For most people who start a diet, finding low calorie foods to eat can be challenging. The usuals get boring and sometimes you just get tired of eating the same foods. At the same time, low calorie diets are almost impossible to stick to long term and they leave you hungry or with a lack energy. This is what makes people hate dieting.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating bland foods. The goal is to make your meals a pleasant experience. I use as many low calorie foods as I can so that I can eat more and more throughout the day. This is the key to how I maintain my weight and also how I manage to keep my abs looking good. As you begin meal prepping you’ll find that you actually look forward to eating and perhaps you’ll find it fun to hunt down different foods to eat in the upcoming week. Some of my favorites foods/meals combos that I’ve found were actually by coincidence and by just mixing things up and trying new things. I rarely use recipes because I like to stick to the basics and just add my personal taste into my meals.
Here are some of my favorites. You might already know these, but I wanted to share which are staples in my current meal plans. These stay stocked in my kitchen.
Smoothies are exceptionally popular as a breakfast, lunch, or in-between meal snack. On average, you can expect a smoothie to contain about three hundred calories, depending on what you enjoy and what you put into it. I like to use a variety of fruits and vegetables in my smoothies. Lately I’ve been using kale, spinach, carrots, and a bunch of blueberries. I’ve also added whey protein and cashew milk for more added benefits, post workout. It’s delicious.
Instead of red meat, consider switching up your meals with some fish. Salmon is very tasty and filled with health benefits. It’s loaded with omega 3s and the fish oil will help your cardiovascular system preventing heart disease. This fish can be prepared many ways to give you a satisfying meal at any time throughout your day. Salmon works at around 208 calories per 100g serving and is delicious when mixed with herbs, garlic or spices.
Chicken is another essential source of protein when following a strict diet plan. Chicken is less than 200 calories per 100g and can also be made in a variety of ways to create a delicious and tasty dish. The chicken should be “clean” so get rid of any excess fats around the meat and try to stick with chicken breasts. This is the leanest part of the chicken, arguably less flavorful, but you can season it to make it taste really good. Other sections of the chicken contain more fats and therefore would also contain more calories.
I never knew this, but Yogurt is widely used in healthy cooking. It’s a thick and creamy alternative to mayonnaise and better than other calorie dense creams. Yogurt can contain as little as 57 calories per 100g serving, as long as you choose a high quality non-fat option. Needless to mention the other health benefits of yogurt to your digestion system. Yogurt will add much needed good bacteria to keep your stomach functioning well and increase nutrient absorption.
People don’t eat enough fruits. Sweet choices include bananas, strawberries, kiwi, apricots and pineapple. I eat fruits strategically because of the sugar content, but they add value to your health. Fruits have many micronutrients, and are usually loaded with vitamin C. This will boost your immune system so that you don’t get sick very often. I try to eat fruits earlier in the day so that I have energy in the morning. It works well as a pre workout and just one banana or apple can fuel you for a one hour workout.
There is no reason why anyone wouldn’t’ be able to enjoy a tasty yet healthy meal, with low calorie foods. It’s super easy to just cave in and buy food and have someone else do the work for you by preparing it, but this loss of control is what gets people into trouble. Keep researching and keep trying new foods. This has worked for me in the past and continues to work for me in the present. I’ve become a much better food shopper and realized that I can eat so much more food, and still lose weight!