Nachos are infamous for their indulgent nature. Try these Lightened Up Nachos that combine that bit of indulgence with whole food goodness!
I feel like this recipe truly encompasses the “balance” in The Blissful Balance…
What I mean is, although I consider these to be lightened up (considering the fat content of traditional nachos that contain sour cream, fatty ground beef, etc), nachos aren’t typically known as a ‘health food’. But that’s the whole point here.
The Blissful Balance means enjoying foods without labeling them. We are all well aware of what foods society (and health professionals) have deemed unhealthy. My philosophy on health is simply choosing not to focus on food ‘labels’, but focusing on eating 80% whole foods, and 20% junk food. There, I said it. My lifestyle contains junk food. Can I scream that from the mountain tops (that don’t exist in Florida)?
SOMETIMES I EAT JUNK FOOD.
There, I feel better.
I feel like food/healthy living bloggers are viewed under one umbrella of a particular lifestyle. I am often portrayed as a ‘healthy living blogger’, which is fine because of what my perspective on health is, but I feel like that automatically makes people think that I’m some sort of health expert. Or a ‘wellness guru’, as I’ve been labeled in the past. Or that I live my life with zero indulgence, and that everything I eat is 150% good for me.
Sometimes I drink Diet Coke. Sometimes I eat cookies for a snack. Sometimes I drink too much alcohol. Sometimes I eat a fat ass bowl of spaghetti.
The point is – we all have different definitions of a healthy lifestyle. Mine happens to include foods that I know aren’t good for me, and I’m okay with that. I don’t eat them everyday, all the time, 24/7. But when I do, I don’t feel guilty about it.
Like these nachos.
Here’s why I refer to them as ‘lightened up’ – traditional (Americanized) nachos contain fatty ground beef (which would make me sick, anyway), sour cream (again, would make me sick), heaps of queso, sometimes cheese sauce.
My version contains:
- Corn tortilla chips
- Refried beans (optional)
- Black beans
- Low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
- Fresh tomatoes
- Fresh cilantro
I wouldn’t put these nachos under health food in a flow chart, but they certainly are lightened up. Oh, and my mom literally ate about half of the batch. I think she liked them. I wonder where I get my appetite from? Hmm… hi mom!
- 4 handfuls of restaurant-style tortilla chips
- 15 oz can of refried beans
- 15 oz can of black beans
- 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 avocado, cubed
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- Place one handful of chips on the bottom of a shallow bowl or an 8x13 baking dish.
- Using a spoon, add about three tbsp of each type of beans over the chips.
- Sprinkle beans with about ¼ cup cheese.
- Repeat process three more times. You'll want to layer this as if you were layering lasagna. Chips, beans, cheese.
- Once you finish the final layer, place the bowl or dish in the microwave and melt cheese at 45 second increments until completely melted.
- Sprinkle tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro over the top layer of melted cheese.
Join the conversation:
What does your philosophy on health look like?
What is the ratio of your diet (like how mine is 80/20)?
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