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The One Kitchen Tool You Need To Make Healthy Mashed Potatoes

So many potato recipes, not enough time. 

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. 

You won't feel guilty about licking these healthier, mashed potato alternatives directly from the spoon. 

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). 

Surprise! These aren't potatoes. Mashed cauliflower is ridiculously easy to make, especially when you let your food processor do the work

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

Shark Ninja Master Prep Professional Chopper, Blender and Food Processor

An average 4.5-star rating on Amazon, with nearly 9,500 reviews

Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor, ChefPrep with 525 Watts

An average 4.4-star rating, with more than 1,150 reviews

Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Food Processor

An average 4.3-star rating, with more than 3,800 reviews

Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor, with Bowl Scraper

An average 4.3-star rating, with nearly 2,800 reviews

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack and Snap Food Processor

An average 4.3-star rating, with more than 1,000 reviews

Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Food Processor

An average 4.2-star rating, with more than 3,600 reviews

Oster Pro 1200 Blender 3-in-1 with Food Processor

An average 4-star rating, with more than 1,400 reviews


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