When the weather turns chilly, does your love for greasy or higher fat foods come out of hiding? Satisfy your cravings by giving your favorite foods a makeover! Read on for tips on transforming popular greasy foods.
Nachos: an order of nachos can easily reach 2,000 calories and 100 g fat! A few simple tweaks at home can turn fatty nachos into a healthy delight!
• Swap baked tortilla chips for regular chips. Or, bake your own by cutting corn tortillas into triangles, spray with cooking spray and bake until crispy. Start with a base of an ounce of chips.
• Control the cheese! Use a spicy jack or sharp cheddar to add more flavor and limit to ¼ cup.
• Add beans and veggies liberally. Try black beans, sautéed squash, tomatoes and green onions.
• Top with grilled chicken if desired for an extra protein boost.
• Add lots of flavor by topping nachos with fresh cilantro and salsa.
• Use non-fat or light sour cream to save fat calories and add healthy fat with a few slices of avocado.
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Pizza: 2 slices of supreme pizza can add up to 900 calories and 50 grams of fat! Make your own pizza at home by:
• Start with a whole wheat crust such as Boboli brand. Or, make your own dough if you are feeling adventurous.
• Stick to a thin layer of mozzarella cheese which is lower in fat and saturated fat.
• Apply a good dose of veggies such as mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, zucchini or broccoli.
• Stick with lean meats such as chicken or Canadian bacon.
• Top with fresh herbs for a flavor burst. Try fresh chopped basil, rosemary or oregano.
• Enjoy a slice or two with a large green salad!
Bacon Cheeseburger: Yes, even this can be healthy at home! So, keep on driving past that fast food restaurant.
• Select lean meat by choosing lean ground turkey or extra lean ground beef. Keep the patty to 3-4 ounces.
• Add a slice of reduced-fat cheese.
• Add one or two slices of lean turkey bacon such as Jennie-O.
• Choose a whole wheat bun to add whole grains and fiber.
• Skip fatty condiments such as full fat mayo and opt for spicy mustard instead.
• Pile on the veggies such as lettuce, tomato and grilled pepper and onions.
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