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A Fiesta of Flavor - Without the Fat

healthy recipe makeovers

The burritos you buy at your local Mexican restaurant could have 1,000 or more calories! But there's a quick and easy recipe makeover for burritos you can follow at home that's far healthier. Best of all, this low fat recipe doesn't sacrifice any of the flavor.

Start with the meat, if you choose to use any. The healthiest meat is ground turkey, but if you prefer beef try to get some with a low fat content like ground sirloin. Then, after you brown the meat, place is in a colander and rinse it with water. This drains the fat and reduces the calories.

Next, add your beans. Buy fat free refried beans, or you can use any type of beans (as long as they aren't canned with lard). Beans not only contribute to the flavor, they also give you a healthy dose of protein and fiber.

Tasty Toppings for a Low Fat Recipe Burrito

You obviously need a tortilla, or this quick and easy recipe wouldn't much resemble a burrito.A whole wheat tortilla or pita is the healthiest, but if you want to stick with one of the more traditional options use corn tortillas instead of flour since they have less sodium. Feel free to put a small bit of guacamole, since avocados contain fiber and monounsaturated fat.

If you choose to add cheese, then try reduced fat cheeses. It also helps if you choose a cheese with a strong flavor, since you can use less of it without sacrificing taste. Then pile on as many veggies as you want! You can even make your own delicious salsa using fresh tomatoes, avocados, and onions. Finally, cilantro can help flavor your burrito too without adding extra fat or calories.

Best of all, if you want dessert after your burrito, a sweet yet healthy papaya or mango is the perfect complement to the meal.

About our Savvy Advisor: Laura Horwitz

Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for nine years in both London and the US, focusing frequently on dieting, exercise, and health advice. Laura is a featured contributor to the "Recipe Makeover" series which serves up recipes with all of the flavor and half of the guilt!