian-style curried cauliflower. This recipe calls for asafoetida, an Indian spice. If you can’t find it in the spice aisle, just use a pinch of garlic powder and a pinch of onion powder as a substitute. Image Source: Chef In You
Caramelized onions are a little bit different from just sauteed onions. Instead of frying them up fast and hot, you cook them slowly over low heat to bring out that onion’s natural sugars. Heap those onions onto your spud, then add half a cup of steamed broccoli and a dollop of Greek yogurt. Image Source: Simply Recipes