15 Celebrity Hacks for Healthy Eating, from Carb-Free Chips to Cottage Cheese Popsicles

When it comes to cutting back on calories, these stars get creative in the kitchen

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Courteney Cox's Keto Chips

Trying to cut back on carbs? The Scream star approximates the taste and texture of tortilla chips by microwaving shredded mozzarella, stirring in blanched almond flour and baking the rolled out and sliced dough for about 15 minutes for a crunchy result she swears is "really good."

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Jimmy Kimmel's Bean 'Pasta Tina'

The talk show host packs some extra protein into his kid-favorite dish by blending cannellini beans (in the can!) and stirring them into pasta for a healthier take on mac and cheese. (His guest food critics, kids Jane and Billy, endorsed it at the end!)

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Cameron Diaz's Buffalo Cauliflower

For her take on buffalo chicken wings, the actress subs broiled cauliflower for fried chicken, and says the results are just as addictive. "Why is buffalo sauce so good? You could put it on anything, why are we messing around with chickens?" she asks.

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Chrissy Teigen's Just-Like-Lasagna

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Chrissy Teigen/instagram; Inset: Getty

For a lighter take on lasagna, the celebrity chef tops spaghetti squash with turkey bolognese and a shredded ricotta mix. The result: a filling and flavorful dish that's not nearly as indulgent as the original.

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Mindy Kaling's 'Nice Cream'

Adding a little cocoa powder and peanut butter to blended frozen bananas is a go-to sweet tooth trick for many celebs, including Mindy Kaling.

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Taylor Swift's Simplified Meatballs

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Taylor Swift/Instagram

The singer has called Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten her "hero," even cooking alongside her in the past. She counts Garten's meatball recipes among her top three to make, but she lightens hers up a bit by using only ground beef and leaving out the pork and veal.

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Jennifer Garner/Instagram

When it comes to dietary vices, Garner says "blue corn chips are my nemesis." On the "Pretend Cooking Show" she hosts on her Facebook page, the actress shared her go-to crunchy substitution to save calories and add a boost of nutrition. Garner uses dinosaur kale—which is sturdier than traditional curly kale, yielding a more structurally-sound chip—and roasts it in the oven with olive oil, parmesan, salt and pepper.

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Kristen Bell/Instagram; Inset: Getty

The actress' "major secret" to getting everyone (including herself) to eat their broccoli? Sprinkling it with crushed pretzels and parmesan. It may not add any nutritional value but, hey, that's why the broccoli's there!

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The Hills alum and entertaining expert doubles up on the veggies and uses almond milk in place of heavy cream in her chicken pot pie filling, making comfort food a healthy endeavor. Don't worry, though, her from-scratch pastry crust is still ultra-buttery—it's all about balance, right?

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The former first daughter steams and blends spinach to pump some nutrition into her pancake batter—a move that drew the ire of Twitter when she posted this photo on National Pancake Day. Her 3-year-old daughter Charlotte approves, though. "[She] would eat them all if we let her!," Clinton wrote.

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Instead of buying the calorie-loaded (but undeniably delicious) store-bought chocolate pops, the model makes her own version at home using greek yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese as the base, then adds peanut butter, cocoa, powder and Stevia to sweeten it before freezing.

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For a creamy sauce without any cream, the actress saves the water she cooked the pasta in then tosses it back with the pasta along with an egg and some parmesan cheese. The starchy water creates a lucious sauce without any dairy. To go the extra mile in cutting calories, she subs in turkey bacon for the standard guanciale or pancetta. Get our version of her recipe HERE.

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Baked Dehydrated Apples Chips
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Instead of stocking up on bags of potato chips, the mom of three whips up this sweet and crunchy snack "in a weekly batch" by baking thinly sliced apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon. "Whenever possible, I like to try to make things from scratch at home," she writes on her app.

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Padma Lakshmi/Instagram

If you've been on an indulgent streak for a while (hey, it happens), Lakshmi has a concoction that she created to clease her body after she's done filming Top Chef. She calls it "Cranberry Drano," and it consists of unsweetened cranberry juice, green tea brewed with honey, fiber powder, a vitamin C packet and water. "It all gets stirred up and handed to me two or three times a day before I go on set or right after I come off set to keep the pipes clean," she says.

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Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty
Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty

When the model and wife of Matthew McConaughey needs a sweet snack, she opts for baby food—something she says helps her de-bloat. She'll even sauté pureed vegetable packets in olive oil then add salt, pepper and spices and eat it like soup.

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