If you've been keeping up with my experimental eating endeavors, you may have seen my latest crazy diet, the "nacho diet."
If not, let me fill you in.
I recently went on a cleanse diet that basically let me binge-eat nachos for five days straight, and I somehow managed to lose weight.
Now, you're probably wondering, how the hell is that possible?
Well for one thing, I gave up alcohol and sugar.
Aside from that, I also got a little creative in the kitchen and figured out a few ways to lighten up those classic calorie-laden nachos and turn them into a somewhat healthy snack.
From Irish sweet potato nachos loaded up with veggies and fruity apple nachos drizzled in hazelnut spread to Mediterranean nachos that swap out the tortilla chips for crunchy cucumber slices, the healthy nacho possibilities are pretty much endless.
So I rounded up some of my favorite recipes from the nacho cleanse, and trust me, these things taste so damn good you'll never want to go back to eating normal nachos ever again.
Take a look at the pictures below to see some healthy variations of this Mexican snack.
Apple Pomegranate Nachos
Recipe: 2 apples, sliced 3 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread 1 tablespoon chocolate chips 1 tablespoon chopped almonds 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mediterranean Cucumber Nachos
Recipe: 1 cucumber, sliced 1/4 cup chickpeas 1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatos 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives 1/2 cup reduced fat feta cheese 2 tablespoons tzatziki sauce
Loaded Pizza Pepper Nachos
Recipe: 2 bell peppers, sliced 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatos 1/4 cup brocoli 1/3 cup chicken breast 1/2 cup fat free mozzarella cheese 1/3 cup tomato salsa 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Multi-Grain Waffle Breakfast Nachos
Recipe: 3 multi-grain waffles, cut into quarters 1/3 cup red pepper 1/3 cup reduced fat white cheddar cheese 1/3 cup avocado chunks 1/3 cup sliced jalapeños 2 tablespoons spicy salsa 1 fried egg
Skinny Irish Nachos
Recipe: 1 package of frozen waffle cut sweet potatoes 1/3 cup zucchini 1/3 cup yellow pepper 1/3 cup black beans 1/4 cup sliced jalapeños 1/3 cup spicy salsa 1/3 cup low fat Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 avocado, sliced
Naked Bell Pepper Nachos
Recipe: 2 red bell peppers 1/2 cup chicken breast 1/2 cup brocoli 1/3 cup tomato salsa 1 tablespoon sour cream 1/2 teaspoon black pepper