Low calorie meals will feature about a quarter of protein sources such as lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, beans and lean dairy. Your fat should be limited to a quarter of your low calorie meals as well and should be ideally sourced from olive oil, olives, nuts, seeds and avocados. Read on to find out about 4 good options for low calorie meals.
Ideas for Low Calorie Meals
- Brown Rice, Chicken & Pineapple
Sauté 4 oz. of a cubed chicken breast on a pan sprayed with some olive oil. Once the chicken has cooked, add half a cup of cubed pineapple and cook for another minute. Add a quarter cup of cooked brown rice into the chicken and pineapple mixture to finish the meal. This low calorie meal contains a total of 288 calories, with 45% coming from carbohydrates; 40% from proteins and a mere 15% from fats.
- Toast, Egg & an Orange
Take a whole egg and pan fry it. Toast one slice of whole-wheat bread and spread it with half a tablespoon of all-fruit spread. Peel a medium-sized orange to complete your breakfast meal that comprises a total of 215 calories. Of these calories, 58% are sourced from carbohydrates, 24% from fat and 18% from protein. The fat and the protein found in the egg will suppress your appetite until time for your next meal.
- Banana, Egg & Milk
In order to speed up preparation of your quick breakfast, simply buy some boiled eggs from your local grocer. You may then eat one large banana, a single boiled egg and one cup of skim milk. This will provide you with a low calorie meal that contains a total of 290 calories. Of these calories, 59% are sourced from carbs, 21% from protein and a mere 20% from fat.
- Chicken & Fruit Salad
Buy a 3 oz. rotisserie chicken breast from your local deli to make a healthy chicken salad that is low in calories. Prepare salad greens with one cup of chopped lettuce, half a cup of cilantro leaves and one cup of baby spinach leaves. Cube the chicken breast and toss it with your salad greens, quarter cup diced sweet peppers, half a cup sliced strawberries and half a cup cubed pears. Spray 2 squirts of low-fat raspberry spritz vinaigrette over the salad.