Five small meals [300 calories] a day is difficult! The timing and what to eat combined, oh and let's not forget the water... it's enough to send you screaming into the night. What prevents me from throwing in the towel? Well I do feel better and I like that I am challenging myself in deciding what to eat.
Before the challenge I always found myself eating what was easy and something that I didn't have to think about. Now I have to plan [which I should love to do] what I am going to have and start thinking about cooking around 5PM.
Back to the planning - remember to choose foods from 3 categories: complex carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
- low fat whole grain toaster waffles w/1 tbsp of reduced calorie syrup and fresh blueberries
- whole egg scrambled w/two egg whites and vegetable of choice [one bell pepper, brocolli]top with 2 tbsp of salsa. Serve with one whole wheat toasted english muffin
- Smoothie: 1/2 cup of skim milk, 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbsp of flaxseed, 1 tsp honey and 1/2 cup fresh berries - blend.
- egg mcmuffin toaster and with egg beaters it is just under 300 calories
- whole wheat sandwich thins, only 100 calories, few pieces if lean lunch meat & veggies for a yumo sammy
- Burrito: whole wheat torilla, 1/3 cup of black beans, 1 oz low fat cheese - heat in microwave for 2 minutes. Top with shredded lettuce low calorie salsa
- 1 cup of Hormel Turkey chili with beans and small side salad
- Veggie burger - on a low-calorie wheat bun. Broil the veggie burger. Serve together with 1 tbsp. ketchup, 1/2 cup lettuce and tomato, and piece of fruit on the side
- For something quick definitely check out the frozen meals like Lean Cuisines and Weigh Watchers. Those that are watching your sodium intake this may not be a good choice for you.
Here are some other great resources for 300 calorie meals:
- Diet Blog - shows actual photos
- From Daily Spark - love the photos showing 'this vs. this'
- Allrecipes.com has a 300 calories or less per serving - remember this is SERVING SIZE ;)
And if you can find the February issue of Real Simple on the stands it is worth picking up!Their section talking about superfoods is exactly what we are trying to follow.