It’s tough to decide why quesadillas are so satisfying, could it be their cheesy goodness, crispy exterior or their simple yet exotic appeal? Either way, they are not exactly the healthiest of foods and if eaten at a restaurant, can pack in anywhere between a shocking 700 to 1,800 calories. To make a version that has less than 350 calories and is still delicious, just follow these simple steps:

  • Reach for whole wheat tortillas instead of the refined white flour ones to take advantage of the fiber.
  • Ditch the bland, overprocessed Cheddar and go for goat cheese. You save money because you need to use less, while still enjoying its creamy, flavorful goodness for lower amounts of fat and calories per ounce.
  • Add thinly sliced and sautéed butternut squash for a boost of carotenoids that are associated with reduced risk for cancer and eye degeneration.
  • Substitute meat with sautéed mushrooms and reap the benefits of vitamin B6, folates, niacin, riboflavin, iron, potassium, and selenium.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.