Slim down with these tasty, low-cal meal ideas.
Hunting for low-calorie meals that don’t taste like cardboard? Low-calorie recipes are a key part of losing weight and keeping it off successfully. The good news is they can taste delicious while helping you shed inches and pounds. This week, add some of these 20 skinny recipes under 200 calories to your menu plan.
We’re sharing yummy low-calorie recipes to cover you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Remember that many of our dinner meal ideas, particularly the slow cooker dishes, make fantastic leftover lunches. Simply pack a single serving into a to-go container during dinner clean-up so you’re ready to go the next morning when it’s time to leave for work. Be sure to check out 32 Clean-Eating Low-Calorie Snacks too.
We can’t say it enough: portion sizes are critical. Our recipes focus on clean-eating foods that nourish the body, but extra calories–even when they come with healthy food choices–add up. Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight by checking the portion size for each recipe to make sure you’re not inadvertently consuming extra calories. Try the 30-Day Skinny Plate Challenge to jumpstart healthy portion control.
It doesn’t matter whether you serve this as a low-cal breakfast or you treat the family to a breakfast-for-dinner night, this omelet offers taste, nutrition, and just 167 calories per serving.
This delicious breakfast recipe delivers 11 grams of protein and 84 calories in each perfectly-portioned serving.
After you taste this breakfast it might be hard to believe this recipe, using our skinnied-up version of that famous decadent spread, has fewer than 160 calories in each sandwich.
With 140 calories per serving, low-calorie recipes, like this dish, offer healthy fat, fiber, and antioxidants to get your day off to a great start.
Lunch & Dinner Recipes
With lean protein and loads of veggies, low-calorie recipes, like this one, will make you feel good about what you’re putting on the table–it has 192 calories per serving.
These green goddess wraps have also been referred to as salad tacos. Honestly, both names are fitting. Regardless of what you choose to call them, we know you’ll love how clean and refreshing they are!
This healthy soup recipe offers hearty flavor and just 183 calories per serving.
Our simple lunch or light dinner comes together in under 5 minutes and offers 191 calories in each serving.
This tasty toast makes a perfect quick-and-easy lunch. At only 140 calories per serving, you won’t break the calorie bank but you’ll still get to enjoy the creamy goodness of avocados.
I love how this chicken salad recipe feels like a meal instead of just a side dish. The flavors come together to be really comforting. In fact, it’s so tasty that you won’t believe it only packs in 167 calories!
Whether you need a healthy lunch or a light dinner, this less-than-200-calorie salad is a tasty choice that includes kale, pine nuts, olive oil, and more.
Brown rice, creamy broth, and just 180 calories make this a yummy way to stay low-cal.
Prep this dish ahead of time for those nights when you need an easy lunch or a light dinner–this salad has fewer than 180 calories in a 1 ½ cup serving.
Okay, so technically this has 201 calories per serving, but it’s so filling and so packed with superfoods like quinoa and beans that we couldn’t resist putting it on our low-calorie recipes list.
This Skinny Ms. fan favorite delivers moist, delicious chicken with vegetables in a dish that has fewer than 180 calories in each serving.
Sweet potatoes are so good for you – they’re my favorite superfood! They also have the perfect level of sweetness to take care of my sweet tooth while easily being balanced by savory ingredients like curry powder and earthy spinach… and you get all this for only 180 calories!
17. Vegan Beef Tacos
Each serving of vegan beef has only 91 calories, so you can have a lot of fun with this recipe and still keep things under 200 calories. When you wrap it up in a 100-calorie tortilla, you can make guilt-free tacos. Earn yourself a few extra tacos by using lettuce wraps instead!
Superfood dark chocolate gives an antioxidant boost to this sweet treat, which also happens to only feature 114 calories per serving piece.
This dessert recipe offers Greek yogurt, a natural sweetener, and berries. That means an indulgence you can feel good about–it has fewer than 140 calories per serving.
This delish dessert is a perfect 51-calorie option for treating yourself.
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Editor’s Note: Originally published Apr 27, 2015