FOOD & DRINK
11/22/2016 01:00 pm ET Updated Dec 20, 2016
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7 Brilliantly Better-For-You Recipes To Satisfy Your Guilty Food Cravings

If you’ve ever spent your Saturday morning scrolling through foodie snaps on Instagram and dreaming of eating better, today is your lucky day. We partnered with Curate Snacks to find the most brilliant substitute dishes for some of your less-than-healthful cravings. From a wholesome nachos dupe to a finger-licking squash-topped pizza, these irresistible recipes will have you eating better in no time. The secrets behind these healthful recipes? Less carbs, fewer fats, and more plant-based protein and nutrient-rich vegetables. Take a look below to see how you can swap a few ingredients and end up with a much healthier diet.

1. Want Nachos? Try Them With Lentils And Veggies 

You’ll never nuke nachos again once you taste the rainbow of fresh vegetable flavors in these Mediterranean-inspired nachos from Zena ‘n Zaatar. Zena makes her vegan, gluten-free nachos using lime-marinated watermelon radishes, heirloom tomatoes, lentils, corn, avocado and cashews.

2. Dreaming Of Cheese Pizza? Have A Slice With Butternut Squash

Hold the cheese and top your pizza with delicious, nutritious butternut squash. Blended butternut squash lends itself to a creamy, dreamy topping that’s sure to satisfy your cravings. The autumn and winter favorite is packed with vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Visit Healthy Grocery Girl for the recipe.

3. Craving A BLT? Make It A Chickpea-’N-T

We’re crushing hard on this smashed chickpea, cucumber and tomato sandwich, also from Zena ‘n Zaatar. One big bite bursts with so much flavor and protein, it will make you forget the letter B.

4. Feel Like Pudding? Spoon Up Black Rice And Coconut Milk

We’re pleased as punch (make that pudding!) to present a dessert that’s sensational, not sinful. Leno from Crazy Cucumber creates an antioxidant-rich pudding with mango puree, coconut milk and black rice.

5. Dwelling On Dip? Hold That Thought, Peas

All we are saying is give peas a chance. (Collective groan!) The next time you have a fry, chip or veggie stick to dip, try this mouthwatering pea dip recipe from Nourish Your Glow, which contains more fiber, protein, and vitamins A and B than traditional, caloric dips.

6. Want Lotsa Pasta? Give Zucchini Noodles A Go

The next time you’re in the mood for a big bowl of pasta, food blogger Amy Pruess of Parsley In My Teeth has a suggestion: squash and zucchini noodles! Homemade yellow squash and zucchini noodles mingle with savory tomato basil sauce for a dish that’s loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and potassium.

7. Contemplating Potato Salad? Lean Into This Lentil Version

 Kick your next get-together up a notch with this worldly twist on old-fashioned potato salad, from Luci’s Morsels. Luci’s recipe more than makes up for the subtracted mayo and eggs with lemons, mint and lovely lentils, which pack a protein, folate and iron punch.

Of course, some things are perfect just as they are. With Curate Snacks, you get the benefit of a satisfying and delicious way to snack that’s full of protein and plant-based fiber. Curate Snacks are non-GMO, gluten-free and never contain artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.

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