If our Little Potatoes came with a tag stamped on them, it would read: “Do eat.”
That’s right, folks, baked potatoes are on the famed low-carb Atkins Diet Do Eat list. Clocking in at 20 calories fully dressed, Creamers are fat-, cholesterol- and gluten-free yet loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, potassium and fiber that fuel healthy energy.
If our Little Potatoes could talk, they’d say, “Don’t blame me!” And they’d be right. Creamers, by nature, are healthy and nutritious. It’s the toppings we pile on them that add diet-busting calories. No matter—there are plenty of low-cal, scrumptious dressings, spices, herbs and dips to enhance Creamers. Just follow the wellness mantra: Go for flavor.
Here are a few ideas:
At 25 calories per tablespoon, hummus is a classic Middle Eastern spread made of mashed chickpeas, one of the best legumes. Tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic add zip.
Try a cup of your favorite salsa with reduced-fat Monterey Jack Cheese (one ounce); sprinkle with chopped green onions. If you like it spicy, add diced jalapeños. About 100 calories.
Dried or fresh, herbs add interest and complexity, but virtually zero calories. Try our pre-mixed Microwave Ready options. Or steam/microwave your Creamers, then toss in olive oil and your favorites clipped from the garden. One classic combo: rosemary with roasted garlic; squeeze a little fresh lemon over the top.
Velvety, grassy and sweet avocados are high in “good fat” that lowers cholesterol—just eat in moderation. Top Creamers with diced avocados (50 calories per 2 Tbps); add salsa and black beans for a tasty medley.
Green ‘n fiery
Cover steamed Little Potatoes with 1 cup of cooked broccoli florets and grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 Tbsp). Sprinkle with crushed red peppers. About 100 calories.
What’s your low-cal Little Potato topper tip?
Image Credit: I Love Vegan
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