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Take your slimming snacks and create magnificent meals.  Need inspiration?  Here’s one of my favorites:

2 of my favorite slimming snacks are low-fat cottage cheese and avocado.  Both of these are great slimming snack items on their own, but take it up a notch to create a magnificent meal. 

Take a dollop of cottage cheese with chunks of fresh avocado and ground pepper then add sliced Balsamic Grilled Chicken breast to the top.  To finish off the meal, create a lovely spring salad.  Whallah!  Slimming Snack turned Magnificent Meal.

Click here to view our quick and easy Balsamic Grill Chicken Recipe.

Remember, avocado may be high in fat, but it’s the good fat (HDL) your body needs – you know, the kind that lowers cholesterol.  Your body needs this type of fat (monounsaturated) for healthy skin, hair, nails, helps decrease belly fat and of course, to help lower the risk of heart disease and regulate blood pressure.  Avocado is actually a fruit, not a vegetable (hence the seed) and is considered one of the world’s healthiest fruit because of its high content of nutrients such as vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and copper.  Additionally, avocados have a reasonable amount of calories and is often used by bodybuilders and nutritionists.

Low-fat cottage cheese is high in protein and low in carbohydrates and fat providing you with a tasty healthy, cheesy alternative to high fat cheeses.  Cottage cheese is a nice option for those on a low carbohydrate diet who are trying to reduce the risk of heart disease.  Cottage cheese is a good source of calcium and vitamin D and therefore it provides a great benefit to your bones, especially in women who lose bone density as they age and enter their menopausal years.

There are many other ways to utilize these two healthy, slimming snacks as meals.  Cottage cheese has been used throughout time with fruit, but take it a step further and get some veges into your diet too.  Add sliced zucchini and squash to your cottage cheese with chunks of tomato and freshly ground pepper.  One of our favorite, albeit odd sounding, ways to use cottage cheese is in place of full fat cheese in a quesadilla.  Yes, it sounds strange, but it is delicious.  Spread the cottage cheese onto a tortilla, add a little cinnamon on top of the cottage cheese (I know, it sounds gross, but it’s really not), roll or fold it up and put in the microwave just long enough for the cheese to melt.  Whallah, a healthier and tasty version of the full fat quesadilla.

Avocados are great when used as fillers in omelettes, sliced or chunked and combined with fruit such as papaya or mango salsa.  Of course, there’s the all time favorite of guacamole, but to keep it healthy, use plain greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream.

These are just two of my favorite slimming snacks and how you can turn them into magnificent meals for you and your family.  Start looking at your favorite healthy snacks with a wider open-minded view and you too can probably create some amazing, yummy and healthy slimming magnificent meals of your own.

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