Homemade mashed potatoes are a holiday favorite, but it’s no secret that they can be loaded with saturated fat, carbs, and more calories than a generous slice of pecan pie!  

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Cauliflower Mashed ‘Potatoes”         

This is the lowest calorie mashed 'potato' option.  They're easy to make too! Just blend 4 cups cauliflower with 1 Tbsp. sour cream, 1 Tbsp. half & half and 1 Tbsp. butter.  For a half-cup serving you'll only be getting 23 calories, 1.2 grams of fat, 0 saturated fat, 3.5 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If you start with sweet potatoes and use just a little brown sugar, olive oil, cinnamon and skim milk - you'll come out with a dish that's low glycemic (won't spike your blood sugar/insulin levels) and it's packed with beta carotene.  In this dish, you'll find 110 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 saturated fat, 20 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber per half-cup serving.  If you're looking to 'mix it up' spice the potatoes with cumin instead of brown sugar. 

Classic mashed potatoes or seasoned mashed

In this dish, I suggest using unpeeled potatoes for more vitamins, minerals, fiber and use low-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of milk!  It's 110 calories per half-cup serving with 2 grams of fat, 0 saturated fat, 21 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber.

Feel free to mix it up as well! Try some of these 'twists' below:

Squash Swirl: Peel & cube 1 lb butternut squash, boil 8 minutes, drain & smash into potatoes. Horseradish-Chive: Mix in 1/4 cup horseradish and 1/3 cup minced chives.                 Rosemary-Lemon: Top with 2 teaspoons minced rosemary and grated zest of 1 lemon. MediterraneanMix in basil, tarragon, & parsley; sprinkle with feta before serving

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

These are packed with butter, sour cream, bacon and cheese.  They're high calorie with more than a half a day's worth of saturated fat! Per half-cup serving they contain 300+ calories, 20+ grams of fat and 10+ grams of saturated fat. 

Sweet Potato Casserole

These sweet potatoes are loaded with sugar, butter and marshmallows - definitely an indulgence!  Per half-cup serving this dish is 330 calories, 17 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 44 grams of carbs and 29 grams of sugar.