Most may see this vegetable as an oddly shaped, starch-packed powerhouse, with some carbs thrown in for good measure, but there is some nutritional value to acknowledge.
Potatoes are dense with nutrients, meaning their calories have a solid purpose. One baking potato has about six grams of fiber, and because the veggie is half-insoluble and half-soluble, your digestion will slow a bit, making you fuller longer while lowering your cholesterol. Actually, white potatoes have just about every nutrient besides vitamin A.
You can eat easy knowing one baked potato offers 20 percent of your daily recommended B6 value, and is high in potassium and iron, which make your heart very happy.
It's the savory toppings that detract from all that is wholly nutritious.
That being said, it's also fall and the absolute perfect time (and excuse) for comfort food. Since potatoes are in-season, let out your inner creative food critic. These additives may not do much for counting calories, but hey, the baseline nutritional benefits are still there. They're just hiding under that bacon—oh, and those pizza toppings.
Bake potatoes for 30 minutes, or until tender, at 400 degrees F.
Toss in: grated cheddar, sour cream, chopped chives and more cheese, for good measure.
Toss in: ground beef cooked in tomato sauce with brown sugar, vinegar, onion, bell peppers and olive oil.
Toss in: butter, cooked bacon and black pepper, and top with a fried egg.
Toss in: tomato sauce, mozzarella, sliced pepperoni, Parmesan and oregano.
Toss in: diced tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil and salt.
Toss in: cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers and minced red onion.
Toasted Marshmallow (use a sweet potato)
Toss in: butter, mini marshmallows and cinnamon and sugar.
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