Potato is a starchy vegetable scientifically called Solanum Tuberosum. A standard sized potato contains around 17g of carbs or 77 calories. It is fully loaded with Vitamin C which acts as an anti-oxidant, Iron; which is a chief constituent of hemoglobin and helps in carrying blood to all parts of body; Potassium, Vitamin B-complex and other minerals. It also contains starch and fibers which assist you in your digestion process, giving you a healthier heart and life.
Mouth watering and scrumptious food items are on the rise. Nowadays, many renowned chefs and cooks have developed recipes that incorporate healthy vegetables. The recipes are designed for both weight watchers as well as weight gainers.
IN A 1/2 CUP SERVING SIZE OF MASHED POTATOES, THE CALORIES IN A MASHED POTATO RANGES FROM 100 TO 200 CALORIES PER 1/2 CUP OF SERVING.
Baked Potato Nutrition
Baked potatoes can be very helpful if you are among the weight gainers but an awful idea if you have joined the club of weight watchers.
Potato, when uncooked, contains 77 calories but when it is baked, calories in a baked potato increases up to 93 calories. Likewise, a raw potato contains 17g of carbs, and a baked potato contains 21g of carbs. The number of calories in a potato raises when it is baked. Perhaps, the sum of calories can be escalated up to 150 calories depending on the size of a potato.
The amount of calories that should be taken daily for an average male adult should be up to 2500 calories and for an average female adult it should be 2000 calories.
Who should eat Baked Potatoes?
Baked potatoes are the best choice for weight gainers because of its high content of calories. But for those who are on a diet should definitely cut off their calorie intake and are supposed to look after the amount of calories present in every food they consume.
Too many calories can be harsh for anyone’s health as it increases the risk of cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, obesity that even leads to cancer.
Twice Baked Potatoes
When the potatoes are baked twice then the number of its calories increases as the heating process escalates. These calories increase up to 295 calories per potato. And apparently eating baked potato that is baked twice is a horrible idea for those who are on a diet.
How to make mashed potatoes?
There are thousands of ways to eat baked and mashed potatoes. Heaps of ingredients can be used with a potato because it is the sort of vegetable that fits happily and tastes divine with everything; giving you a healthier and scrumptious foodstuff.
You can find some yummy and appetizing ways to eat potatoes as appetizer, main course, sideline or salad.
- Mashed potatoes can be eaten with butter, sour cream, every type of cheese, Italian herbs, oregano, rosemary, thyme and parsley. Smash the potatoes and put any of the ingredients of your choice. Multiple ingredients means multiple choices.
- Different vegetables can also be used to augment its nutritional value. Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, onions, bell peppers, lemon, tomatoes and green onions tastes great with baked potatoes. Add seasoning such as salt and black pepper and your salad is ready.
- Even mushrooms, chicken, sausages, pepperoni and tuna can also be loaded inside your mouthwatering baked potato. Scoop out the potato from the center and mix it with any of the above meat. Fill the baked potato with mushroom, chicken, sausages or tuna filling. Sprinkle cheese if you are not on a diet and then bake it for another 5 mins or until cheese melts. (Weight watchers- Just stay away from this recipe)
- To make a salad corns, pineapple, cherry tomatoes and several more vegetables can be pooled together with baked potatoes using different spices to enhance your taste buds.
- Baked mashed potatoes can be severed along the main course as a sideline or as a salad. For example, the taste of beef or chicken steak can be enhanced with baked or boiled vegetables.
- To cut down the starch content of potato you can also make hash browns by squeezing out the excessive starch and then roast the potato or they can also be eaten as wedges with skin or without skin.