Before the challenge I always found myself eating what was easy and something that I didn't have to think about. Now I have to plan [which I should love to do] what I am going to have and start thinking about cooking around 5PM.
Back to the planning - remember to choose foods from 3 categories: complex carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
- low fat whole grain toaster waffles w/1 tbsp of reduced calorie syrup and fresh blueberries
- whole egg scrambled w/two egg whites and vegetable of choice [one bell pepper, brocolli]top with 2 tbsp of salsa. Serve with one whole wheat toasted english muffin
- Smoothie: 1/2 cup of skim milk, 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbsp of flaxseed, 1 tsp honey and 1/2 cup fresh berries - blend.
- egg mcmuffin toaster and with egg beaters it is just under 300 calories
- whole wheat sandwich thins, only 100 calories, few pieces if lean lunch meat & veggies for a yumo sammy
- Burrito: whole wheat torilla, 1/3 cup of black beans, 1 oz low fat cheese - heat in microwave for 2 minutes. Top with shredded lettuce low calorie salsa
- 1 cup of Hormel Turkey chili with beans and small side salad
- Veggie burger - on a low-calorie wheat bun. Broil the veggie burger. Serve together with 1 tbsp. ketchup, 1/2 cup lettuce and tomato, and piece of fruit on the side
- For something quick definitely check out the frozen meals like Lean Cuisines and Weigh Watchers. Those that are watching your sodium intake this may not be a good choice for you.
- Diet Blog - shows actual photos
- From Daily Spark - love the photos showing 'this vs. this'
- Allrecipes.com has a 300 calories or less per serving - remember this is SERVING SIZE ;)
One of their ideas is to roast broccoli in the oven and it delicious - I even combined it with brussel sprouts. I tossed them both in olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper...
Then roasted them on a baking pan at 375 degrees - less than 20 min but you want them tender, then sprinkled a little bit of parmesan on top!