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5 Satisfying Summer Food Swaps to Maintain Your Bikini Figure

School bells are ringing, but summer isn’t over just yet. The weekend air will still fill up with the scent of barbeques and many tables will be set with traditional summer fare at least through the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Yes, bikini season is coming closer to an end but there’s no reason to let all that hard work go to waste as you dine in these last few weeks of summer.

If you haven’t already tackled our Summer Food Bucket List, considering taking advantage of a few healthy food swaps that will allow you to enjoy the best flavors of this season before they’re long gone! These great switch-ups will help you cut the calories, bulk up on nutrition, all while keeping great summertime food on the table.

Guacamole Give-in

Try swapping traditional guacamole and tortilla chips for edamame guacamole with lentil chips, a great idea we found at HuffPo. Instead of using avocado for a traditional guac, use edamame (soy) beans to give the added bonus of protein and still a great flavor. Lentil chips are much higher in fiber than a corn chip and will fill you up faster, so you’ll need less to be satisfied.
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Favorite Football Game Day Eats from Diets In Review Staff

With football season in full swing, odds are you are either watching the games to cheer on your favorite teams…or because you enjoy sipping a cold beer and eating nachos with chorizo.

While some of the writers and staff here at Diets In Review are avid fans of their hometown football teams, others (like myself) are in it purely for the halftime noshes.

Brandi Koskie, Managing Editor
Favorite College Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Favorite Game Day Eats: “I can’t watch a game without tacos and homemade guacamole. To keep it healthy, I use ground turkey with sauteed onions, green chilies, black beans and corn tortillas.”

Also try: Easy Grilled Fish Tacos, Baja Chicken Salad, Sunset Guacamole

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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Healthier Mexican Fare

Cinco de Mayo, which many Americans know as an excuse to drink Coronas and eat guacamole, is a day that has a great deal of significance in Mexican history. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

In Mexico, the day calls for great celebration, and Americans have adopted Cinco de Mayo as a celebration of Mexican culture that often centers itself around food and beverage. We all know that it can be difficult to stick to a diet or healthy lifestyle on holidays that revolve around salty snacks, cheese-drenched main dishes and caloric alcoholic beverages, so we put together a round-up of our favorite Mexican-style recipes for your own celebrations that won’t break your calorie bank.

This year, you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo without forsaking any of your cravings – or expanding your waistline.

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Eva Longoria’s Famous Chunky Guacamole from Her New Cookbook Eva’s Kitchen

On Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria‘s character Gaby Solis would rather dine out at a five-star restaurant than get her hands dirty in her own kitchen. However when she isn’t starring on the small screen, food is a family affair, dating back to her childhood on a Texas ranch.

Today Longoria runs two restaurants and has written her first cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, which is due to hit stores in early April. Among some of her favorite recipes, Longoria’s book offers personal anecdotes and family photos that chronicle her journey with food and cooking. In advance of the book’s launch, she shared some of her favorite recipes with, including her famous guacamole.

“I have a few tricks that give my guacamole great flavorand texture,” Longoria told Prevention. “First and most important, I use lemon juice instead of lime. Lemon has a little sweetness that brings out all the other flavors. Also key is to never skimp on the lemon or the kosher salt. Serrano peppers give it a great kick, much better than jalapeños. And finally, never stir as you add each ingredient to the bowl or the guacamole will become too watery.

“This is especially beautiful in a dish that shows off the guacamole’s green, white, and red colors, such as a molcajete–a Mexican mortar and pestle. Serve with tortilla chips as an appetizer or on top of steak,” Longoria said.

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10 Fresh Ways to Enjoy Guacamole and Salsa: It’s Not Just for Chips!

Don’t miss our Wholly Guacamole Giveaway!

Everyone wants to cut calories from their diet, but rarely are we as quick to be willing to cut flavor. I’ve learned over the years that the healthier foods actually have more flavor. More flavor and food that’s better for you? That, I believe, is what they call a win-win!

Condiments add pointless calories to meals faster than anything else. Spreads, dips, sauces and dressings are diet saboteurs, and while you might think giving up sour cream, salad dressing and mayo will force you to abandon good taste, our yummy tips save you calories and offer more flavor.

We’ve mentioned before that we love Wholly Guacamole and Salsa. Unlike a lot of packaged guacamole brands, there are real Haas avocados in each container, along with onion, garlic, tomatoes, jalapenos and cilantro. It’s a healthy snack at 45 calories per serving. So healthy that the brand is now the official Guacamole and Salsa of Biggest Loser.

We came up with ten swaps and recipes that use guacamole and salsa to cut calories while increasing flavor. We promise it works if you just try!
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