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.
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.
It’s OK to cave to cookie cravings with these quick, 50-calorie creations. Made with fiber-filled oats, rich cocoa and creamy peanut butter, they’re not only diet-friendly, they take just minutes to make—no oven required. See? A little something sweet doesn’t have to sabotage your diet!
French fries with zero grams of fat? That’s the magic of oven-baking and using creative, healthy substitutions for the usual heavy oils. In this recipe, sweet potato wedges are tossed with pure vanilla and a light sprinkling of cinnamon, then baked to crispy, chewy perfection. Not only are they packed with fiber, vitamin C and potassium, an entire serving contains just 144 calories!
That’s a wrap! End dieting frustration with a fruit-stuffed, protein-packed breakfast made with this season’s star berries. But before you break out the whole-wheat tortillas, take a peek at the ingredients list. The crepe-like blanket snuggling all that sweetness isn’t made from flour. Fluffy, flavorful and diet-friendly, it’s a combination of low-fat, high-energy morning favorites whisked and baked in a creative way.
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.
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