111 Calories in a Baked Potato

Good Morning,

 

Spaghetti dinners are a great idea if you understand where the calories and fat come from… and we know it’s not the pasta or the tomato sauce. So… let’s consider another meal possibility.

 

How about a medium potato for dinner? That would be 160 calories but if you add on tablespoon of butter you have 260 calories. Oh… you say you want an ounce of cheese? Oops… your low calorie potato is up to 375 calories. Oh my… I don’t even want to ask about the sour cream and bacon bits. Loaded baked potatoes contain ALL of these ingredients.

 

Calories per item

Total Cumulative calories

Baked potato-medium

160

160

1 tbsp. butter

100

260

1 oz. cheddar cheese

115

375

2 tbsp sour cream

46

421

1 tbsp bacon bits

33

454

 

Hmmm… let’s reconsider this. How about some vegetarian chili on our potato or some salsa or maybe a favorite “no oil” salad dressing or possibly some Faux Parmesan? I think we can imagine some great potato toppings without spending our calories on high calorie, high fat foods. (You could put one more than one of these toppings but these are usually used as single toppings and are listed that way).

 

Calories per item

Total Calories per item

Baked potato-medium

160

160

½ cup Vegetarian chili

85

245

½ cup salsa

40

200

2 tbsp no-oil dressing

40

200

2 tbsp Faux Parmesan

66

226

 

Another important point is that those carbohydrates (whole wheat spaghetti and potatoes) cannot directly add to our fat stores. The carbohydrates must be changed into fats and some calories are used up in the process. The fat that we add to those foods, however, can easily,easily, easilybecome stored because no change is required – yikes! It makes me shudder to think about that and it also makes me want to…

 

Choose Well

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