Vegan Baked Potato

Vegan Baked Potato PinterestThis Vegan Baked Potato recipe is a staple in our vegan meals. Potatoes garnished with tasty toppings make a delicious side dish or even a good main dish for lunch.

Contrary to what you’ve been told over the years, potatoes are a very healthy food, especially if you want to lose weight. That’s because they have all of the essential amino acids you need to build muscle, they’re low calorie, and they’re a good source of fiber to keep you full longer. Top them with healthy ingredients to make them taste great and you’ve got yourself one healthy, filling dish.

Dr. John McDougall is a plant-based diet expert and a potato champion. Learn more about his research and stance on potatoes on his website or in his book, “The Starch Solution.”

If weight loss is your goal, it’s best to reduce the amount of oil you consume as mush as possible. That means no vegan butter on your potatoes because it’s nearly 100% oil. Gram-for-gram, fat (9 calories/gram) has more than double the number of calories as protein and carbs (4 calories/gram).

And oil is one of the worst forms of fat because it’s easy to use a lot of it without realizing it. One tbsp of vegan butter has 80 calories (all of them from fat) and no fiber. A medium baked Russet potato with the skin has 169 calories (none from fat) so adding a tbsp of vegan butter as a topping increases the calories by nearly 50% but doesn’t make you any fuller.

And let’s be honest…most people put 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter on their potatoes. At 3 tablespoons, you would be eating 240 calories from the butter alone! That’s 50% MORE calories from butter than the entire potato has!

There’s a relatively new movement to blame the obesity epidemic on the low-fat craze that started in the 80’s, but what people don’t remember is that the low-fat craze started because we already had a growing obesity problem, and an existing heart disease epidemic. Several studies in the 60’s and 70’s concluded that fat was the main culprit so the low-fat craze was born.

Unfortunately, without fat, the food tasted terrible, so the food companies replaced the fat with sugar. The added sugar and over-processing of foods, along with fats from increased animal product consumption, are the main contributors to our increasing obesity and heart disease epidemic. If you want to learn more about this topic, watch the documentary Fed Up.

We like to use unsweetened, plain, non-dairy yogurt as a topping for our potatoes because it tastes a lot like sour cream and it’s fortified with B12. We also like to use our Vegan Cashew Sour Cream for some additional protein and healthy fat.

Try topping your vegan baked potato with sautéed kale or spinach, Easy Lentilsbeet greenschili, pasta sauce, Grandpa’s Vegan Dipping Hot Sauce, salsa or your other favorite, low-fat vegan toppings.

You can microwave your potatoes, but they taste better baked in the oven. Just remember to preheat the oven about an hour before you want to eat. I always forget that and end up microwaving them half the time!

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Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast PinI never considered eating a Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast before, but this recipe is absolutely delicious. The squash is naturally sweet and full of fiber while the nuts and non-dairy yogurt supply the protein and savory flavor. Topped with cinnamon and drizzled with a little agave and you’ve got yourself one healthy, decadent breakfast treat.

We used So Delicious Dairy Free Plain Yogurt which is fortified with Vitamin B12. A quarter a cup of this yogurt has 10% of your RDV of Vitamin B12. If you’re a full vegan, B12 is a vitamin you can’t get from plants anymore.

Before we sanitized our veggies and chlorinated our water, we got B12 from the microbes that lived in the soil and water, and made their way onto our food. Now, we must get our B12 from other sources, like a B12 supplement or fortified foods such as Nutritional Yeast, non-dairy milk or yogurt.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting B12 from these sources. In fact, because humans sanitize, pasteurize and cook animal products, it kills the B12 microbes there, too. That means animal products aren’t a great source of B12 either and some studies show that meat eaters, especially those over 50, suffer from B12 deficiencies. Here’s some more info on B12…

How to Cut Acorn SquashPrepping the acorn squash is the hardest part of this recipe. That’s why I created this How to Cut Acorn Squash guide to show you the easiest way to cut an acorn squash so it doesn’t fall over, spilling your delicious filling all over the place.

Be sure to save your squash seeds! They’re a delicious snack you can make with our Roasted Squash Seeds recipe.

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast Cooking Video

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant based eating.