Amping up Your Baked Potato
Vegetarian Chili – Packed with fiber and protein, vegetarian chili on a baked potato can make for a satisfying meal. Make your own from fresh ingredients rather than using canned chili for the healthiest result. Much healthier than beef, 1 cup of kidney beans provides over 13 grams of protein as well as over 13 grams of fiber. The tomato, pepper and onions, and any other veggies you decide to add, will supply abundant phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals for minimal calories.
Mexican-Style – Black beans, salsa and guacamole are delicious as well as nutritious toppings for a baked potato. Black beans are loaded with antioxidants, fiber and protein. Salsa is low in calories and high in antioxidants. Guacamole supplies heart-healthy fats along with fiber, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin and beta-carotene. Consuming high-fiber foods may help reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases.
Hummus – Not just for dipping carrots and crackers, hummus can make a flavorful dressing for a baked potato. You can quickly and easily make hummus in a food processor with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and spices, or you can purchase it pre-made at the store — but look out for extra fat and sodium in store-bought hummus. Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and fiber, while the tahini — sesame seed paste — offers healthful fats. Spoon a few dollops on your potato in place of sour cream.