First everything in moderation, in other words sometimes just have the real thing. However if you prefer to enjoy those favorite foods more often…..

Pizza: Choose a thin crust, with lots of veggies, and lean meats like chicken breast, Canadian bacon or ham. If preparing at home, choose a whole wheat crust and or can make pizzas on whole wheat tortillas as well. And everyone can choose their own ingredients.

Spaghetti and meatballs: prepare the meatballs from ground turkey breast or chicken breast. Add eggs and oatmeal as binders with your traditional seasonings. Choose a no salt added sauce and add your favorite vegetables and seasonings.

Tacos: Choose a lean ground beef or ground turkey or chicken breast. Add a no salt added taco seasoning or create your own from cumin, cayenne, paprika, tomatoes and jalapenos. Add black beans, cabbage or spinach, roasted corn, your favorite salsa. Turn into tacos, nachos, burritos or a salad.

Steak and baked potato: choose a filet or loin or round cut. They are the leanest. For your potato….. it’s not the food it’s the portion. Choose a potato about the size of your fist or smaller. Instead of butter as an option you can roll the potato in olive oil then place in the oven or on the grill. Use plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.

Hamburger and fries: Make a burger with ground chicken or turkey breast or also a lean ground beef. For fries, bake sliced potatoes (you may use a mandolin) or can also make baked sweet potato fries. Toss the potatoes in olive oil, fresh cracker pepper, sea salt and some garlic powder.