Power Up with Power Foods: Baked Potatoes

Best ways to enjoy spuds, from simple to fancy.
Power Up with Power Foods Baked Potatoes
FAQs:

Q: How many PointsPlus® values are in a small cooked baked potato? What about a medium cooked baked potato?
A: 2 in a small; 4 in a medium

Q: How nutritious are white potatoes?
A: A medium potato contains almost 1 1/2 times the potassium of a banana and half your Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C. An unpeeled medium potato also contains 3 grams of fiber.

Q: Can I eat potatoes with green spots?
A: Potatoes turn green in spots due to excess exposure to light. The potato might taste bitter in those areas so it’s best to trim that part off.

Q: What’s the best way to split a baked potato?
A: To split open a baked potato, pierce it with a fork once in each direction so you form a “+ sign in the middle, on the top. Then just press in at both ends and it will split open. This helps keep the inside nice and fluffy.

Chili and Cheese Baked Potato
Chili and Cheese Baked Potato
PointsPlus values per serving: 4

Microwave 1/4 cup canned vegetarian chili until warm. Slice a small hot baked potato in half and top with chili; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons shredded low-fat cheddar cheese. Garnish with chopped scallions or chives.
Bacon and Cheddar Potato
Bacon and Cheddar Potato
PointsPlus values per serving: 4

Halve 1 small, warm baked potato and top each half with 1 tablespoon each low-fat cheddar cheese and 1/2 ounce diced Canadian bacon; broil in oven or toaster oven until cheese is bubbly. Top each half with 1 teaspoon light sour cream; garnish with chopped chives or scallions.
Broccoli and Cheddar Baked Potato
Broccoli and Cheddar Baked Potato
PointsPlus values per serving: 4

Cook 1/2 cup frozen chopped broccoli in microwave until tender; drain. Stir in 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese until melted; spoon over a small, warm, split baked potato and top with broccoli mixture. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons low-fat shredded cheddar cheese and microwave until cheese melts, about 30 seconds to 1 minute; sprinkle with salt, if desired.
Tangy Twice Baked Potato
Tangy Twice-Baked Potato
PointsPlus values per serving: 4

Halve 1 small, warm baked potato and scoop out flesh. Mash flesh with 2 tablespoons soft goat cheese and spoon back into skin. Top with 1 slice crumbled, cooked turkey bacon and broil in toaster oven until slightly browned; garnish with chopped chives and sea salt.
Pizza Potato
Pizza Potato
PointsPlus values per serving: 5

Split a small, warm baked potato in half; top with 3 tablepoons store-bought pizza sauce and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella and 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Broil in oven or toaster oven until cheese browns; garnish with fresh basil leaves and crushed red pepper flakes.

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