So you’re on a diet or you’re watching your weight, how about a few lunches that are low-cal and fun to eat? As a fitness trainer and nutritionist, this is one of the biggest complaints I hear – eating healthy is boring! Several years ago, I was dating a guy who ate high levels of protein. He never ate junk food. I remember listening as he told me he no longer craves junk food.
Today, it’s different. I don’t crave sugar like I use to. I trained my body to accept the good stuff. As a matter of fact, my body no longer likes the bad stuff, it rejects it. So, I ask you to tolerate the good stuff for a while.
Below, I have a few recipes to help you make the transition. And one of these recipes includes chopped almonds. The United States Food and Drug Administration tells us that eating nuts is part of a healthy diet and may reduce heart disease. Now if you’re not savvy in the kitchen, buy them chopped, to avoid any mishaps.
Lunch 1: Chicken and Almond Pita
- 1 tbsp almonds (chopped)
- ¼ cup celery (chopped finely)
- ½ cup chicken
- 2 tbsp low-Fat Mayo
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 Pita Bread
If you are using a frozen chicken breast, defrost the chicken in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator, slice, and cook in your oven for 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees. That’s it. No seasoning. If it’s easier for you to pick up a pre-made breast at the grocery store. Do it! Take the skin off and vuala. Cut the chicken into cubes. Place ½ cup of chicken into a bowl and then tightly wrap the remaining chicken and place in your refrigerator. You will be using this for lunch the following day. It will remain good for 3-4 days (150 calories). Add the chopped almonds, celery, low-fat mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard. Mix and spoon it into the pita.
Lunch 2: Wild Mexican Wrap
I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of Mexican food.
So pay close attention to the measurements. I know you’re going to love this!
- 1 small tortilla. Tortillas last about 3-4 weeks.
- ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup diced chicken
- 1 tbsp sour cream. (Sour Cream may also be used as a side dipping sauce.)
- ¼ cup mashed black beans (canned or cooked fresh)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
Mash black beans and mix in olive oil, cumin and chili powder, mix well. Heat in microwave for 30-45 seconds and mix again. Then, spoon the mixture onto two tortillas. Top with diced chicken, sour cream, shredded mozzarella cheese, roll, and enjoy. 180 calories/each
So there you have it, two low-calorie recipes that are interesting. I always encourage people to find the healthy foods that they love and create their own recipes. Why not? Creating a great low-cal snack can be just as enjoyable as eating one. Remember, it’s all about healthy living – mentally and physically!