Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Meals Under 300 Calories

Whether you want to maintain or lose weight, I've noticed that all the "trendy" diets always ultimately boil down to one thing: burning more calories than you're consuming. It's not a mystery, it's MATH. So quit torturing yourself, don't buy into crazy diet hype, be smart about what you eat and get active!
If you're just getting used to counting calories, the best way for me to get used to it was to limit myself to 300 calories for a meal. Here are a couple of my staples.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls (270 Calories TOTAL)
1 Packet "Better Oats" Brand, Raw Pure and Simple BARE packet of oatmeal (160 Cal)
2 Tbsp. Walden Farms No Calorie Peanut Butter Spread (0 Cal)
1 Tbsp. Ground Flaxseed (25 Cal)
1 Tbsp. Wheat Germ (25 Cal)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar (60 Cal)
Directions: Combine all ingredients, refrigerate for 20 minutes and roll into bite size balls. Enjoy!
Lettuce Tuna Boats and Cottage Cheese (300 Calories TOTAL)
2 Large Lettuce Leaves (0 Cal)
1 Tbsp. Low fat Mayo (60 Cal)
1 Can Chunk light tuna in water (100 Cal)
1 Tomato
1 Tbsp. Reduced Fat Bleu Cheese Crumbles
1/2 C. Fat Free Cottage Cheese (80 Cal)
1/2 Tbsp. Agave Nectar (60 Cal)
Directions: Drain tuna, mix in mayo. Lay into lettuce leaves, cover with sliced tomatoes and bleu cheese crumbles.
Side: Cover cottage cheese with cinnamon and nectar. It's good, I swear.
Bleu Cheese/Apple Spinach Salad (235 Calories)
1 Cup Spinach Leaves
1 Fuji Apple (60 Calories)
1 Can Chunk Light Tuna (100 Cal)
1 Tbsp. Light Mayo (60 Cal)
1/8 Cup Reduced Fat Bleu Cheese Crumbles (15 Cal)
Directions: Mix tuna and mayo, stack on top of spinach leaves. Add cheese and apples.
They aren't the most exciting meals, but hey, they're filling and cover your nutritional bases!
I hope everyone has a wonderful spring break! I'll be taking a break from blogging. Little Everly and I will be headed to Atlanta to visit my pregnant twin sister! I'm going to make sure she is well practiced before her baby boy comes!