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health and wellness: better baked potato

Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 08:01AM

Do you love baked potatoes? One way to help boost the nutrition is to swap out the russet potato, which has a NuVal score of 99, with a sweet potato that has a NuVal score of 100. Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, and they are rich in vision-protecting vitamin A and potassium. A diet rich in potassium can help reduce your blood pressure.

In the place of butter (NuVal score 3), which is high in saturated fat, use foods high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat like avocado (NuVal score 88), canola oil (NuVal score 32) and pesto. Remember, all fat in moderation!

Try fat-free plain Greek yogurt in the place of sour cream. Fat-free Greek yogurt will be lower in fat with a boost of calcium and protein.

Skip the bacon and add roasted vegetables, arugula or baby spinach. Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, and they are low in fat. This will add a boost of flavor without all the fat.

Instead of piling on cheddar cheese, try strong-flavored cheese like feta or Parmigiano-Reggiano. With stronger flavored cheese, you only have to add a small amount to get a lot of flavor.

Put rosemary, basil or roasted garlic on your potato instead of sprinkling salt. This will add flavor without sodium.

Try these simple swaps for building a better potato.

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