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Smarter Eats: Top Your Baked Potato With Greek Yogurt

I love the flavor of sour cream on my baked potatoes but had sworn it off long ago thanks to its high saturated fat content. Lucky me — a friend taught me a new trick and introduced me to a sour cream substitute that mimics the flavor and richness of the potato topping perfectly. If you're not buying it, just hear me out. I made dinner recently for a group of friends, complete with a potato topping bar. When I swapped out the sour cream in place of non-fat Greek yogurt, not a single one of the guys at the party could tell the difference. I didn't reveal the truth about the healthy topper till the end of dinner, but no one had even suspected that the yogurt wasn't the real thing.

Since then, I've been absolutely addicted to the healthy treat — sweet potatoes topped with yogurt for lunch, a baked potato with yogurt and chives as a dinner side dish — absolutely guilt-free and super healthy. It's a nice way to keep the flavors of Thanksgiving around long after the holiday is over.

Just how healthy is this tater topper? Learn when you


A 6-ounce single serving of Fage non-fat Greek yogurt packs 15 grams of protein and only 90 calories, compared with regular sour cream, which contains 59 calories per ounce, as well as 5 grams of saturated fat, but no protein boost (less than a gram).

This time of year, I'm always craving comfort food, but this is one that only feels indulgent. And if baked potatoes aren't your thing, try mixing the yogurt into your mashed variety — makes them deliciously creamy and so rich-tasting.

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Dr-Potato Dr-Potato 7 years
My favorie toppings... fresh salsa or slther on some horseradish cream (it doesn't ake much to bring up the flavor profile)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Can you sub greek yogurt for sour cream in anything, including baking?
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've always subbed yogurt for sour cream because I think it actually tastes better. I like baked potatoes with yogurt and salsa on them...yummy!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Good idea.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Good idea.
sham28 sham28 7 years
Ok, so I just tried it- it is pretty close, just the yogurt is a little bit drier in consistency than sour cream so you may want to add just a splash of milk. It was tasty though, thanks for the recommendation.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
Baked potato, yogurt, a bit of salt, and some red chili powder = quick dinner, when I'm too lazy to do what I intended to do with the potato.
sham28 sham28 7 years
Thanks, I'll do this today! I've been staring longingly at potatoes in the grocery store since it got colder, but I knew that my love of sour cream would put me over the top when trying to have a healthy(ish) baked potato.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
have always done this. You can sub butter for plain yogurt in just about every recipe, esp potato recipes :feedme:
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
have always done this. You can sub butter for plain yogurt in just about every recipe, esp potato recipes :feedme:
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