8 Great Healthy[er] Nacho Alternatives!

Healthy Nacho Alternatives
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It’s football season! And with all those games comes all those overloaded game day foods! Pizza, wings, sliders, potato skins, jalapeño poppers and of course, NACHOS!

As amazing as these foods are, they can be a little counterproductive for those trying to eat right! Keeping sugar, carbs and fat under control when it comes to nachos can be a challenging thing, but with these not-chos you can enjoy the flavors of the real thing with a little less guilt!

 

Peppers

Choose between bell peppers, mini sweet peppers or even your favorite hot pepper for this fun and easy chip replacement! This colorful array is an excellent way to get your vitamin A, C, B6 and fiber! Simply slice your peppers in half, remove the seeds, arrange on a baking sheet and top with your nacho fixings before baking at 400º F until cheese is melted!

 

Cauliflower

This very-versatile veggie has made our list again, this time for it’s amazingly light usage under your favorite nacho fixings! While you absolutely can enjoy raw cauliflower florets with your favorite taco fixings, we suggest tossing with oil and your favorite taco seasonings, baking for about 15-20 minutes at 450º F, taking out to top with remaining ingredients before melting your cheese under the broiler. Considering a medium head of cauliflower has just 150 calories, take no shame in finishing as much of these nachos as you want! (Of course sharing would be nice too!)

 

Zucchini

This low-carb recipe takes another one of our favorite vegetables and makes it the perfect base for all of your favorite taco fixings! Similar to the cauliflower method, your sliced zucchini should be cooked first. If working in the oven, use a baking rack over a sheet pan to get some crisp on those zucchini! Lay them out, spray with oil, dust with seasonings, flip and repeat before baking at 400º F for about 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove them from from the rack and arrange the baking sheet with lots of cheese & cooked taco-seasoned beef, chicken or chorizo. Pop them under the broiler until cheese melts, then load up with avocado, tomato, red onion, extra cheese, jalapeño and anything else you can imagine!

 

Sweet Potato

If you are familiar with sweet potato chips, than you know they have what it takes to make an amazing chip replacement for some epic nachos! You can cut your sweet potato to evenly thick rounds and bake or go with a sweet potato french fry base! Either way, toss your sweet potato with oil and some nacho-appropriate spices like cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne before baking until crisping. Once cooked, your sweet potato nachos are as easy as melting cheese on top, loading up with your favorite protein and veggies. Don’t skimp out on the beans and salsa!

Why sweet potato over regular chips? There are just more benefits! 1 cup of sweet potato provides you 377% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin A, plus potassium fiber, and B vitamins!

 

Chicken Wings

Love wings? Love nachos? What about nacho wings? Bake your seasoned chicken wings until cooked before melting cheese on top then loaded with your favorite sauces & toppings! This nacho alternative provided plenty of filling protein. (Skip out on the breading [pictured above] for the healthiest version!

 

Pork Rinds

Whether you’ve had them before or not, pork rinds come to their full potential when you empty them onto a place, load them with your favorite nacho cheese, beef/chicken/chorizo, salsa, guacamole and fresh onion! This is another low-carb, protein packed way to enjoy nachos!

 

Bacon

While bacon can make an elegant appearance on top of conventional nachos, this nacho hack uses crispy bacon instead of chips! While it hardly seems healthy, for low-carb-ers this is a must-try! Simply cook your bacon on the stovetop until crispy (not burnt!) then let cool on a paper towel before arranging on a plate to top with the works! Alternatively you can bake larger amounts in oven at one time. We would suggest going with a thick cut bacon on this one.

 

Cheese Chips

In this genius option we see the star of the nacho show – cheese – find a way to play both roles! Simply lay out some thick cheese slices on a parchment paper lined baking sheet with ½ inch between, bake at 400º F 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven and move parchment paper to wire rack to cool. Once cooled, you’ll see exactly why they call them crisps! Whether you decide to add more cheese to these or not, be careful not to re-melt the cheese with other ingredients.

 

Nacho Tips!

  • Warm cheese, beans and meats over nachos in oven but add cool ingredients just before enjoying.
  • Experiment with different topping choices like buffalo, pizza, bbq, mediterranean or philly cheesesteak!
  • Our guacamole and salsa make excellent nacho toppings.
  • The best cheeses for nachos are cheddar, monterey and pepper jack.
  • Try your nachos with chopped bell pepper, avocado chunks and red onion.
  • Break nachos up into individual portions for parties.

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September 27, 2017