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Low-Fat Versions of Your Favorite Recipes

Fun Foods Without the Fat

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When you're trying to eat healthier, sometimes your favorite foods go by the wayside. You may think of them with fondly, but avoid them after discovering that they're caloric landmines, "trigger" foods for overeating, or made with all the wrong kinds of fat.

Check out our top-rated and editor's choice recipes for "fun" foods without all the fat. We've made them healthier with simple substitutions that even a novice chef can handle. You just might discover that fun and low-fat don't have to be mutually exclusive.


  Fat Chance! Slim Pick!
Mozzarella Sticks
2 sticks
205 calories, 11g fat, 1g fiber
Better-Than-Mozzarella Sticks
2 sticks
155 calories, 3.5g fat, 15g fiber
Chicken Wings
3 wings
348 calories, 25g fat
Boneless Hot Wings
4 oz. chicken
194 calories, 2g fat
Jalapeno Poppers
1 popper
140 calories, 8g fat
Low-Fat Poppers
1 popper
37 calories, 0g fat
Deviled Eggs
1 deviled egg
145 calories, 13g fat
Not-so-Devilish Eggs
1 deviled egg
94 calories, 6g fat
Cheese Fondue
1/2 cup
246 calories, 15g fat
Skinny Cheese Fondue
1/2 cup
139 calories, 7g fat
Deluxe Pizza
2 slices
627 calories, 24g fat
The Ultimate Pita Pizza
1/2 pita pizza
229 calories, 5g fat
Big As Your Head Burrito
1 (bean and veggie) burrito
685 calories, 21g fat
Easy Bean & Veggie Burrito
1 burrito
317 calories, 5g fat
Guilty Pleasure Nachos
8 chips with the works
568 calories, 31g fat
Guiltless Nachos
Entire recipe!
382 calories, 17g fat
Caramel Popcorn
2/3 cup
323 calories, 10g fat
Lite Caramel Popcorn
2/3 cup
136 calories, 4g fat
Chocolate Fondue
1/4 cup
460 calories, 26g fat
Marshmallow-Chocolate Fondue
1/4 cup
164 calories, 7g fat
Rice Krispies Treats
1 square
200 calories, 5g fat
Kashi Krispy Treats
1 square
109 calories, 2g fat
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
1 slice
367 calories, 14g fat
Pineapple Right Side Up Cake
1 slice
212 calories, 7g fat
Lemonade
8 oz.
100 calories, 27g carbs
Splenda-nade
8 oz.
8 calories, 6g carbs
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  • Great. I saved it so I can try some of these out. - 8/4/2013 5:30:34 PM
  • A plate full of appetizers are a meal to me when at a party. All you people that just have negative stuff to say...keep it to yourself, I don't need your condecending preaching. - 4/1/2013 4:31:50 PM
  • BLUEFAIRYTALE
    Yum! I will be definitely be checking some of these out! - 1/3/2013 5:16:59 PM
  • Although I do try to cut out the fat and calories where I can when I'm cooking, I've never really been a fan of these overly modified snack food. If I relent and make something, it doesn't taste like the original and I still end up craving the full fat version. I think a little bit of what you fancy is fine, and will probably satisfy the craving a lot quicker than the slimmed down substitute. Moderation is really the key, and I find it's easier to try and avoid snacking altogether - but if I do have an uncontrollable urge to eat something, just a taste is not going to matter in the long run. - 4/10/2012 6:41:13 PM
  • I'm with RBALF1 and AZURE SKY. None of these things have much allure -- I really have no yen to eat junk-style grazing foods, whether in "original" or "modified" versions. I don't really enjoy stuff that even "pretends" to be decadent.

    Even if the ingredients are healthier, how's that to help keep a lid on how much we eat of them? Snack foods have this bottomless bowl quality....for me, that would not be too good. I'd rather get my decadence elsewhere than food 8-)
    - 2/6/2012 8:01:41 AM
  • I'm with Azure Sky. None of these foods appeal to me at all. And none of them ever have. Makes me wonder how I managed to put on the pounds without eating all that. Or, to wonder how much worse it would have been if I did like those kinds of food.
    My downfall is always the chocolate and cookies. And portions. - 2/4/2012 11:02:28 AM
  • AZURE-SKY
    I was amazed when I saw the list of foods & their healthier versions. I must be eating better than I thought, because the only food on that list that interested me was the pizza, and I already make my own, including my own fat-free spaghetti sauce.

    I've trained my tastebuds to like unsweetened drinks, like plain ice tea, instead of sweet (non-refreshing) things like lemonade. Sweet drinks make me crave more, even if they are artificially sweetened.

    I've never liked chicken wings, poppers, or even mozzarella sticks - not fond of fried foods at all. - 8/10/2011 3:15:55 PM
  • Loved all the ideas! The organization of article was helpful too. (Two columns -very clever) - 8/10/2011 9:55:49 AM
  • I love chicken wings!! When I am really craving them I like to have Morning Star Buffalo Wings. I like to think of it as a different food rather than as a substitute. But man it really fixes that craving! - 2/11/2011 1:23:56 PM
  • Wow, this is the best SP article ever--you zeroed in on all my favorites! I had already figured out the deviled eggs and pita pizza on my own, but the boneless "wings" and Jalapeno Poppers sound great. - 9/16/2010 9:59:30 AM
  • I loved this article, loved the low fat options for some of the favorte foods that I crave...but also caused me to gain weight in the first place. So i will definitely have these on standby!! - 3/11/2010 10:50:41 AM
  • Fantastic! Love the alternate recipes =) Thanks! - 2/26/2010 3:43:46 PM
  • yahoo! this is great ~ who says you can't have it all? - 2/13/2010 12:00:59 PM
  • I can't wait to try these. Thank you SparkPeople. - 1/19/2010 3:02:39 PM
  • GEORGE012
    Wow I am aflutter I saw this page. Can't wait to try some of these out. I intellection they were all "tabu foods"

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