It’s the time of year when the cookouts happen on a regular basis, grills get used constantly, and times are enjoyed with friends and family.  That doesn’t have to mean that all of the work you’ve done since January trying to get healthy has to go to waste.  So many of the foods served at summer parties have alternative ways to make them so you are serving or bringing something that will keep you on track.

Deviled Eggs are a classic appetizer found at summer cookouts.  A typical recipe calls for loads of mayonnaise, too much salt, and other less than healthy ingredients.  This recipe for Deviled Eggs uses substitutions you wouldn’t even think of to keep it low in calories and good for you.

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12 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled
1/3 cup nonfat cottage cheese
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
3 tablespoons minced fresh chives, or scallion greens
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Paprika, for garnish


The snacks and desserts are also a must at any cookout, but you still want to be healthy about it!  Try these Low-Calorie Black and White Brownies.

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sucralose-type sweetener
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup unsalted butter or soy margarine, at room temperature
2 large eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup white chocolate chips or chunks
1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


These are just some of the many ways substitutions can be made to keep your summer cookouts as heart-healthy as possible.  Please feel free to share any recipes you may have with us!


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