Baked potatoes are one of our favorite jumping off points for loads of healthy eating recipes. Low in fat and calories, packed with potassium, and rich in fiber when consumed with their skins, potatoes have a mellow flavor that makes them the perfect base for a variety of healthy toppings. We like to add flavorful veggie salsas, Greek yogurt with a pinch of fresh herbs, or even a clean eating chili. Baked potato recipes abound, and the perfect, slow cooked baked potato is something we can’t live without.
Because a slow cooker heats food at a low temperature for a long period of time, it allows your ingredients to become tender, with a texture that falls off the fork and melts in your mouth. But our favorite part about slow cookers is the ease. Simply add your potatoes to the slow cooker with some olive oil and a pinch of salt, set the cooker, and go about your day while your potatoes bake to perfection.
We like to use Russet potatoes for baking, because they have a high starch content which allows them to bake up light and fluffy. Yellow potatoes hold their shape better, but Russets are perfect for baking and mashing, as their texture mixes with toppings and add-ons to create a flavorful meal.
What are some of your favorite, healthy baked potato recipes? Let us know in the comments section!
Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 potato | Calories: 84 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 5 mg | Carbohydrates: 19 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 2 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2
- 3 large Russet potatoes, rinse well and pat dry
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Prick each potato with a fork on each side. Rub the oil on the potatoes then sprinkle with salt. Wrap each potato in foil and place in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or high 4-6 hours, or until tender.
- Remove potatoes from slow cooker, carefully remove foil and slice down the middle lengthwise.
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