Low Calorie Baked Potato Recipes

The baked potato is healthy and fibre-rich. Baked potatoes are simple to prepare yet extremely versatile and nutritious. Short of time? Well you can get that baked-potato taste using your microwave! Here’s a simple technique for using the microwave to make delicious baked potatoes that taste just like they’ve been slowly baking in the oven. It’s the perfect technique if don’t have time to wait. In just 12 minutes, you can be sitting down to a satisfying baked potato and today we have 4 ways to top baked potatoes for only an extra 100 calories!

Oven Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  • Wash the potatoes well, dry them and prick several times with a fork. Pour some olive oil into your hands and rub over the potatoes, then scatter over some sea salt which should stick to the oil.
  • Place directly on the shelf in the oven and bake for 1¼-1½ hours, depending on the size of the potato. When cooked, the potato should be golden-brown and crisp on the outside and give a little when squeezed.
  • Serve split open with one of the fillings below.
brie and ham potato topping

Ham and Brie
Salty ham and buttery brie taste wonderful when topped on a piping hot potato.
100-Calorie Topping: 2 tablespoons ham + 2 tablespoons Brie

cheese and bacon potato topping

Cheese and Bacon
A tried-and-true baked potato classic, with no more than a hundred calories. It can be done!
100-Calorie Topping: 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream + 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cheddar + 1 strip cooked bacon + 1 tablespoon green onions

bbq potato topping

BBQ Chicken
This topping is as satisfying as it is delicious. Moderation is the key to enjoying a low-calorie meal.
100-Calorie Topping: ½ cup rotisserie chicken + 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce + 1 tablespoon green onions

salsa potato topping

Fresh salsa works wonders in this south-of-the-border inspired topping.
100-Calorie Topping: 1¼ cups fresh salsa + 1 ounce reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers + 1 tablespoon green onions


Potato Precaution!

baked potato

Before you embark on your low-calorie potato topping adventure you need to know that a large potato, before toppings, can have more calories than a 6-ounce sirloin steak (though none of the saturated fat). The bigger the potato, the more topping you need.
Small (1 ¾” to 2½” diameter): 150 calories
Medium (2¼” to 3¼”): 190 calories
Large (3″ to 4¼”): 325 calories
Extra-large (4½” to 6″): 512 calories