Why wait all week for a diet cheat day when you can savor something sweet, without the calorie and fat splurge, right now? Keep the mixing bowls and measuring cups in the cabinet. This melt-in-your-mouth, single-serve “cheat”—er, cheese—cake can be whipped up quickly in an ordinary mug. Add your favorite fruit for extra fiber, or keep it simple with just three ingredients for more authentic cheesecake flavor.
Big Italian dinners and diets typically don’t mix. But watching your waistline doesn’t have to mean rich, savory meals are always off limits. Rather than pining away for pasta, make a mouthwatering main dish with tender chicken, loads of veggies and bold flavor brought on by a long, slow simmer in tomato sauce with authentic Italian spices. You won’t miss the carb-heavy bed of noodles or rice under classic cacciatore combos thanks to this recipe’s 55 grams of protein per serving!
Ta ta, tomatoes! This salsa’s gone tropical, filled with chunks of mango, colorful peppers and fresh, flavorful herbs. Scoop it up with whole-grain crackers or organic blue corn chips for a healthy, hearty snack. It’s also great on grilled salmon (who needs creamy sauce?) or piled on a bean burger as a sweet and colorful condiment. Dip, dunk and heap on to your heart’s content—the whole bowl comes with just 311 calories and a little more than a single gram of fat.
Salad without lettuce is like…a breath of fresh air! If your diet has you dreading leafy greens, switch things up with this mixed-veggie medley of colorful peppers topped with tasty, protein-packed grilled salmon. Making your own dressing means you control the calories. Try non-fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt mixed with spicy horseradish for creaminess and a zesty flavor that perfectly complements the fish.
Simple. Satisfying. Healthy. Heavenly? With just 364 calories and 4 grams of fat, this light, layered breakfast is a dieter’s dream. Start the day with creaminess, crunch and a kick start from a cleverly mixed-in scoop of protein powder. Pre-make parfaits for easier mornings, drizzling on honey until just before serving.
Looking forward to another salad for lunch? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Just because you’re dieting doesn’t mean meals have to be boring and bland! Try this Asian-inspired medley of crunchy, colorful veggies, protein-packed turkey and zippy ginger-sesame dressing for a flavorful change of pace. A big bowlful is less than 350 calories, with 20 grams of protein to fuel you through the afternoon.
If you dread dry, bland diet breakfast food (fiber cereal, anyone?), these moist muffins will make mornings happy again. With just 136 calories and a single gram of fat, they’re a light, sweet start to the day or a deliciously guilt-free mid-morning snack. Bananas boost energy, while fiber-rich flaxseed fills you up, keeping those weight-loss efforts on track!
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