Top 5 Tasty and Low Calorie Meals

By on March 13, 2011

All of the following are meals I have enjoyed over the course of the last 7 months. I incorporated them into a 1200 calorie a day diet paired with a 5-6 day a week exercise plan. Through this plan I have been able to meet and exceed all of my fitness goals. I hope you enjoy these super simple recipes as much as I do!

1. Huevos Rancheros
1 slice of whole wheat weight watcher bread (50 calories)
1 large omega 3 eggs (70 calories)
1/4 cup of salsa (30 calories)
A sprinkle of low-cal shredded cheese of your choice (Approx. 100 calories)
Total: 250 calories

I had the pleasure of having my Mom introduce this delicious little dish to me as breakfast during one of my visits; it was definitely a great way to start the day!
Toast the slice of bread and sprinkle with cheese. Prepare the egg your favorite way (I find it best when poached or sunny side up) and place over top of the cheese and toast. Heat the salsa for a few seconds in the microwave and pour over top of the egg.
TIP! To lighten the calories even further try a 1/2 cup of egg whites and hold the cheese to save 120 calories.

2. Taco Salad
As much mixed greens as you can handle! (Only 15 calories per 3 oz)
1/4 cup salsa (30 calories)
4 oz lean ground turkey (160 calories)
Half a cup each of green pepper (15 calories) and onion (32 calories) prepared as you wish, raw or sauteed
Total: 252 calories
(Add 15 calories for each additional 3 oz of greens)

This salad is a favorite of mine for lunch or dinner, its tasty, healthy and filling.
Saute the turkey with a little salt and pepper to taste, add in green peppers and onions. Toss with mixed greens and salsa.

3. Spicy Vegetarian Szechuan Stir-fry
1/2 cup of egg noodles (110 calories)
1/2 cup of firm tofu (88 calories)
2 tablespoons of Szechuan sauce (25 calories)
1/2 cup each of Brocolli (27 calories,) green pepper (15 calories,) bean sprouts (15 calories) and onion (32 calories)
Total: 312 calories

I enjoy this stir-fry at dinner mostly. If your not a fan of tofu, feel free to add your favorite protein or even more veggies, of course adjusting the calorie count accordingly.
Boil the egg noodles, saute the tofu and veggies. Toss everything together with the szechuan sauce.

4. Lemon and Dill Salmon, Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Sauteed Green Beans
4oz of salmon (190 calories)
4 mini potatoes (90 calories)
1/2 cup of green beans (22 calories)
1 clove of garlic (4 calories)
4 lemon wedges (8 calories)
A few sprigs of fresh dill (2 calories for 10 sprigs)
Total: 316 calories

Such a delicious and healthy meal packed with protein. A dinner must!
Mince the clove of garlic and toss with the mini potatoes and roast. Squeeze two lemon wedges over the salmon, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake. Steam green beans, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add fresh dill and the two remaining lemon wedges to the baked salmon before serving.

5. The Classic Breakfast
2 slices of turkey bacon (50 calories)
1/2 cup of egg whites (60 calories)
1 slice of whole wheat or white weight watchers bread (50 calories)
1 cup of halved strawberries (49 calories)
1/2 cup of blueberries (41 calories)
1 single size container of low cal yogurt, any flavor (35 calories)
Total: 285

I live off this breakfast! Trust me, you will not feel deprived whatsoever from this hearty, yet light meal.
In a non-stick pan, fry the turkey bacon and egg whites. Toss together the strawberries and blueberries and stir in the yogurt. I like to eat the egg whites on my toast to eliminate the use of butter or other condiments. If its a little dry, add a table spoon of salsa (and about 15 calories.)

Bon Appetite!

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