(DEFINITELY check out the Holey Donut link at the bottom, they have some tasty looking treats with half the junk of other stores)
Love brownies, Buffalo wings, cupcakes and more, but not all the calories and fat that come with 'em? So do we. That's why we developed 200 guilt-free recipes for our new book Hungry Girl 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories. Here are a few junk-food-inspired favorites from the book, plus some fantastic guilt-free food finds. Get ready to kick cravings to the curb, Hungry Girl style!
H-O-T Hot Boneless Buffalo Wings
PER SERVING (5 wings): 175 calories, 1.5g fat, 1,153mg sodium, 14g carbs, 4g fiber, <1g sugars, 27g protein
Pssst! You'll fool EVERYONE with these...
8 oz. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cut into 10 nuggets
1/4 cup Fiber One bran cereal (original)
1 oz. (about 14 crisps) Pringles Light Fat Free Barbeque Potato Crisps (or another fat-free BBQ-flavored potato chip)
3 tbsp. Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Dash of each onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a blender or food processor, grind cereal to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Crush potato crisps completely. In a small dish, mix crushed crisps with cereal crumbs. Add spices and stir well.
In a separate dish, cover chicken with Frank's RedHot and toss to coat. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Give each chicken piece a shake so it's not dripping with sauce, and then coat evenly with crumb mixture. Lay crumb-covered nuggets on the baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until outsides are crispy and chicken is cooked throughout.
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
Guilt-Free Junk Food Find: Popchips!
Never baked, never fried, these chips are POPPED, baby! They taste delicious, come in lots of fun flavors, and are low in calories and fat. AND there are single-serving bags available. It's our go-to snack when we want something crunchy and delicious without all the grease and fat that typically goes along with it.
"Swirls Gone Wild" Cheesecake Brownies
PER SERVING (1 brownie): 133 calories, 1.75g fat, 312mg sodium, 29g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 3g protein
The Cheesecake Factory's Brownie Sundae Cheesecake is rumored to have an insane 970 calories & 63g fat per slice. Make these instead!
One 18.25-oz. box devil's food cake mix
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
6 oz. fat-free cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1 tsp. Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pumpkin, stirring until completely blended. Batter will be very thick.
Spread batter into a large baking pan (about 9" X 13") sprayed with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, dissolve powdered creamer in 2 tbsp. warm water. Add cream cheese, Splenda, and vanilla extract. Whisk vigorously until blended and lump-free.
Spoon mixture over brownie batter and swirl with a knife. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely. Cut into 16 pieces. Enjoy!
MAKES 16 SERVINGS
Life-Changing French Fry Swap!
Fat-free, high-fiber, low-calorie French fries? Wow! Just grab a butternut squash, peel it, remove the seeds, and cut it into French fry shapes. Pat dry and sprinkle with kosher salt. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray, and then bake at 425 degrees for about 40 minutes, flipping halfway through, until crispy. TADA! Guilt-free fries with WAY fewer calories than regular ones. Yes!
Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Cupcakes
PER SERVING (1 glazed and topped cupcake): 109 calories, 2g fat, 230mg sodium, 21g carbs, 0.75g fiber, 12.5g sugars, 2g protein
HG Heads Up! There is an ENTIRE CHAPTER of guilt-free cupcake recipes in Hungry 200 Under 200!
2 cups moist-style chocolate cake mix (1/2 of an 18.25-oz. box)
One 25-calorie packet diet hot cocoa mix
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
1 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/8 tsp. salt
For Glaze and Topping
1/4 cup Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
1 tsp. light vanilla soymilk
1 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 mini marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a tall glass, dissolve cocoa mix in 1/4 cup hot water. Add 1 cup cold water and stir well. In a large bowl, combine cocoa mixture with all other ingredients for cupcakes. Whisk until smooth.
Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups and/or spray with nonstick spray. Evenly distribute cake mixture among the cups. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
To prepare glaze, place marshmallow creme in a small dish. Add soymilk and mix well. Once cupcakes have cooled completely, drizzle with glaze. Top with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
MAKES 12 SERVINGS
Guilt-Free Junk Food Find: Low-Fat Donuts!
If you love donuts (who doesn't?!), you'll FLIP for Holey Donuts! -- fat-slashed donuts in all sorts of insanely delicious flavors and varieties. Many of them have just 3g fat and under 150 calories! And here's a great tip... Order a bunch, wrap 'em individually in foil, and pop 'em in the freezer. They'll last for months and they thaw in seconds.