Cheat Day Eats – 10 Macro Friendly Alternatives

Cheat Day Eats – 10 Macro Friendly Alternatives

Whether its Super-bowl Sunday or just a regular weekend, your “cheat day eats” don’t have to destroy your week of good behavior. Not only are these recipes delicious and low calorie but they’re instagram worthy too! ?

Planning some healthier alternatives to the normal “bar-food” experience you’d encounter at most super-bowl parties, is only half the battle. Check out our article 5 Simple Strategies to Beat the Weekend Binge for more health tips that will keep you from piling on the pounds and avoid the need for “cheat days” for good!


1. Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese Bites

This version of Mac n’ cheese is made with butternut squash sauce and nutritional yeast keeping this delicious meal to just 245 calories per serving. Split the recipe up into a muffin tray and divide the recipe accordingly for bite-size versions!


Serving: 1 portion | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1.4g

2. Sweet Potato Hummus 

Chips and dips are staples on super-bowl Sunday, but aren’t providing a whole lot of benefit to your body other than calories! Why not switch things up and get some extra veggies in with this simple sweet potato hummus dip and serve it with pitta chips or crunchy cruditĂ©s.


Serving: 2 tbsp | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g

3. Roasted Buffalo Brussel Sprouts

You can serve these brussel sprouts on a cocktail stick to transform them into super easy finger food.

Buffalo brussel sprouts


Serving: 50g | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g

4. Vegetarian Sweet Corn Fritters

Sweetcorn fritters


Serving: 2 fritters | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g

5. Easy Lean Meatballs

Use ground beef or substitute turkey for a leaner meatball. Skewer with roasted veggies to turn these into kabobs or serve with a marinara dipping sauce on the side.

Lean Meatballs


Serving: 5 balls | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 7g

6. Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe

This recipe is for 4 full sized servings. You could easily divide this recipe up though and serve your sloppy Joe mixture in slider-size buns to shave off plenty of calories.

Sloppy Joe


Serving: 1 bun | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 11g

7. Bang Bang Chicken Tenders


Serving: 4 oz (approx) | Calories: 195 cals | Carbohydrates 10g | Protein 26g | Fat 6g

8. Fat-Free Sweet Potato Fries


Serving: 150g | Calories 135kcal | Carbohydrates 31g | Protein 3g | Fat 0g

9. BBQ Turkey Flatbread


Serving: 1/2 pie | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates 30g | Protein 26g | Fat 11g

10. Eggplant Pizza Bites

These are genius! Like seriously, you’ll wonder why you never thought of doing this before. If you’re not a fan of eggplant though (really?!) then you could use sweet potato, zucchini or squash as an alternative “crust” for your veggie pizza bites. Pretty sure a piece of cardboard would taste good layered up with pizza sauce and cheese! ?


Serving: 1/4 of total recipe | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates 12g | Protein 10g | Fat 6g


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