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Low Calorie Substitutions for High Calorie Cravings: Salmon Pinwheels

Various low calorie substitutions are available for salmon pinwheels. This mainly fish side dish is rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Three ounces of salmon contain about 7 grams of fat and 160 calories. When regular cream cheese or mayonnaise is used in the stuffing, this adds to the calories. Turkey, tuna and ham make some suitable low calorie alternatives for salmon.

Turkey Breast Pinwheels

Turkey is widely recognized for its low fat value. It is also rich in easily digestible protein. Roasted or processed turkey breast contains 2 to 5 grams of fat per ounce with 100 to 150 calories. Ingredients:

  • 1 large packet of turkey breast slices
  • 12 fat-free flour tortillas
  • 6 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • ¼ cup finely chopped watercress
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper

Mix all the ingredients except turkey, watercress and tortillas, preferably in a food processor. Lay out your tortillas and spread the mixture lightly on each so that it covers the entire surface. Place the turkey slices over the spread. Leave one edge free of the turkey so that the cream cheese spread shows. It will act as glue when you roll the tortilla. Place watercress along the edge lined with turkey slices. Pick up this edge and begin to roll tightly. Glue together once you get to the edge without turkey slices. Wrap the pinwheels tightly in a plastic wrap and keep in refrigerator. Slice into ½- or 1-inch slices just before you serve.

Tuna Pinwheels

Tuna pinwheels are a wholesome and filling meal. Tuna contains significant amounts of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. It also has essential minerals such as phosphorous, potassium and magnesium. A 3 ounce can of tuna contains 1 gram of fat and 120 calories. Ingredients:

  • 1 can of tuna
  • ½ cup low fat mayonnaise
  • 10 slices sandwich bread without crust
  • ¼ cup dill pickles
  • ½ cup chopped celery

Place all the ingredients in a bowl except the bread. Mix together so that ingredients are well distributed. Lay out slices of bread. Spread the mixture evenly but not too thick. Roll up each slice of bread. Secure the roll with a toothpick. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Ham and Pickled Okra Wheels

Fresh or cured ham is a good source of protein and vitamin A. A 3 ounce slice contains about 7 grams of fat and 150 calories. Ingredients for Ham and Pickled Okra Wheels:

  • 1 packet cooked ham, sliced
  • 8 ounces low fat cream cheese
  • 10 ounces pickled okra

Cut off both ends of the okra pods. Lay out the ham slices. Spread cheese evenly on each slice of ham. Place okra pods on each slice. Wrap the ham around the okra pods. Secure the seams with toothpicks. Place the rolls in an airtight container. Keep in refrigerator. Slice into ½-inch pieces when ready to serve.

Ham Salad Sandwiches

  • ¼ pound cooked ham, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup carrots, shredded
  • ¼ cup green olives, chopped
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • ¼ cup low fat cheese, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg, hard boiled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fat free mayonnaise
  • 8 slices whole meal or rye bread

Place all ingredients except bread and lettuce in a food processor or bowl and mix. Place mixture in an airtight container and refrigerate. When ready to serve, spread mixture onto slices of bread. Place a leaf of lettuce over the mixture for each slice. Place another slice of bread over the lettuce.

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