Potatoes often get a bad rap because they are usually consumed as either potato chips or French fries. However, baked potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and fiber.
Sweet potatoes are part of a modified ancestral diet as recommended by one of my health heroes, Chris Kresser.
Note: Make sure to scrub your potatoes well and buy organic when possible (potatoes are one of the dirty dozen).
For the perfect baked potato, rinse the outside well with cold water and let it dry completely. Puncture the potato several times, wrap it in foil, and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes until tender. You can also place your potatoes (wrapped in foil) in your slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on low*.
Here are some ideas to dress up your potato:
– 1 ½ cup steamed broccoli
– 6 oz Greek yogurt dip (1 tsp chopped garlic, fresh chives and a pinch of salt and pepper). I use this instead of sour cream; it packs on over 12 grams of protein (for 6 oz) and tastes amazing!
– 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
– 1 slice of crumbled beef bacon. I don’t eat pork, but I do feel that one slice of beef bacon really adds a lot of flavor. I found uncured beef bacon at Whole Foods; I was pleasantly surprised that it was lower in sodium than the turkey bacon (and frankly, it tastes so much better)!
– herbs like cilantro, rosemary, chives, or whatever flavors you love!
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