Fighting the Freshman Fifteen - A College Woman's guide to Getting Real About Food and Keeping the Pounds Off

Fight the Freshman Flab With Low-Fat Alternatives

Asbury Park Press

By Patti Martin, Staff Writer - August 14, 2002

Want to steer clear of those tempting unwanted calories? Check out these recipes -- favorites of former college students Marisa and Marchelle Bradanini - which are among the 50 found in "Fighting the Freshman Fifteen: A College Woman's Guide to Getting Real About Food and Keeping the Pounds Off" (Three Rivers Press, $9.94).

NUTTY MORNING SALAD

1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons walnuts (or whatever nuts you have on hand)
½ cup chopped apple
¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 tablespoons raisins
1 cup mixed greens or any kind of lettuce

Drizzle the honey over the walnuts and stir to combine. Mix the apple, cottage cheese, and raisins together. Spoon over lettuce and top with wet walnuts.

Calories: 260

SPICY MACHO NACHOS

18 to 20 low-fat baked tortilla chips
¼ cup black beans, drained
2 low-fat cheese singles, cut into strips
3 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
¼ cup salsa

Place tortilla chips on a plate, scatter beans over them and top with cheese strips. Microwave for 1½ minutes or until the cheese has melted. Top with sour cream and salsa.

Calories: 325

PINK CELERY

2 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese
2 teaspoons strawberry jam or fruit spread
3 celery sticks

Combine the cream cheese with jam. Spread the cream cheese into the center of the celery, cut into 3-inch pieces. Enjoy.

Calories: 100.

MONKEY SHAKE

½ cup fat-free frozen yogurt
1 cup fat-free milk
½ cup chopped banana
½ cup ice

Blend all ingredients together and pour into a glass.

Calories: 250

SWEET TOOTH TOAST

1 slice light white bread, toasted
1 tablespoon low-fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon raisins

While bread is toasting, mix cream cheese with brown sugar and cinnamon, then spread it on the warm bread and top with raisins.

Calories: 120

FRUIT DIP

½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 tablespoons sugar-free strawberry jam
1 apple, sliced

Mix the cottage cheese and the jam until creamy, or use a blender to combine. Dip the apples into this delicious sauce.

Calories: 200

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