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Topped Potatoes

Topped potato

Sour cream or butter taste delicious on baked potatoes, but they come with a price: Both contain saturated fat and cholesterol. Here's a healthy, and tasty, alternative topping for your next baked potato.


  • 4 small russet potatoes

  • 1 15.5-ounce can black beans

  • 8 tablespoons bottled salsa, mild, medium, or hot

  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced


Wash potatoes and prick with a fork. Bake or microwave according to preference. When done, split potatoes lengthwise.

Rinse black beans thoroughly and heat if desired. Spoon beans evenly over potatoes, about 1/3 cup of beans per serving. Put 2 tablespoons of salsa on each potato. Divide avocado into four pieces for garnish.

NOTE: You can spray a little olive oil on the potatoes to keep them moist while cooking. For extra zest, squeeze a clove of garlic through a press to mix with the salsa.

Serves four

Each contains about 307 calories, 11 g protein, 8 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 54 g carbohydrates, 13 g fiber, and 552 mg sodium.