7 Ways to Make Lower-Calorie Versions of Fast Food Treats ...

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Everybody loves to treat themselves to fast food every once in a while.

But given that fast food tends to be high in calories and fats, it's not exactly healthy.

An occasional unhealthy meal won't do you any harm.

But if you want to eat fast-food style without eating unhealthily, you could try making healthier, lower-calorie versions of the fast food treats you love …

1. Fries

Fries

Given their name, we know that fries are very high in calories.

Frying anything means that it absorbs a lot of fat.

Try baking potato wedges in the oven instead.2

They'll only need a little oil, although you should baste the wedges several times so that they cook evenly.

You could also slice the potatoes thinly and put them under the grill;

the close heat source means that they'll crisp nicely.

2. Burgers

Burgers

Burgers also bump the calorie count up rather too much, especially if you add cheese.

Make your own burgers using minced turkey, which is leaner than red meat, and grill them.

Vegetarian burgers are also low in calories, and there are so many different recipes;

try using mushrooms for a 'meaty' texture and flavor.

3. Pizza

Pizza

If you often order a pizza when you're hungry and don't want to cook, make a batch of lower-calorie pizza and freeze.

Roll the base out as thinly as possible, and cover with tomato purΓ©e and vegetables or chicken.2

Leave off higher-calorie items like pepperoni and cheese, and serve your pizza with a large salad so that you eat less of the pizza.

4. Chinese Food

Chinese Food

Chinese food is delicious, but ordering takeout can mean a hefty intake of calories.

But you can make a tasty, lower-calorie version at home.2

Make a stir fry in a wok, which is designed to use very little oil, and serve it with plain rice rather than egg-fried rice.

You can also make steamed dumplings and a light soup.

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