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I REALLY need to up the potassium in my diet and I've heard baked potatoes are wonderful for this. However, I was wondering if there was any other way to jazz up a baked potato without butter, cheese or sour cream.

Please Note:

  • I refuse to use lowfat dairy because I would rather eat a plain potato than waste my calories on something I HATE the flavor of.
  •  I will not use margrine, fake butter sprays or anything so blatenly artifical and chemicalized.
  • I also cannot have most nuts, shellfish, gluten, soy or artifical sweeteners.

I want to make my potatos as healthy and natural as I can.

Thanks!

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Go for the classic salt and pepper, maybe? Try using sea salt. Also, I absolutely LOVE paprika on my baked potatoes (cayenne if I'm feeling particularly spicy that day). Lemon pepper is another good flavor on potatoes.

I use plain greek yogurt instead of Sour Cream and a little margarine.

Lemon or any other acid....maybe a wine vinegar, spring onion and in that vein caramalized onion, roasted garlic. Herbs are great like tarragon, sorrel, corriander. Spices like curries that can be added to mashed potato.......blends of root veg like turnip, carrots, sweet potato.............imagination is your friend.

baked beans, chicken, tomato sauce with herbs, mashed peas, salad, any mixture of spices/herbs. There are LOTS of options. Think of something you would have for a meal, and tweak it as a potato filling.

 

I just had a thought, maybe I could eat the potato covered in my morning cup of cottage cheese. I've found that cottage cheese is a great substitue for other dairy. Also, since I already consume it on most days, it would be the same as adding a plain baked potato to my diet.

Cottage cheese is great on a baked potato!  I would eat that even when I wasn't watching calories.  Salsa is also used as a topping on baked potatoes....and it has very few calories.

I also really like the Green Giant Brocolli and Cheese sauce steamers.  I just dump the whole thing on the potato.

Wet the potato skin and completely cover in coarse kosher salt. It will look like entirely too much salt. Don't wrap the potato, just plop it on the rack. After it's done, give it a smack to pop out of the skin. It won't explode, don't worry. You can eat the skin if you want, but I don't when cooked this way. The salt flavor will penetrate without being extreme.

Have you tried herbs or spices? Some of these blend with one another, but not all. You should try chives, rosemary, bay, onion, garlic, parsley, coriander (called cilantro sometimes), or cloves.

Do you dislike the taste of potato? I find straight up salt and nothing else tastes delicious. I don't like butter/sour cream on my potato.

I've always put plain yogurt on mine (yes, I use fat-free, but because I don't like the taste of milk-fat.  Grew up on skim dairy.  Use regular if you like it better).  Cottage cheese sounds good, too, though.

Mom likes salsa on hers.

I would think something like grilled onions and/or mushrooms would be good, and I think I saw an episode of that restaurant-rescue show with the blond, profanity-spewing, British chef guy where a girl topped baked potatoes with roasted vegetables and a little grated cheese. 

We used to use brewer's yeast to simulate cheese powder on popcorn--that might be good on a potato, too.

Bacon bits or a little chopped sausage (browned and drained well).

Chili (make it with very lean beef, bison, turkey, or chicken).

why even bother eating potatoes if you don't really like them? they don't taste very good and they basically turn to sugar in the body which will cause a spike and crash in your energy (not to mention a potential increase in your waistline)... some people love them. I'm not one of them. I think they are a useless cheap "food" source, and there's much better things out there. Sweet potatoes are the lesser of the evils, but if you want a real treat try mashed or roasted butternut squash!! YUM

tomatoes, winter squash (spaghetti, butternut, acorn), avocado, spinach and bananas are all MUCH tastier options for potassium

or how about just straight potassium?? you can buy it as a substitute for salt, or even get half salt half potassium blend to help reduce your sodium intake.

 

I use cottage cheese if I have baked potatoes. Tasty and good for you!

Salsa is really good on baked potatoes.  And if you have time, bake the potato in the oven or on the bbq rather than using a microwave as the flavour and texture is way better.  My kids used to like having a baked potato topped with low fat refried beans and salsa.

I like A-1 sauce with sauteed onions.  With a dollop of lite sour cream or some shredded cheese.  Yum.

(sadly I cannot have baked potatoes right now due to my kidney problem - need to keep potassium down - can't wait until I can have potassium again though!  I miss bananas, potatoes, spinach, etc etc!!)

salt and pepper and garlic powder.

Another vote for trying some salsa.  Also hummus is great on baked potatoes.

Eggplants have plenty of potassium too. I like slicing them and using the slices as a pizza base. Also great for adding to pasta, stir fries, moussaka, or just plain grilled as a side (goes great with some tomato sauce)...

Original Post by carmenxox:

why even bother eating potatoes if you don't really like them? they don't taste very good and they basically turn to sugar in the body which will cause a spike and crash in your energy (not to mention a potential increase in your waistline)... some people love them. I'm not one of them. I think they are a useless cheap "food" source, and there's much better things out there. Sweet potatoes are the lesser of the evils, but if you want a real treat try mashed or roasted butternut squash!! YUM

tomatoes, winter squash (spaghetti, butternut, acorn), avocado, spinach and bananas are all MUCH tastier options for potassium

or how about just straight potassium?? you can buy it as a substitute for salt, or even get half salt half potassium blend to help reduce your sodium intake.

 

 Don't miscontrue this as a "I hate how potatoes taste but I want to eat them to up my potassium" post. I LOVE my potatoes. Its the Irish in me! I just want some ideas to jazz them up a bit. 

I will try sweet potatoes again, but I never liked them in the past (too sweet and the texture is weird). I LOVE tomoatoes, squash, avocado, and spinach. However, I have a hard time finding tomatoes and squash that don't taste like wood, I can't find avocado at all (apparently most of the avocados the markets in my area area is getting are completely rotten on the inside), and the spinach is very bitter. I probably need to go to the farmer's market, but that doesn't help me during the upcoming winter.

I really wish I just had my own little green house where I could have fresh veggies year round.

I have been thinking about taking magnesium and potassium suppliments, but I do not need to reduce my sodium intake, I have low blood pressures as it is. When I've tried that in the past, I kept having near fainting spells.

Eat the skin with the potato and the extra fiber will help blunt the sugar thing.  Potatoes have far too much going for them to give them up for that reason (dressing them with a little fat also helps blunt the sugar effect).

I never liked sweet potatoes because everyone here does the sugary casserole thing, which, sorry, is disgusting.  I cube them, parboil them, and then roast the chunks in a pan with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne, and sliced onions.  Try savory instead of sweet.

 

Original Post by ootek:

Eat the skin with the potato and the extra fiber will help blunt the sugar thing.  Potatoes have far too much going for them to give them up for that reason (dressing them with a little fat also helps blunt the sugar effect).

I never liked sweet potatoes because everyone here does the sugary casserole thing, which, sorry, is disgusting.  I cube them, parboil them, and then roast the chunks in a pan with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne, and sliced onions.  Try savory instead of sweet.

 

 It makes me sad when my mom peels potatoes before boiling them to mash. I LOVE potato skins. I always eat my potato skin (unless it is burnt or otherwise cooked to a state of inedibility).

I'll have to try the savory version of sweet potatoes. Maybe I'll take a fancy to mashed sweet potatoes.

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