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Indulge on These 69-Calorie Nachos!
by: Shawn Ferrando
This dish provides the junk food taste without the guilt.
This dish provides the junk food taste without the guilt.

Q: Nachos is a popular appetizer at most gatherings, but is there a healthier version that I can serve without all the guilt?

-C. Staffordson, Mission Viejo, CA

A: Absolutely! This recipe is easy and delicious not to mention that it is only 69 calories, 1 gram of fat and only 153 milligrams of sodium per serving. Serve this at your next pot luck gathering and no one will notice the difference. Makes four servings, enjoy!


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican-style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, chopped
  • 4 ounces low fat tortilla chips (Trader Joes)


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Place chips on 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat until hot.
  3. Add onion, peppers, garlic, chili powder and cumin.
  4. Cook and stir five minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Stir in chicken and tomatoes.
  6. Spoon tomato mixture, cheese and olives over chips. Bake five minutes or until cheese melts.

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Owner of Shawn Ferrando Studio Fitness, Shawn Ferrando, has over 24 years professional experience in the health and fitness industry. Shawn has numerous National certifications including the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy Of Sports Medicine Advanced Specialization Sports Fitness Specialist, National Academy Of Sports Medicine Certified Core Stabilization Training, O.C.C. Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer, Apex Certified Trainer, AA Nutrition Education, Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Indoor Cycle Certification. Shawn has extensive experience in rehabilitation training (post injury/pre-post surgery), sport specific training and is CPR/AED Certified through the American Heart Association. Shawn is also a member of the world’s largest associations of Health and Fitness Professionals, Idea Health and Fitness Association and the American College Of Sports Medicine. To contact Shawn directly, please email her at

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