Who doesn’t love nachos, but who wants all of the calories???
Here is a healthier, lower-calorie recipe for this all-time favorite snack:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 whole yellow onion, diced
2 pounds ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 can (14.5 oz) black beans drained
1/4 cup hot water
1 bag BAKED tortilla chips
1 cup Weight Watchers reduced fat mexican blend shredded cheese
6 whole roma tomatoes, diced
1 whole jalapeño, diced finely
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 whole avocado (pitted and diced)
In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and half of the onion. Cook until soft then add the ground turkey. Cook the meat thoroughly. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper and beans. Add hot water and stir. Reduce the heat to low and simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
To make the pico de gallo, combine the other half of the onion, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Mix and set aside.
To build the nachos, place a layer of baked tortilla chips on a platter or plate. Top with a layer of the turkey/bean mixture, then add all but 1/4 cup of Weight Watchers cheese. Add another layer of chips, another layer of the turkey/bean mixture and cheese.
Microwave or bake in the oven until the cheese is melted.
Top with the diced avocado, pico de gallo and a dollop of greek yogurt in place of sour cream. Enjoy! Even though these are notcho usual fattening nachos, you must still always remember portion control!!
Lean ground turkey substituted for ground beef
Black beans substituted for refried beans
Baked tortilla chips substituted for fried chips
Weight Watchers reduced fat cheese substituted for regular cheese
Greek yogurt substituted for sour cream
Specific spices substituted for taco seasoning (to control sodium content)
This week’s exercise of the week (EOW) targets the hamstrings, core and buttocks.
Bonus Calorie Burn! An added bonus to using a stability ball is that you burn more calories. As you balance your weight on the ball your body engages many more muscle groups to stabilize itself. Your body expends more calories performing any exercise when it engages more muscles to stabilize itself.
Starting Position Lie on the floor with your heels on top of the ball. The further the stability ball from your hips the more difficult the move becomes. Keep your arms on the floor to provide stability.
Upward Movement Lift your hips and your lower back off of the floor, keeping your weight distributed between your feet on the ball and your shoulders on the floor. Next, tighten your core muscles and roll the ball towards your body in a smooth, controlled movement by bending your knees being careful not to let your hips drop. Do not move your arms or shift your shoulders. At this point, your feet will be flat on the ball. Squeeze at the top – Once you reach the top stopping point, “squeeze” the buttocks and hamstring muscles by fully contracting them. This squeezing action should make those muscles burn!
Downward Movement Now return back to the starting position by rolling the ball away from you. This should be a slow and controlled rolling movement which keeps the muscles engaged.
This completes one leg curl. Do two to three sets of 10-12 repetitions.
In a journey toward a healthy lifestyle small changes can sometimes make a big difference! Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be so complicated. Over time, these simple substitutions each day will reduce your daily calorie intake and move you closer to developing a healthy lifestyle and help you be the best you that you can be!
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