Making healthy food choices consistently is crucial when you’re trying to lose weight. Think healthy meals have to be boring? Thing again! A little creativity is all it takes to prepare delicious dishes that supply the nutrition you need while also satisfying your taste buds. Here are five options, all under 400 calories, to help support your weight-loss efforts.
Smoothies are a simple way to keep calories in check. They also allow you to pack in nutrients such as protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. For a quick, nutritious smoothie, combine 1 cup of low-fat yogurt with ¼ cup of mixed berries, ¼ cup of granola and 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder in a blender; blend until smooth and enjoy!
Oatmeal and nuts are naturally rich in fiber, which will help you feel full longer. Just prepare a single serving of oatmeal and top with ¼ cup of your favorite crushed nuts. Drink a glass of low-fat skim milk with this meal for added calcium and protein.
Spinach Salad with Chicken & Balsamic Dressing
Combine 2 cups of spinach, 1 cup of chopped vegetables of your choice (colorful vegetables such as peppers, carrots and tomatoes are best) and 6 ounces of grilled chicken breast. Top with ½ ounce of crushed pecans and balsamic dressing for a mouth-watering meal rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein.
Whole-Wheat Extra Veggie Pizza
Pass on white-crust pizza””whole wheat is more nourishing and tastes just as good, if not better! Top your pizza with extra veggies and go light on cheese. Two slices will satisfy hunger, provide plenty of nutrition and keep you from feeling deprived.
Dried Fruit & Nuts
Headed out for the day? Bring along a light meal of ½ cup of dried fruit and nuts. Almonds and raisins make a tasty, filling combination. Not only will you benefit from the healthy fats, but you’ll obtain good-for-you antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Assemble several bags or containers, and you’ll have a healthy meal ready to go whenever you are.