Low-Fat Versions of Your Favorite Recipes

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.

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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
8 oz.
100 calories, 27g carbs
8 oz.
8 calories, 6g carbs
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Member Comments

Great Ideas! Report
Why does every recipe add salt? I don't cook with salt. Never have. Way back in the day, my dad had high blood pressure so never used it. Now my DH has high bp. I can tell at restaurants when the chef is trying to disguise something by too much salt. Report
Thanks for sharing! Report
love these recipes Report
Thank you for sharing. Report
Thanks for sharing Report
It seems like good suggestions. May try some after looking through due to high salt . This is a strong factor in my choices. Report

When research has shown that a low-fat diet, which has been touted since the 60s, is one of THE biggest reasons why "diets" fail, I'm surprised to see it being encouraged!!!

We need fat, and some of the lower-fat items listed here, are higher in sodium, and contain preservatives!!!

Moderation is more important. Report
Love this can't wait yo try these
Low fat versions of many/most foods are diminished in texture and flavor. Why is it that for one or two days we can't just eat the real stuff and then be done with it? I still remember a SP article about all the "delicious" ways to have chocolate without really having chocolate. Not the same. Report
Great. I saved it so I can try some of these out. Report
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. Report
Yum! I will be definitely be checking some of these out! Report
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. Report