Day 4 is starting out a little shaky for me. I’m hurting from celebrating a little too much last night. I really could use some of these tips today, especially since I have no motivation to even move ha. Alright, enough of my complaining, I need to suck it up! Today we’ll be discussing the different foods you can eat to still have a low-cal dinner without breaking a sweat in the kitchen.
This is perfect for beautiful days like today when you want to be outside after a long day of work, relaxing with your friends or your hubby/love, but not over do it with the calories which is so easy to do, unknowingly. Here’s what to eat instead…
If you’re out and about…
1. The smallest burger from a fast food joint, with mustard & ketchup (no mayo) and a no-cal diet beverage. And instead of fries have an apple or baby carrots at home.
When you’re home and in need of some relaxation…
2. A smoothie made with skim milk, fresh or frozen fruit & a sprinkle of wheat germ. I like to do strawberries & bananas, delicious!
3. Throw together a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread w/ a glass of 1% milk & an apple.
4. Precooked chicken strips with microwaved frozen broccoli topped off with Parmesan cheese. So quick & easy.
5. A bag of frozen veggies heated in the microwave and topped off with 2 Tbsp of Parmesan cheese & 2 Tbsp of chopped nuts, like almonds.
6. Keep lean sandwich fixings on hand for these occasions. Whole wheat bread, sliced turkey, low fat cheese, tomatoes & mustard w/ horseradish will do the trick.
These last 4 are my go-to-meals when I don’t feel like putting forth much effort…
7. A healthy frozen dinner entree with a salad & a glass of milk. I like Lean Cuisines & Smart Ones but I’ve heard that Amy’s Organics & Kashi frozen dinners are just as good, some would argue better.
8. Scramble eggs in a nonstick skillet. Pop some asparagus in the microwave & toast up a slice of whole wheat bread. Note that if you have healthy cholesterol levels you could have 7 eggs a week. A perfect, quick, throw together meal that tastes great, is satisfying and full of nutrients & protein.
9. Heat up a can of good soup. I recently discovered Wolfgang Puck’s Organic Soups, amazing!! Just like you were at his restaurant. (His vegetable minestrone is pictured above.)
10. Cereal, fruit & skim milk makes a good meal at any time of the day. I go to this one quite often when I’m still running around like crazy even though the work day is over. You can keep some frozen fruit around and pop it in the microwave for a minute or 2 before adding your cereal and milk.
Which is your favorite low-cal dinner in a pinch? Any to add to the list?