Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? That creamy, butter-laden goodness topped with gravy is a Thanksgiving staple. But if you’re trying to live a more healthy life, you might feel like you should skip the whipped. Fear not, here are some tips for taking some of the bad out of the oh-so-good.
- Cauliflower – want to go all out? Replace the potatoes with cauliflower. Cut a cauliflower into small chunks and boil for about 10-15 minutes. Add low-fat cream cheese, a sprinkle of Parmesan, a pinch of garlic and salt and pepper. They’re smooth, creamy and virtually carb-free!
- Chicken Broth – instead of whole milk, cream or even half and half, try using low-sodium chicken broth. Add a couple tablespoons of low-fat sour cream for a creamy texture.
- Greek Yogurt – if your recipe calls for sour cream, consider swapping it out for fat free plain Greek yogurt. You can even use Greek yogurt in place of the butter. If you aren’t convinced, try trading at least half of your fattening ingredients with Greek yogurt. Your mashed potatoes will be smooth and super creamy.
- Sweet Potatoes – try using half sweet and half white potatoes for some added nutrition. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Plus, they’re a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.
- Skim Milk – if you’re going to use milk, avoid whole full-fat milk and use skim instead. Just this little change can dramatically reduce the calories in your mashed potatoes.
- Combine – if you’re not ready to completely take the plunge, you can incorporate several of these ideas into your potatoes. Combine potatoes AND cauliflower, use half sour cream and half Greek yogurt or if you’re not ready to give up your cream, use half cream, half low-fat milk.