The simmering of soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger transport us to the far eastern corner of the globe – which is exactly how these Asian-inspired lettuce wraps so graciously honor the Chinese New Year. You’ll find all those familiar flavors sautéed into mixed veggies and protein-packed tofu. Whether you’re celebrating this momentous day or gearing up for a socially slammed weekend of your own, this low-carb dish is a light and delicious way to kick things off.
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.
Soups and sandwiches go together like kids and lollipops. But just as kids grow up to prefer gourmet dark chocolate to a lollipop, many adults these days are enjoying the gourmet goodness of old-fashioned soup and sandwiches.
Let’s face it. Going bunless is no fun. But just because you’re on a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you have to stop stacking your burgers. Thick-cut, grilled zucchini slices make a great bulky-bread substitute and add extra veggie flavor to these Italian-style turkey patties. If snow season’s got your grill buried, bake both in the oven. Bored with burgers? Use this recipe to make meatballs, or cradle cooked patties in lettuce for a creative wrap.
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.
Crisp, sweet apples and chewy chopped pecans add autumn flavor and plenty of mouth-pleasing texture to this vegan chickpea salad. Serve as is on a bed of baby spinach, with crackers as a dip or tucked into a whole wheat tortilla for a wholesome wrap.
When you need food fast, fast food doesn’t have to be the answer. Swing by the supermarket and pick up a golden, tender rotisserie chicken for a hassle-free dinner that’s not only healthy but provides plenty of leftovers for additional quick-and-easy lunches throughout the week. After serving tonight’s meal—rounded out with a simple quinoa side or a leafy greens salad—shred what’s left and take a load off. Tomorrow’s lunch is practically in the bag…
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