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.
So you’ve decided to try quinoa. What can you do with it? A better question might be—what can’t you do with it?! Quinoa is a versatile grain-like “seed” that cooks up light and fluffy, with a slightly nutty, mild flavor. It can be used just like rice, as a side dish or combined with other ingredients to create a pilaf or even a main course. I like to make a couple of cups at a time and use my cooked quinoa in various recipes throughout the week. Here are a few of my favorites.
Seems as if it was just yesterday that we were bundling up to protect ourselves from those winter winds and storms. Now we’re rolling out the red carpet to greet summer’s sunny days. The challenge for cooks: What to make when it’s hot outside. It’s so tempting to head to the fast food drive-through for something easy and quick – but you know better than that! So what to do? We’re glad you asked. Here are our favorite tips for warm weather menus:
Sweeten a summer salad with fresh, flavorful fruit! Cubed cantaloupe is a colorful and nutritious addition, with a single cupful supplying more than 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A and satisfying 95 percent of your daily “C” needs. Sprinkle on pistachios or another favorite nut for added protein and crunch.
Light and fluffy, minus the mayonnaise in traditional egg salad, this spread makes a scrumptious sandwich filler or protein-packed cracker topping. The creamy texture comes from nutritious Greek yogurt, and avocado adds healthy fat to the mix. Stir in some spinach for even greater nutrition–it supplies hard-to-obtain vitamin K!
School’s almost out, which means end-of-year celebration notices are flying home in the kids’ folders. Sports awards ceremonies, classroom parties, graduation get togethers—whatever the occasion, chances are you’ll be invited to least one potluck, which means you get to pick a dish, any dish, to share with your kids’ friends and their families. Rather than bringing in yet another iceberg lettuce salad or box of processed supermarket cookies, why not impress the crowd with something creative?
Kelp is a quick-growing brown seaweed, popular in Japanese cuisine and packed with fiber, minerals and phytonutrients. As a noodle, it has a neutral, non-fishy flavor and a firm, chewy texture that softens upon soaking. Eating an entire package sets you back only 10 calories! Plus, you won’t get any of the starch or gluten that comes with “regular” pasta. Give kelp noodles a try in this colorful salad, made with shredded veggies, fresh herbs and hemp seeds for added crunch!
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