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Even if you're being mindful about your calorie intake, that doesn’t mean you need to give up all the decadent foods you love.
TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer is lightening up some classic foods — think deviled eggs, fried rice, banana splits and even salted caramel milkshakes.
Her healthy versions are just as satisfying as the original so you won't miss out on the flavor, just the extra fat and calories.
This iconic finger food, typically made up of egg yolk mixed with mayo and other seasonings, will set you back about 130 calories per egg — and it’s hard to stop at just one. Instead, my leaner, delicious version is just 40 calories a pop and they're packed with energizing protein, thanks to the addition of one good-for-you ingredient: hummus!. Go ahead and dig in. These eggs really are all they’re cracked up to be.
Order a small side of fried rice at your local Chinese restaurant and you’ll be gobbling down more than 550 calories ... and that’s before you enjoy your main entrée. Instead, I found a quick and easy way to prepare it at home using one key ingredient: cauliflower rice. My version is just 150 calories and can be served as a side or an entrée with the quick addition of some shrimp or leftover rotisserie chicken for protein. And it's family friendly! I recently cooked up this recipe for kids and there wasn’t a crumb left.
Ever order a classic banana split with the intention of splitting it (pun intended) with a friend, only to devour the whole thing by yourself? Been there, done that. The cool, cream treat can set you back more than 1,000 calories. No joke! And that's for a small-sized version. Instead, make this totally satisfying spin for just 180 calories. This recipe is a single serving so it's perfectly portioned to avoid overindulging.
Salted caramel milkshake
Instead of guzzling down a small-sized salted caramel milkshake at your local ice cream shop for upwards of 500 calories, try this better-for-you version that's still crave-worthy. My sweet and salty rendition is only 190 calories and, as an added bonus, it provides 4 grams of fiber and not a drop of added sugar. You’ll be shocked when you taste it!. Grab your straw and start sipping — you’re in for a sweet treat.