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The Baked Potato


Potatoes have a bad image because they have 26 grams of carbohydrates (for a medium potato). But potatoes are fat free, only 150 calories, and full of vitamin C and potassium.

To bake a potato: Preheat oven to 350° F. Wash and dry the potato; prick several times with a fork—this allows steam to escape.

If desired, rub potatoes very lightly with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt (this helps the skin become crispy, but isn’t essential).

Place potatoes in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until a fork can pierce into the center easily—about an hour, depending on the size of the potatoes. Cut in half or split open; add your favorite toppings.

The Top Toppers For Baked Potato Bar:

  • SALSA – fat free and only 10 calories
  • LOADED – butter, sour cream, bacon bits, chives and shredded cheese
  • POTATO POLLO – grilled onions and chicken strips
  • SPICY SPUD – a ladle of chili con carne, plus cheese and onions
  • PIZZA POTATO – pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms

 


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