Monday, July 9, 2012
It all started in the Spring when I just wanted to lose 10 lbs to feel comfortable on the kiddie rides at the amusement park with my daughter and not feel like a stuffed sausage in the ride. I have spent almost 4 months now collecting low calorie food idea for my new way of eating! I've lost 40 lbs since March 19th and have a list of low calorie foods I want to share with you so you can add them to your low calorie menu! According to Sparkpeople.com which I use daily, I personally should be taking in 1200 - 1500 calories a day. 300 for Breakfast, 400 for lunch, 400 for dinner and (2) 200 calorie snacks (which I break down and will eat 4 or more 80 or 90 calorie snacks during the day). I fudge things and sometimes only have 150 - 205 calories for breakfast, but may eat more for dinner to even it out. Some days I'm under the recommended calories per day and sometimes I eat out and am way over! I also work out everyday on the treadmill for 30 minutes at the least. Ok, some times I miss a day, maybe two, but 99% of the time I'm on there daily for 30 minutes.
So here are just a few examples of items on my list of foods:
Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Muffins - 260 Calories Each
Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Croissant - 290 Calories Each
Gorton's Talapia Fish Filets - 80 Calories Each
Bird's Eye Steamfresh Garlic Baby Peas and Mushrooms - 80 Calories for 3/4 cup (2 servings per bag so approx 160 calories for entire bag... not bad!) Note, my bag says 80 calories but the link shows 90 calories.
Hillshire Farm Lower Sodium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast - 60 Calories for 2 oz (makes good sandwich!)
Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat Bread - 100 Calories per slice (2 slices and some low sodium turkey and you have a 260 calorie lunch sandwich)
3 Egg white omelet (2 whites + 1 whole egg w/ yolk) - 106 Calories
Add some chopped green peppers, red onion, mushrooms and reduced fat cheese for a healthy taste!
Hard Boiled Egg White - 17 Calories (whole egg with yolk about 75 calories)
Multi Grain Cheerios (1 Cup) - 110 Calories
Skim Milk (1 Cup) - 80 Calories
Special K Chocolatey Pretzel Cereal Bar - 90 Calories
Nutri Grain Bars (Cherry) - 120 Calories
Lay's Light Original Potato Chips - 75 Calories for1oz or about 15 chips
Special K Sea Salt Cracker Chips - 110 Calories for about 30 chips
Jennie O Turkey Burger - 200 Calories (1) 4 oz burger
Wrap this in a lettuce leaf, add some tomatoes, onion, low fat mayo and save on calories from no bun!
Kroger Lite Cherry Cheesecake Yogurt - 80 Calories (Store brand, yours may vary in different locations)
* Of course all your 100 Calorie pack snacks as well
Fruits and veggies are always great snacks as well (click the links to see calorie info!)
Love carrots & fresh green beans that I cut into sticks and dip in low fat ranch dressing.
Keep in mind, you can still have things you love, just figure out what you can leave off to make them less calories. For example I love Chipolte and still eat it. I just eat it in a bowl (not a wrap), with fajita, leave off the meat and cheese and can get a burrito bowl for a little over 400 calories! Perfect to fit in my calorie in take for a meal. Can be less if you leave off the sour cream. Check out the Chipolte Nutrition Calculator and figure how you can save calories! Another example, I love Skyline Chili (A Cincinnati thing!). I figured out that I can eat a coney but leave off the hot dog and cheese and save a ton of calories (Basically a chili sandwich). I can enjoy more "chili" sandwiches since each has less calories without the dog and cheese.
I hope this helps you a little with idea! Please share with me what you like as low calorie meals/snacks.
Enjoy being a Mom All Day!
Posted by Robyn at 10:51 PM