Kids who are involved in the food preparation and cooking process are more likely to taste and try new foods because they take pride and ownership in their results. If you feel pressed for time balancing work and family life, spending time after work in the kitchen prepping dinner can be a great bonding experience for young kids and parents. A family-style potato bar allows kids to experiment with different flavors and toppings and family members can tailor their spud to their own taste preferences.This concept works with both sweet potatoes or russet potatoes. Either bake them in the oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour until they stick easily with a fork,or take a short cut and microwave on high for about 10 minutes, flipping when halfway done. Don’t forget to pierce the skins with a fork before cooking, regardless of preparation method.
When done, allow family members to doctor their potato to their liking, offering an array of healthier toppings such as hummus, pico de gallo, guacamole, black beans, shredded low-fat cheese, lower sodium ham-shredded, low fat Greek yogurt, olives and/or chives.Potatoes are a great source of potassium, a nutrient-supporting healthy blood pressure. They sometimes get a bad wrap because of the preparation method, like deep frying for French fries or sautéing in butter or excessive oil, but baking potatoes is a wonderful preparation method to choose for calorie control and heart health. Pair with a green salad on the side to round out the meal.
Have fun adding this meal into your family’s dinner rotation!
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– KEELEY MEZZANCELLO. MS, RD CSCS
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