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.
If leafy greens leave you longing for more, this hearty (yet not heavy) salad is going to hit the spot. Crisp, colorful veggies come together with couscous for a nutrient-packed, low-cal lunch or dinner side dish that’s as healthy as it is tasty. Toss with a tangy, homemade balsamic dressing and add a sprinkling of low-fat feta cheese for extra flavor.
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.
I’m one of those people who has an amazing memory when it comes to the exact number of calories and grams of fat in just about any consumable item — from carrot cake to cough drops — and I’m always on the lookout for foods that taste yummy but aren’t super-fattening.
This is why I always have a jar of Bell Plantation’s PB2 within arm’s reach– at home, in my desk drawer at work…even in my car.
If you want to make healthier food choices, you can reduce fat and calories in some of your favorite dishes by making your own substitutes for high-fat foods. Although they may not taste exactly the same, you’ll get used to the substitutes if you use them regularly — and your health is worth it!
Here are three recipes to try:
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