Lightened-Up Bar Food

Preparation: Place 1 tbsp limeade concentrate in a shallow bowl. Place salt in a second shallow bowl. In a third bowl, combine remaining limeade concentrate, beer and tequila. Rim 6 glasses with reserved limeade and salt. Divide beer mixture evenly among glasses; garnish each with a lime slice.
Marge Perry, SELF magazine

Why should guys be the only ones who get to enjoy gooey pub grub? These apps let you satisfy your cravings without the food coma and next-day guilt.


VEGETABLE QUESADILLAS WITH FRESH SALSA

Packing these puppies full of veggies gives them a wallop of low-cal flavor, leaving plenty of room for queso.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz) low-sodium red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 4 fat-free 8-inch flour (or whole-wheat) tortillas
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar

Preparation: In a bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, juice, cumin and salt. In a second bowl, mash beans; stir in chipotle. Working one at a time, top half of each tortilla with 1/4 avocado slices, 1/4 bean mixture, 1 cup spinach and 4 tbsp cheese; fold in half. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add 1 quesadilla and cook, flipping once, until both sides are brown and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Let cool slightly; cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges; serve with tomato salsa.

The skinny: 277 calories per 2 wedges, 8 g fat (3 g saturated), 35 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 13 g protein


BEERITAS

Sugary mixes turn classic margs into calorie bombs. Limeade gives this boozy bev some sweetness without the sugar overload.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (12 oz) frozen limeade concentrate, slightly thawed, divided
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 24 oz light beer
  • 1 1/2 cups tequila
  • 1 lime, cut into 6 slices

Preparation: Place 1 tbsp limeade concentrate in a shallow bowl. Place salt in a second shallow bowl. In a third bowl, combine remaining limeade concentrate, beer and tequila. Rim 6 glasses with reserved limeade and salt. Divide beer mixture evenly among glasses; garnish each with a lime slice.

The skinny
: 306 calories per serving, 0 g fat, 38 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein


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