Healthy Mashed Potatoes with Skin On

Add these healthy mashed potatoes to your Thanksgiving dinner. They’re made with russet potatoes, Greek yogurt, a little bit of butter, and tons of fresh herbs for the most perfect mashed potatoes with skin on (just the way I like it!).

Add these lightened-up herby mashed potatoes to your Thanksgiving dinner. They're made with russet potatoes, Greek yogurt, a little bit of butter, and tons of fresh herbs for a flavorful, healthy side dish.

It’s time, people. Time for #alltheholidayrecipes to start flowing. Have you started thinking about Thanksgiving yet? Yah, me either. This year, I’ll be at Mark’s parent’s house in New Berlin, WI for Thanksgiving. I’m excited about his mom’s cooking because she always goes big for the holidays.

Today’s post is the start of a small series on Fit Foodie Finds that we’re calling Fit Foodie Family Holiday. Linley, Emily, and I are all choosing a classic holiday recipe that our families make every year. Of course, we’re putting our own Fit Foodie twist to them and lightening them up a bit without sacrificing flavors. This specific recipe is a twist off Mama Kay’s mashed potatoes which are classically made with a shit ton of butter and sour cream.

Mashed Potatoes with Skin

If you asked me as a kid what my favorite part about Thanksgiving was, I would tell you it was the mashed potatoes. Not much has changed, I’m still the same spud loving girl I used to be. As I’ve gotten older and my palate has developed, I’ve grown to prefer mashed potatoes with skin ON as opposed to peeled. It gives your healthy mashed potatoes a nice texture and uh, hellooooooo, that’s where a lot of the nutrients live! In this recipe, we kept the skin on and added in a buncha herbs for more fall flavor.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the butter. Friends, mashed potatoes aren’t mashed potatoes without real butter.

Healthy Mashed Potato Swaps

If you love the classic mashed potatoes with cream cheese recipe…I’m totally with you! My mom uses sour cream, but cream cheese is equally as delicious. In this recipe, however, we tried to lighten things up with a few swaps! Check it out–

  • Greek yogurt in place of cream cheese/sour cream (More protein and fewer calories)
  • Milk (any kind) in place of cream (Less fat)
  • Skin on in place of no skin! (The skin provides so many nutrients, don’t cut it off!)
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Healthy Mashed Potatos FAQ

Mashed potatoes calories?

In our healthy mashed potatoes recipe, there is 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!

Carbs in mashed potatoes?

Mashed potatoes for sure aren’t a low carb food. In this mashed potatoes recipe, there are 39g carbs per serving.

Can you freeze mashed potatoes

Yes, you can! We recommend freezing your mashed potatoes in a freezer safe gallon-sized bag. Make sure you cool your mashed potatoes all the way before transferring into the bag, removing all of the air, and placing into the freezer. It should last 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.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Recipe

VIDEO: Lightened Up Herby Mashed Potatoes

Add these healthy mashed potatoes to your Thanksgiving dinner. They’re made with russet potatoes, Greek yogurt, a little bit of butter, and tons of fresh herbs for the most perfect mashed potatoes with skin on (just the way I like it!).

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 8
Category: Side
Method: Stove-Top
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. russet potatoes, quartered
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Begin by preparing your potatoes. Wash and pat dry. Then use a sharp knife to quarter.
  2. Place in a large pot and fully submerge with water. Add about a 1/8 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Turn to high heat and bring to a boil for 20-25 minutes or until you can easily pierce the potatoes with a fork.
  4. Strain potatoes and place them back in the pot. Add salt, pepper, butter, Greek yogurt, and herbs. Use a hand mixer (a potato masher will work!) to mash potatoes and slowly add in milk until you’ve reached the desired consistency.
  5. Serve with another square of butter and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 242
  • Sugar: 5
  • Sodium: 157
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 39
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 7
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