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Eat Like A Hog

Make it better: A good burger consists of one main ingredient: ground beef. Typically, the more fat the meat has, the tastier and juicer your Whopper seems. Does that mean you can't make a tasty burger without a lot of fat? Absolutely not. Go ahead and buy the leanest beef available, then jazz it up with a small diced onion, 1 packet of ranch-dressing mix, and 1 cup of fat-free shredded cheddar cheese (to enhance juiciness). Mix well, and grill the resulting patties as you would a typical hamburger.

Make it better: Rather than standard fried tortilla chips, opt for the baked variety. And instead of using cheese sauce that comes from a bottle or box, make your own. Don't worry, it's easy. Just dump 1 cup of skim milk and 1 1/2 cups of low-fat shredded cheddar cheese in a sauce pan, cook over medium heat, and stir until it's melted. Top your nachos with fat-free sour cream, salsa, and jalapenos - but not refried beans, which are often made with lard. For a leaner alternative, pop open a can of black beans and use a fork to mash them, along with a bit of vegetable oil, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Heat the mixture in the microwave and serve with your chips.

Make it better: A typical taco recipe has you cooking ground beef with a scoop of seasoning powder and then serving the meat in a corn shell. But if you make your taco with ground chicken or turkey, you can cut 43 calories from every shell. To keep the meat moist, add a can of diced tomatoes to the mixture and cook until it's thick. Rather than topping your taco with high-calorie options like shredded cheddar cheese and regular sour cream, try fat-free cheddar and sour cream, salsa, lettuce, and chopped tomato. (Since fat-free cheese never tastes good cold, add it to the meat sauce when it's hot so it melts right away.) Finally, if you want to be really good, ditch the fried taco shells and substitute whole-wheat flour tortillas instead for a serious high-fiber, calorie-saving boost.


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