Try these eight lower-calorie snacking options that pack as much flavor as their fattier, more traditional cousins.
Instead of Chicken Wings
Instead of greasy buffalo wings with bleu cheese dip, make your own coconut chicken tenders with apricot dipping sauce. Just dip raw chicken tenders into beaten egg, coat with a combination of equal parts breadcrumbs and shredded coconut, place on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray, and bake at 400 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. For the sauce, mix 1 cup apricot jam and 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard. Season with salt and pepper.
Instead of Regular Chili
Prepare chili with half the beef and twice the beans, or make it with 100% ground turkey breast.
Instead of Stuffed Potato Skins
Go for homemade wedges. Peel 4 medium sweet potatoes. Cut lengthwise into chunks about ½-inch thick. Place on a nonstick baking sheet. Lightly coat with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Season with salt, if desired, and top with low fat sour cream.
Instead of Fatty Dips
Make “salsamole”—it’s idiot proof. Just mix together 1 cup salsa, 4 smashed avocados, and 2 tbsp each lime juice and chopped cilantro.
Instead of Chips
Throw together your own salty, savory alternative. (Fair warning: There are chickpeas involved, but what you’re making ends up tasting more like a corn nut. Trust us.) To make them, sauté a 15-oz can of drained chickpeas with 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp cumin for about 2 minutes. Season with salt, then place on nonstick baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes at 400˚F.
Instead of Fatty Burgers
Make your patty leaner by mixing together ½ cup canned, drained black beans, 2 tbsp each olive oil and Dijon mustard, and 1 tbsp garlic powder into 1 lb lean ground beef. Grill and serve on whole-wheat buns.
Instead of Overstuffed Hoagies
Grab a turkey meatball sub: For the meatballs, combine 1 lb ground 100% turkey breast, 1 egg, and half a cup of seasoned breadcrumbs and low fat ricotta cheese. Form into 24 meatballs and brown on a skillet. Bake them for 12 minutes at 375 degrees F and serve in sandwiches with sautéed green pepper, onions and red sauce.
Instead of Nachos and Cheese
Bake your own lower calorie, high-protein version. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spread a layer of baked chips over the sheet, then add 1 cup cooked shredded white meat chicken, half a cup of canned, drained black beans, 1/4 cup chopped onion, crushed red pepper flakes, and ½ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 375˚F or until the cheese is melted. Top with salsa. (Or try this healthy nachos recipe.)
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