We all need a little kitchen inspiration from time to time, especially when we're trying to follow a healthful diet without sacrificing the foods and flavors we love. So if you've been searching for new meals that are nutritious, easy to prepare, will help you lose weight (or keep the pounds off), and taste great, look no further. We'd like to welcome you to your 1,500-calorie meal plan. Throughout the week, you'll enjoy deliciously satisfying meals and snacks that have been handpicked by a registered dietitian — think things like chocolatey muffins, egg and bacon skillets (yes, bacon!), creamy frozen desserts, and even meatballs. Each meal delivers an array of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay in tip top shape, and will boost energy, crush cravings, and help you lose up to two pounds per week. Sound too good to be true? Give it a try and see for yourself.
Don't sweat it. This meal plan is both flexible and easy, so you can swap any breakfasts for breakfasts, lunches for lunches, and so on. Drink as many calorie-free beverages (coffee, tea, water, etc.) as you want and have up to two snacks per day. You can safely lose up to two pounds per week and keep it up until you reach your weight-loss goal.
Kick off your week with an energy-packed (and chocolate-drizzled!) muffin.
Load one medium baked sweet potato with 1/4 cup canned navy beans (rinsed and drained), 1/4 cup salsa, 1/4 cup low sodium cheese, 1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt, 1/4 avocado, and 1 tablespoon of chopped chives.
After whipping up a curry- and cayenne-flavored filet, indulge in a Yasso Greek Yogurt Pop in Sea Salt Caramel for dessert.
Good news: You can take this burrito to go if you're rushing out the door in the morning.
Toss 1 cup of steamed lentils with 1 tablespoon each chopped scallion and walnuts, and 1/3 cup each of chopped cucumber, tomato, and carrots. For a dressing, combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar. Serve over 6 ounces of baby spinach.
Not only is this parfait a healthy way to kick off your morning, but the colorful berries and kiwi make for the perfect Instagram photo.
To make Asian shrimp cups, combine 10 pre-cooked shrimp, 1/2 cup edamame, and 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper with 2 tablespoons peanuts and 1 teaspoon lower sodium teriyaki sauce in a bowl. Divide among four large romaine lettuce leaves. Serve with a medium pear.
Toast two Kashi 7 Grain Frozen Waffles. Top with 1 tablespoon of almond butter, 2 tablespoons chopped dates, and cinnamon to taste.
Having lunch out? Head to Chipotle and order a burrito bowl with romaine lettuce, fajita veggies, steak, and pinto beans (no rice). Skip the dressing and add one serving of corn salsa instead.
This pumpkin pie pudding is better than any PSL you'll order. Combine 1/2 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin with 1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt. Top with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a drizzle of honey. One ounce of dry roasted unsalted pumpkin seeds can also curb cravings.
Fuel up for a long day ahead with multigrain rice and a protein-filled egg.
Follow up a seafood entree with "baked" apples for dessert. (Psst: They're actually cooked in the microwave.)
To make a lemony tuna salad, toss half of a 5-ounce can of water-packed lower-sodium tuna with 2 cups chopped romaine, 1/3 cup chopped jicama, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 1/3 cup canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 1/2 cup edamame, 1/4 cup avocado, and 6 cherry tomatoes. For a dressing, add lemon juice to taste.
Pair a flavorful tenderloin with fave veggies sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
To make peanut butter porridge, combine 1 1/4 cup water with 1/3 cup oatmeal and in a saucepan and cook as directed. Stir in 1/4 cup skim milk, 1 tablespoon peanut butter (try Once Again Organic Unsweetened Peanut Butter, made with just one ingredient!), and 1 teaspoon honey until creamy.
Heat one container frozen Luvo Chicken Chile Verde as directed and plate with 1 cup of steamed spinach. Serve with a small orange.
Prep spiced apple wedges with yogurt by preheating the oven to 375 degrees. On a small rimmed baking sheet, toss two thinly sliced medium apples with 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger (grated and peeled) and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Roast 20 minutes or until tender. Serve with a dollop of low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt. For a deskside nosh, munch on 1 ounce (about 23) dry, roasted tamari almonds or Wonderful Pistachios Lightly Salted No Shells.
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