Add these healthy mashed potatoes to your Thanksgiving dinner. They’re made with better-for-you ingredients such as Greek yogurt, milk, and fresh herbs!
Best Ever Healthy Mashed Potatoes
Hello, best ever healthy mashed potatoes! Mashed potatoes are truly my favorite holiday side dish. I love them at Thanksgiving, Christmas, heck even my birthday!
This specific mashed potato recipe is a twist off of Mama Kay’s mashed potatoes which are classically made with tons of butter, sour cream, and a little cream cheese. I love getting inspired by family recipes and making them my own.
How are these Healthy Mashed Potatoes?
While we don’t love using the word “healthy,” this recipe is definitely a healthier mashed potato recipe since it uses far less butter than normal, no heavy cream or cream cheese, and a secret protein-packed ingredient – Greek yogurt!
Greek yogurt – swap some or all of the cream cheese or sour cream with Greek yogurt. Greek adds protein but will keep that tang and creamy texture.
Milk – lots of mashed potato recipes call for heavy cream. While this is delightful, you can get the same effect with milk. Use almond milk, cow’s milk, or any kind of milk your heart desires!
Skin on: did you know that a lot of potatoes’ nutrients live in the skin?! I love leaving the skin on when making mashed potatoes for that reason.
What You Need
Sometimes the most simple things in life are the best. Here’s what you need:
- Russet potatoes- we’re using 3 lb. russet potatoes in this recipe, but you can also use Idaho or golden potatoes.
- Greek yogurt – any fat percentage of Greek yogurt will work. Just make sure you are using plain and not flavored.
- 2% milk – a little milk is used to help thin out your potatoes to make them nice and creamy. Feel free to sub chicken broth or veggie broth if you want instead.
- Butter: a mashed potato recipe without butter would be a sin!
- Fresh thyme and rosemary: the real stars of the show are fresh herbs! These are seriously so yummy.
If all of these delicious fresh herbs still aren’t enough, try adding some roasted garlic to your mashed potatoes. It will taste amazing (speaking from experience). We suggest using around 6-10 cloves, mashing them, and then stirring them in right at the end!
PS: you can also use a little bit of garlic powder, but it’s just not the same!
Best Potato for Mashed Potatoes
These healthy mashed potatoes call for 3 lbs. of russet potatoes. I just love how creamy they get and the skin is delightful. Did I mention that potatoes are extremely in-expensive as well? Heck yes!
I am confident that this recipe would work with 3 lbs. of pretty much any kind of potato your heart desires. Try using:
- Yukon gold potatoes
- red potatoes
- sweet potatoes (try our Mashed Sweet Potato recipe!)
Mashed potatoes are easier to make than you think! Here’s a quick rundown:
First, run your potatoes under warm water and pat them dry. Then, use a sharp knife to quarter them so that they’re all around the same size.
A few tips:
Don’t want to slice your potatoes? Feeling a little lazy? Feel free to boil your potatoes whole. Do note that they will take longer to cook.
Don’t like potato skins? Feel free to use a vegetable peeler to peel the skins from your potatoes if you don’t like the skin.
Place potatoes in a large pot or Dutch oven and submerge them in water. Then, add salt. Turn the burner to high and boil potatoes until they’re fork-tender.
Drain potatoes and then transfer them into a large bowl (or right back into the pot). Add salt, pepper, butter, Greek yogurt, and herbs.
Use a potato masher or hand mixer to mash potatoes. They should be relatively easy to mash and if they’re not, you likely didn’t cook them long enough.
Add milk by the 1/4 cup and continue to mash until they’ve reached your desired consistency.
Healthy Mashed Potatoes FAQ
Mashed potatoes calories?
In our healthy mashed potatoes recipe, there are around 242 calories per serving. Note that this recipe serves 8.
How long to boil potatoes for mashed?
Boil your potatoes for around 20-25 minutes or until you can easily pierce them with a fork. You’ll notice that we quartered our potatoes and this was on purpose so that they boil faster. If you leave your potatoes whole, you’ll likely need to boil longer.
Carbs in mashed potatoes?
Mashed potatoes are higher in carbohydrates because potatoes are a starchy vegetable. This mashed potato recipe comes in at around 39g carbs/serving.
Are mashed potatoes healthy?
We’re firm believers that everything in moderation is okay. While mashed potatoes are high in carbs and usually high in fat, they’re still made with a vegetable base and are one of the most delicious sides known to man.
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Can you freeze mashed potatoes?
Yes, you can freeze mashed potatoes. We recommend freezing your mashed potatoes in a freezer-safe gallon-sized bag. Let mashed potatoes fully cool and then transfer them into the bag. Remove as much air as possible from the bag and then seal. Freeze for up to 3 months.
What to do with leftover mashed potatoes?
There are so many fun ways to use leftover mashed potatoes. My two favorite ways? Potato pancakes and potato soup (just add milk or cream), Or, you can stay basic and make a leftover turkey sandwich and use your mashed potatoes in place of hummus or mayo.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
- 3 lbs. russet potatoes, quartered (we also love this recipe with Yukon gold potatoes)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
- Begin by preparing your potatoes. Wash and pat dry. Then use a sharp knife to quarter. The reason we like to quarter our potatoes is so that they boil faster.
- Place potatoes into a large pot and fully submerge them with water. Add about a 1/8 teaspoon of salt.
- Heat over medium/high heat and bring to a boil for around 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and you can easily pierce the potatoes with a fork.
- Drain potatoes from the liquid and then place them back in the pot. Add salt, pepper, butter, Greek yogurt, and herbs. Use a hand mixer or potato masher to mash potatoes.
- Slowly add in the milk until you’ve reached the desired consistency.
- Serve with another square of butter and enjoy.
Tips & Notes
- We know not everyone loves potato skins, so feel free to peel your potatoes first with a vegetable peeler.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/8 Calories: 242 Sugar: 5 Sodium: 157 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 39 Fiber: 4 Protein: 7
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