Sunday, 26 July 2015

5-Minute 400-Calorie Meals

Slimming meals to help you shrink

Losing weight doesn't have to mean hours in the kitchen cooking healthy meals. These quick dishes rely on few ingredients, packaged foods, and simple instructions—leaving you no excuse to ditch your weight loss goal.

Egg & Cheese Breakfast Bowl

This breakfast bowl combines egg whites, cheese, potatoes, and turkey sausage into a hearty and protein-packed morning meal.
  • Microwave a Jimmy Dean D-Lights Breakfast Bowl (230)
  • Pair with one slice whole wheat toast (70)
  • Wash it down with 6 oz orange juice (80)
Total calories: 380 

Peanut Butter Soy Smoothie

Take a break from same-old cereal and milk. A sweet smoothie 
infused with creamy peanut butter packs in fiber, protein, and a 
serving of fruit.
  • To make the smoothie, blend 1 cup vanilla soy milk (100), 1 
  • Tbsp peanut butter (90), 1/2 banana (50), 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 
  • and 6 ice cubes
  • Pair it with a toasted whole wheat English muffin (130) with 2 
  • tsp all-fruit jam (20)
Total calories: 390

Blueberry Nut Oatmeal

We combine two of the healthiest foods—brain-boosting 
blueberries and heart-healthy oatmeal—to make your 
morning start right.
  • Cook 1/2 cup dry Quick 1-Minute Quaker Oats (150)
  • Top with 1 cup frozen organic blueberries (80), 2 Tbsp 
  • cashews (100), and 1 Tbsp honey (60)
Total calories: 390

Superfast Chef Salads

Creamy ranch dressing and shredded cheese make this 
healthy salad taste rich and satisfying.
  • To make the salad, mix 2 cups salad greens (20) with 
2 oz water-packed drained canned tuna (80) or salmon 
(60) and 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas (70). Top with 2 
Tbsp reduced-fat shredded cheese (50) and 2 Tbsp 
fat-free ranch dressing (40)
  • Pair it with a small dinner roll (78)
  • After the meal, enjoy a Hunt's Fat-Free Snack 
Pack Chocolate Pudding (90)
Total calories: 408-428

Barbecue Chicken Pita

Make use of leftover chicken in this tasty sandwich that 
sneaks in whole grains and veggies.
  • Stir together 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce (50) and 1/2 cup 
chopped precooked chicken (120); microwave for 30 
seconds or until hot
  • Cut a whole wheat pita (170) in half and stuff each with 
chicken mixture
  • Top with 1 cup chopped lettuce (10), 2 Tbsp diced 
cucumber (5), and 1 Tbsp fat-free ranch dressing (10)
  • Pair with 10 baby carrots (40)
Total calories: 405

Vegetarian Chili

Chili is an easy, low-cost way to add fiber and protein to 
your lunch. Get your serving of greens by pairing with a crunchy, 
refreshing salad.
  • Heat 1 cup Hormel Vegetarian Chili with Beans (190)
  • Pair with a large salad made with 2 cups lettuce (20), 
1 tomato (20), salad dressing spray (10). Add two 1/2-oz 
slices Alpine Lace Swiss Cheese (90), cut into thin strips
  • Eat with one 6" corn tortilla (60)
Total calories: 390

Confetti Pesto Pasta

Pasta cravings? No problem! Lighten your typical Italian feast 
by sticking to a 1 cup serving of pasta and loading it with lots 
of veggies and lean protein.
  • Combine 1 pint cherry tomatoes (50), 1 1/2 cups cooked 
green beans (66), 1 1/2 cups diced chicken breast (346), 
1/4 cup pesto sauce (230), and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • Add 4 cups cooked linguine (800)
  • Garnish with 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan (83)
Total calories: 395 per serving; serves 4

Tofu and Veggie Stir-fry

Make your own, healthier version of Chinese takeout even 
faster than the delivery guy can show up at the door!
  • Sauté in a wok or skillet 1 1/2 cups Cascadian Farm 
Chinese-Style Stirfry Blend (40)
  • Add 1/2 cup extra-firm tofu (100)
  • Stir into the stirfry 1 Tbsp peanut butter (90) and 
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce (5)
  • Pair with 2/3 cup Minute Brown Rice (150)
Total calories: 385

Vanilla Macademia Parfait

For an afternoon snack that will keep you full 'til dinner, try a 
sweet, nutty yogurt parfait.
  • Spoon into a bowl 1 container Stonyfield Farm Fat-Free 
Vanilla Yogurt (130)
  • Top with 1 cup Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs cereal (70)
  • Add 2 Tbsp macademia nuts (120) and 1 Tbsp maple 
syrup (50)
Total calories: 370

Sinless S'mores

For an after-dinner dessert, enjoy two chocolaty s'mores—
without major calorie overdose!
  • Place 2 marshmallows (45) and 2 chocolate kisses (50) 
on a graham cracker square (30) and top with another graham 
cracker square (30); repeat to make the second one (155)
  • Heat in the microwave until soft and chocolate melts
  • Enjoy with 1 cup fat-free milk (100)
Total calories: 410


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