New Year’s is here, and now is the time that most people are settin’ those goals. To help you out, we have a few recipes that should definitely be part of your 2017 eating plan! As a dietitian, I am always trying to create recipes that are low in calories, high in protein, and still taste amazing. As a mom, I also understand the constraints of time, money, and energy, so I try to design my recipes accordingly. The following recipes are easy, delicious recipes that’ll be a great addition to your New Year’s meal plan.
When it comes to breakfast, I want it fast. That can be hard when I also want healthy, so I often spend Saturdays prepping things like bags with all the ingredients for a smoothie, pre-made breakfast burritos I can pop in the microwave, or muffins I can grab in a hurry. If I don’t remember to prep or make meals, I’ll just throw together a refrigerator oatmeal the night before that I can take to work. With a little planning, you can get a little extra sleep and a healthy, yummy breakfast.
30-minute, 400-calorie dinners
I often see recipes for quick dinners, but they’re usually quick because they’re filled with processed foods. They might only take 30 minutes, but they’re loaded with fat, calories, and salt. I want to stay within my calorie goals and still be able to enjoy a large, filling dinner. With these recipes, I’ve paired lean protein with veggies so the servings are large, but they all stay under 400 calories.
Some of my favorite recipes replace high-calorie foods with lower-calorie fruit or veggie alternatives. By making a few substitutions, I can stay in my calorie limit with a much bigger portion. Some of my favorite things to replace are syrup, rice, and noodles. Give these recipes a try—they just might become your new faves, too!