I know every now and then it is very tempting to make a snack for dinner. Why not make the snack a little more healthy? It may not help you shed those “last five pounds”, but it will help you alleviate some of the guilt while indulging in delicious and crave-worthy food.
Here are some tips to make nachos, one of my favorite snack dinners, more healthy:
- Look at the nutritional value on the nachos when you are purchasing them. I look for higher fiber and lower salt when comparing brands.
- Light Old Cheddar tastes delicious on nachos, but cuts the fat considerably.
- Load up the nachos with veggies (I used tomatoes, green onions, banana peppers, but you could also use green and red peppers, jalapenos, or anything else you have on hand)
- Instead of meat, try re-fried beans. They are very healthy!
- Do not serve sour cream
- If your family is adventurous, cottage cheese tastes like sour cream when mixed with salsa.
- Make your own guacamole if that is something you like with your nachos.
- Serve with a snacky vegetable, for my husband and I it is cucumber, which can be sliced and placed on a dish to the side of the nacho dish. This will make it easier for people to keep grabbing a couple slices at a time, hopefully by then end they will have at least another serving of vegetables in them.
- Serve with milk or water instead of pop or sugary juice.
- Make dinner time a little later than usual, thus combining snack food of the evening with dinner. Hopefully this will help eliminate the need to keep snacking throughout the evening.