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French Fry Nachos (Guilt Free!)

In my opinion, there are few things more delicious than carbs covered in cheese and a ridiculously rich sauce. Things that come to mind: fettucini alfredo, corn casserole, eggs benedict, and oh yeah…NACHOS!! Every time I’m at a Mexican restaurant, I find myself wishing I could order the nachos appetizer. The menu always has such an enticing picture of all those chips dripping in cheesy goodness. Thank goodness for my lactose intolerant boyfriend who stops me from ordering dairy bombs like that! However, I have to satisfy my craving somewhere, so when I came upon this idea from HowSweetEats, I knew it would become a main staple in my weekly menu.

Crispy Potato Nachos (adapted from How Sweet Eats)

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 large russet potatoes sliced into wedges with skins on

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup reduced fat mexican cheese blend

1/2 cup black beans

diced onions, avocado, cilantro

salsa, lowfat sour cream, greek yogurt

Directions:

The first step is to get those potato wedges nice and crispy. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and immediately put the wedges in a bowl of salted cold water. Letting them soak for about 10 minutes before cooking them, allows some of that starch to come out, leaving them ready to crisp right up. After 10 minutes, take them out of the water and dry them thuroughly on papertowels. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for approximately 40 minutes flipping once during that time. Once they are all brown and crispy, take them out of the oven and top with cheese, beans, and onions. Place back into the oven until the cheese is melted. Remove and add the remaining toppings! I used black beans but you could easily use ground turkey, beef, shredded chicken, anything! Healthy nachos that are super delicious??? Now its a real thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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7 Days to a Flatter Tummy

When I go to a Mexican restaurant, I always tell myself beforehand that I will NOT consume the entire basket of chips. No matter how delicious and salty they may be, I will eat 5 and be done. Unfortunately my resolve melts as soon as the basket is on the table and I can smell that fresh pico de gallo. That being said, I decided to form a plan to eliminate the gallons of water my body stores after one of these episodes. Luckily I am not the only one who retains water like a dry sponge. This “special water” concoction is supposed to flush out the excess water while being gentle on the kidneys. Its actually a Jillian Michaels creation I found on Pinterest and tastes pretty refreshing on a hot day! You don’t have to buy a bunch of fancy ingredients. You drink it for 7 days along with additional water if needed. Sodas are pretty much a no no during the 7 days because it would just counteract all your efforts. I would drink this whether or not it helped beat the bloat so basically its a win win deal!

7 Day Cleanse Drink adapted from Jillian Michaels

Drink each day for 7 days straight and watch that tummy flatten out!

60 ounces filtered water

2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp. no sugar added cranberry juice

1 Dandelion Root Tea Bag*

Combine all ingredients together and drink throughout the day. I like to make it before bed and let it sit in my fridge overnight.

*Note: Dandelion Root Tea can be found in most health food stores. Look for teas labeled “detox” or “kidney cleanse”.