Happy St. Paddy’s Day (Baked Potatoes)

A guest post by Juliette Britton
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Growing up, St. Patrick’s Day was one of my favorite holidays.  I distinctly remember loading up on green frosted cookies and cupcakes…My eating habits have changed quite a bit since then, but I still enjoy a good ole fashioned slice of Irish Soda Bread.

This year we will are going out to dinner, but I thought I would take the opportunity to blog about a classic Irish meal: the hot potato bar!

Loaded baked potatoes can be a very healthy meal, you just have to select your toppings wisely.  Potatoes often get a bad rap because they are usually consumed as either potato chips or French fries.  However, baked potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and fiber.  Make sure to scrub your potatoes well and buy organic when possible (potatoes are one of the dirty dozen).

For the perfect baked potato, rinse the outside well with cold water and let it dry completely.   Puncture the potato several times, wrap it in foil, and place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes until tender.  You can also place your potatoes (wrapped in foil) in your slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on low*.
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Here is how I top my potato:

-1 ½ cup steamed broccoli

-6 oz Greek yogurt dip (1 tsp chopped garlic, fresh chives and a pinch of salt and pepper). I use this instead of sour cream; it packs on over 12 grams of protein (for 6 oz) and tastes amazing!

-1/4 cup cheddar cheese

-1 slice of crumbled beef bacon.  I don’t eat pork, but I do feel that one slice of beef bacon really adds a lot of flavor.  I found uncured beef bacon at Whole Foods; I was pleasantly surprised that it was lower in sodium than the turkey bacon (and frankly, it tastes so much better)!

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Please share your favorite potato topping.
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