If you’re like us, mashed potatoes might be your personal favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. (And if you’revegetarian or vegan, mashed potatoes probably areyour Thanksgiving meal).
But, this hero side dish has a dark side that’s quite a mouthful. Potatoes are loaded withhigh glycemic-index carbohydrates, which means they’re quickly digested into sugars that rapidly raise blood-sugar levels.
That’s notnecessarilya bad thing for non-diabetic folks, especially when they’re eaten in moderation as part of a healthy, vegetable-rich diet. Plus, potatoes are actuallypretty low in calories, around 150.
The problem, however, is that potatoes are often made with high-fat, high-calorie ingredients like butter, cheese and sour cream. Tasty as it might make those whipped potatoes, it can make stomaching your favorite mashed potato recipesa bit hard to swallow.
Fortunately, there is a trick to learning how to make healthy mashed potatoes ― it just involves ditching the spuds all together. Hear us out!
Food processorsare often viewed as a pint-sized version of a blender, but they’re somuch more. There aredozens of veggies that can be processed, blended and mashed― other than potatoes. (Though, if you can’t quit your potatoes just yet,we actuallydon’trecommend tossing them into a blenderor processor).
Because of their razor-sharp blades,food processorsmake quick work out of blending potato-y veggies like cauliflower, parsnips, turnips and more into fluffy, whipped delicacies.
Don’t believe us?Check outthe best food processors on Amazon, and see for yourself what these tiny tools can whip up in the kitchen.
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