I remembered going to a specific local restaurant in the town where I reside and they were exceptional. They were long, deep and had a creamy potato puree inside with nice thick cut bacon pieces topped with bacon infused sour cream. So my initial recipe was modeled off of this concept.
I used an application for my phone called MyFitnessPal which broke down each segment of the recipe's nutrition facts. As I piled on the ingredients, so did the calorie counter. It was almost like a game to try and make these as low as possible. This is where the all and mighty Turkey Bacon's claim to fame began in my recipes. Now most people think it's obvious to substitute turkey bacon, but it's also important to know when to use it. Bacon clearly isn't the hero in a potato skin dish, it's more of a texture. Using turkey bacon provides that texture with overpowering the dish.
I wanted to make the inside as delicious as possible which is why I made my own potato puree (mashed potato mixture) without any of that high calorie heavy cream. Going through this practice opened my eyes to all of the ingredients which cause food to taste so good and also be so bad. It was very disappointing to know that cheese was a huge culprit. It's all about portion control and knowing how much of something you don't really need in order for it to still taste delicious. That balance was a hard thing to find.
My first video ever created for HeLLthyJunkFood were the potato skins, I had never filmed a food video before and it was pretty obnoxious at times, but full of fun. I really didn't know what I was doing half the time and played a lot of it by ear. I did realize that I was on to something that could grow and blossom... HeLLthyJunkFood. This is when I started to take my idea seriously and began to learn photoshop.