For many individuals who have made the decision to lose weight by going on a diet, they find that it’s easier said than done. The first few hours go by quickly…until it’s time for the next meal. This hunger is succeeded by the consumption of one (or several) delicious, high-calorie snacks, followed by a period of anger and self-loathing. In effect, longevity is easily the most difficult part of going on a diet.
However, this does not have to be the case. There are many low-calorie yet filling foods that make your diet far more simple. Here are some low calorie foods – and low calorie meals – that are sure to fill you up.
We’ll start with some light, simple meals that are very easy to make, relatively cheap, and perhaps inspirational for you in starting that diet!
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This popular breakfast food is notorious for its high fiber content, thus making it the perfect breakfast food. It is vital to start off your day with a healthy breakfast (anyone who has ever seen a kid’s cereal commercial knows this), as it provides energy, or “fuel” if you will, to the body which can be burned throughout the day.
In addition, it won’t leave you hungry earlier in the afternoon, which is when that bag of chips from the vending machine looks the most appealing. If you’d like, you can add healthy supplements like skim milk, sliced bananas, or even some cinnamon to add some flavor without conceding a large group of calories to your daily intake.
Several studies also suggest that instead of consuming three meals per day, it may actually be more efficient to consume five or six smaller “meals” per day. In that case, a thin soup is a perfect alternative – it can also be considered a “snack” if you plan on sticking to three meals per day!
Start with a basic broth, add some white rice, and slice in some carrots; this may not be a “big” meal, but it certainly does the trick, filling you up right and providing the basic energy to get you through until your next meal. Gazpacho (basically tomato soup served ice-cold) is another light soup option, if you’d prefer something a little sweeter.
3) Veggies and Hummus
Unless you absolutely loathe vegetables, this is an option that I highly recommend. Naturally, the hummus provides the majority of the taste, as well as adding key nutrients to your daily diet. The reason that I listed “veggies” instead of a particular vegetable is that hummus is extremely versatile, so you can add it to a variety of vegetables!
Carrots, zucchini, and even celery are considered the best complements to hummus, but explore the possible vegetable options yourself and see which option you prefer!
Now, let’s move to the more “full” meals, breaking down the key foods that make the meal so healthy. If you are looking for a hearty lunch or dinner option, this is the time to really pay attention! It should be noted that the caloric figure listed next to the name of the dish is a comparative figure, and assumes a typical portion size.
Therefore, if you want to make multiple servings, simply multiply the amount of each food item by the number of servings you wish to make. If you have any questions or concerns with the exact caloric content, the packaging for each ingredient should answer such questions.
Olive & Prune Chicken – Roughly 225 Calories
(1/4 pound chicken, 1/4 cup olives, 1/4 cup prunes)
This meal is as healthy as it is tasty. Grilled chicken is known for its high protein content, as well as copious amounts of Vitamin B. The prunes add sweetness to the dish, alongside its high fiber and healthy antioxidants.
As for olives…well, there’s a reason that they have been a staple in Mediterranean (notably Greco-Roman) diets for thousands of years. Their flavors interact very well with the chicken, adding “juices” to the dish, as well as mono-saturated fats, Vitamin E, and polyphenols to help with anti-inflammatory issues. You can also add broth, red wine, vinegar, and a teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil to get the sauce just right!
Healthy Hamburger – Roughly 390 Calories
(1/6 pound spinach leaves, 1/6 pound ground sirloin; onion, garlic, 1/3 teaspoon vegetable oil, large egg)
This meal combines the delicious taste of a hamburger with the health qualities of spinach and onions. Spinach is well known as a superfood that is loaded with key vitamins, and the additions of onions and garlic (you can also add a pinch of salt if you wish) substitute as flavors instead of high-calorie cheese, ketchup, or mustard.
This is a great dinner option, and a healthy replacement for a typical cheeseburger. If you are not a big onion fan, then you can always take them out or find a similar replacement; again, every meal listed can be adjusted to anyone’s taste preferences!
Steak Sandwich – Roughly 375 Calories
(4 ounces sirloin steak with fat trimmed off, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder and kosher salt, black pepper, 2 ounce slice of baguette (preferably whole wheat), 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard, 1/2 cup lettuce, 1/4 cup sliced tomatoes)
Yes, you are reading this correctly – a hearty meal with steak can be low calorie as well. While it certainly isn’t the healthiest option in the world, steak by itself is not only the best meat option available (compared to hamburgers, pork, bacon, etc.), but recent studies have reaffirmed the notion that steak is very healthy for your heart and preventing heart disease, while also providing healthy fats (yes, there are such things).
Whole wheat baguette is the preferred bread option here, but if you’d prefer regular white baguette, or require a gluten-free bread substitution, those can be made as well. Lettuce is known for its high Vitamin B and potassium contents, and tomatoes incorporate Vitamins C and K into its health benefits. Bon appétit!
Awesome Low Calorie Meals That Fill You Up!
Overall, there are numerous low-calorie meal options just waiting for you to discover them! These are just a few of the options, and you can easily adjust these menus to your dietary, nutritional, or like-minded taste.
Plan out your daily food intake, calculate your daily caloric intake, then enjoy these and many more delicious and low-calorie meal options!