In many families, mashed potatoes are a staple of winter holiday celebrations and a classic comfort food. Unfortunately, the carbohydrate-laden potatoes and saturated fat in the butter and cream do not make the dish the most heart-healthy choice. Additionally, the sodium typically in the dish can contribute to high blood pressure. Try one of these ways to get the comfort of the dish, without the calories, sodium, and harmful fats.
- Look for recipes that use a different vegetable in place of potatoes. Cauliflower and zucchini are common choices. These vegetables can be cooked and mashed and spiced similarly to mashed potatoes. When looking for recipes, select ones that use healthier oils such as olive oil and watch out for the cream content.
- If you stick with potatoes for the dish, there are things you can do to cook a more heart-healthy version. Use fat-free evaporated milk to make creamy mashed potatoes. Use low-sodium chicken broth and roasted fresh garlic (or garlic powder) to give them a little more flavor.