3 Ways to Build a Healthier Baked Potato

Butter, shredded cheese, sour cream, and crispy bacon bits are so last month. Check out this trio of healthy alternatives for the traditional high-calorie, low-nutrition spud.

1. The Veggie-Topped Potato
Straight Up Food’s creamy broccoli sauce adds lusciousness without sour cream or full-fat yogurt. Top with shredded cheese, beans, or more chopped vegetables, and you’re set for dinner.

2. The Loaded Sweet
If you’re trying to make your baked potato healthy, a good place to start is substituting a sweet potato. This version from SkinnyTaste.com is full of chopped veggies, black beans for protein, Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and salsa.

3. Beans and Greens
Bake a sweet potato and pack it with sautéed kale, a can of white beans, and liberal seasonings of red pepper flakes, lemon, and rosemary. The Kitchn’s recipe yields a quick weeknight supper, and you can make it using fridge and pantry staples without a lot of fuss.

Photo credits (top to bottom): Straight Up Food; SkinnyTaste.com; The Kitchn

Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.

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