Here are a few of my favorite quick recipes featuring low calorie (but rich in nutrition) ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
1. Greek yogurt with walnuts and honey.
Fat free plain Greek yogurt is fabulous because it goes great with everything. You can combine it with fresh fruits, dried fruits, vegetables or granola. You can use it instead of mayonnaise in recipes or as a salad dressing. It’s a fantastic base and you can get really creative when using it.
Here’s a quick snack idea, which will prevent you from going to McDonald’s on your lunch break.
Mix fat free Greek yogurt with 4 or 5 chopped walnuts and add a big squeeze of honey. You can also use it to make your own homemade fruit yogurt, just without all the added sugar and unhealthy stuff like those store bought yogurts. Few strawberries, blueberries or peaches, mix and your dessert is ready.
2. Hummus and vegetables
Need low calorie and healthy dip for vegetables or chicken fingers? You must try hummus. It’s a great replacement for fatty dips and you can make so many different versions. There’s guacamole hummus, sweet potato hummus, pumpkin, black bean, garlic hummus…you name it.
Example: carrots or asparagus + hummus = healthy 150 calorie snack.
3. Oatmeal with bananas and honey
I love oatmeal, and for a good reason. It is super simple to make, cheap, and offers many health benefits.
A bowl of oatmeal can lower cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of heart disease and is good for people with diabetes. Long story short, it’s ideal for almost all types of diets. You can eat it for breakfast or as a snack.
Mix 1 sliced banana and 1 Tbsp honey (or even peanut butter) in a small bowl of oatmeal.
4. Healthy, low fat Mediterranean style snack with cheese, tomatoes and basil.
I love this snack because it is so simple to make and it’s a health bomb. Take few slices of your favorite low fat cheese (if you can find real fresh Mozzarella that would be the best), one tomato (sliced) and few basil leaves. Add few drops of olive oil…Yum. If you need more calories in your meal, you can always add all this on top of a piece of toast or some crackers.
Antioxidants, vitamins, flavors – it’s all there…
They are full of vitamins and they come in all the fun colors. My base is what ever I have available at the moment; sometimes it’s milk, sometimes Greek yogurt and sometimes even plain water.
Just put your base in a blender, add fruit like apples or peaches, vegetables like cucumbers, some melon, few mint leaves or spices, press the button and it’s done.