Losing weight is challenging and frustrating when it’s not going your way. If you’ve not eaten healthy in a while, it can seem difficult to make the switch from eating a pizza for lunch to having a clean salad. We are, after all, habitual creatures, and we tend to find it hard to let go of old habits.
That’s why it’s important to cook delicious and comforting recipes that will help you create a calorie deficit without having to give up on foods that you enjoy eating.
To do this, it’s necessary to first figure out what you like eating. For instance, if you love eating pizzas, you can swap the carb-dense crust for a low-calorie but a nutrient-dense option. Here, we’ve listed out a few delicious low-calorie options for you.
1. Collard wraps
If you like eating tortillas, this one’s for you. Just use it in place of your regular wrap, and you’re good to go. You can enjoy all the flavor of regular tortillas without loading up on the calories.
2. Portobello pizza
Pizzas are delicious, but they’re high in calories. So, next time you find yourself craving a pizza, all you need to do is substitute the base for a portobello mushroom. Don’t like portobello? You can use cauliflowers, toast, or veggies, in place of the regular crust.
3. Chow mein with squash
If you’re in the mood for some Chinese takeout, skip ordering in the carb-dense noodles, and make yourself a healthy yet satisfying chow mein dish with spaghetti squash. You can eat this delicious dish all you want, without feeling guilty about the calorie intake.
4. Cauliflower mac and cheese
A family favorite – it’s hard to say no to good mac and cheese. To make the dish more healthy, all you need to do is replace the macaroni with cauliflower.
5. Sushi bowls
While sushi is not really the most unhealthy of foods, why not make it a little more healthy by using brown rice or cauliflower rice, instead of the regular variant of rice. Instead of rolling it all up, just toss all your ingredients into a large bowl, and dig in.
Use these awesome recipes when meal planning to maintain a healthy diet!