I have recently discovered so many new “diet hacks” that have made eating healthy 24/7 more tolerable. You want to be able to stick with it, right? The goal here is to NOT go to Taco Bell, ya know? It can be so hard, but the following foods will help you resist the urge to inhale that junk! 🙂 Now, these recipes aren’t going to taste like a cheeseburger, kid. They will, however taste delicious and won’t make you fat. The following recipes are some of the ones I use personally. I never get bored with them either.
1. Eggs and Toast
Egg Beaters – 100% Egg Whites – 16 oz – 250 Calories
Aunt Millies Whole Grain 35 Calorie Bread – 2 Slices = 70 Calories
Spray Butter (Optional)
Total Calories: 320 (If you use 8 oz of eggs instead of 16, the total calories, including the bread would be about 195 calories)
This is one of my favorite food hacks because I always feel so “bad” eating it because it tastes so good. I only eat my eggs scrambled so that is all I have egg whites to compare to, but they taste just as good as regular eggs. Mmm. I actually had this for lunch yesterday.
2. Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Okay, these are softer than real cookies, but taste just as good in my opinion. You can get quite creative with these too, which I LOVE.
– Half a Cup of Oatmeal (150 Calories)
– 1 Banana (Around 100 Calories)
– 1 Tbsp of Cocoa Power – 10 Calories
Total Calories = 260 Calories
Heat oven to 350 degrees. All you do is mix all three ingredients together until bananas are mashed, then create the size cookie you desire and place them on a baking pan. Bake for 12-17 minutes. The baking time depends on your preferences. I like mine a little browned so I put it in for 17. After that, let them cool for about 20 minutes and then gobble them up. Again, they aren’t going to taste like Grandma’s cookies, but they sure do cure the cookie craving.
If you are okay with extra calories you can add so many yummy additions such as raisins, sugar-free chocolate chips, peanut butter powder, coconut, and more. Yeah, adding chocolate is probably a fatty move on my part but it doesn’t hurt every once in a while. 😉
Yes you can have cereal on your diet. I actually would encourage it! Nope, you can’t have Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruit Loops, or Fruity Pebbles. You can however, have Fiber One Bran Cereal with Unsweetened Cashew Milk. It is actually SUPER-DEE-DUPER delicious. This cereal has ZERO sugar and the milk also has ZERO sugar. Both are also very low in calories. Definitely a go-to meal or snack.
Half Cup of Cereal = 60 calories
1 Cup of Cashew Milk = 25 Calories
Total Calories = 85 Calories for a bowl!
Don’t get freaked out over the cashew milk either! The trick to this milk is to let it sit in the cereal for a minute or two so that the flavor of the cereal can overpower the blandness of the milk. After that you will forget it isn’t even real milk. So good and so much better for you! Trust me. Try it. 🙂
4. Enchilada Soup
The typical low-calorie soups get boring after a while. They are usually very watered down and contain 3 noodles, 2 peas and a carrot. This soup however is filling and packed with flavor. You just have to make sure you get the LIGHT version. What I do to make the soup even more delicious is to add Texas Toast Southwest Tortilla Strips. It gives the soup an extra kick. They don’t get soggy easily, so you still get that crunch in your soup. SO GOOD. I will admit though, this soup is a tad spicy which I like, but not everyone does. 🙂 You can also add shredded cheese on top if you can afford the calories. 🙂
1 Can of Progresso Light Cheese Enchilada Soup – 180 Calories
22 Strips of Texas Toast Chipotle Cheddar Style Tortilla Strips – 70 Calories
Total Calories = 250 Calories
5. Cauliflower Rice
Don’t let the title of this one scare you away! I am someone who hates cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, avocados, red peppers, and black beans. I am PICKY. But Green Giant makes a delicious “Cauliflower Medley” as a rice substitute. The trick is to mix it with a few other ingredients that I will share with you in a second. First, let me say, the entire bag of this stuff is only 100 calories! This gives you a lot of room to add some flavor to it without loading on the calories.
1 Cauliflower Rice Medley Bag – 100 Calories
Half Cup of Corn – 60 Calories
Tortilla Strips (Plain) – 4 tbsp – 70 Calories
Total Calories = 230 Calories
There are many ways you can alter this recipe to make it how you like. Add your favorite dressing or other vegetable to give it more flavor. And of course, don’t forget salt and pepper! So healthy for you too. Ditch the rice and try this instead. 🙂
6. Halo Top Ice Cream
I am a huge Halo Top fan, so I couldn’t leave this out. The most amazing food hack of all time is the Halo Top Pints. They taste just as good as real ice cream but are only 280-360 calories for the entire pint. They also have less sugar, and more protein than regular ice cream. Guilt free dessert!
Hint: Microwave your Halo Top pint for about 20 seconds. Taste so delish!
7. Peanut Butter Spread
Powdered peanut butter doesn’t tickle everyone’s fancy, but If you love peanut butter, the following mixture will blow your freakin’ mind! I promise!
4 Tbsp of Powdered Peanut Butter (PB2 is the best) – 80 Calories
Half a Cup of Reddi-Wip – 60 Calories
Total Calories =140 Calories
Now this recipe is one you have to eye yourself when it comes to how much to use. It depends on how thick you want the peanut butter spread. Sometimes you have to keep adding powder and/or whip to get the right consistency for you. This tastes amazing on toast, bagels, fruit or even by itself!. Again, you can always experiment if your diet allows it. Sometimes I add chocolate chips as a dessert. My goodness. It is Amazing. Real peanut butter is so high in fat and calories, but powder peanut butter changes the game!
8. Tuna Cakes
OH YEAH for the tuna cakes. When I first tried these I think I ate them like 8 days in a row. Good grief they were yummy in my tummy.
1 Pouch of Tuna – 70 Calories
Half Cup of Panko Bread Crumbs = 100 Calories
2 Egg Whites = 50 Calories
Total Calories = 220 Calories
Optional: Lemon Juice, Pepper
All you do is mix the tuna and eggs together until completely until you can create a small round patty easily. Next you place them in a stove-top pan and cook them on med-high heat for 2-4 minutes on each side. I like mine to be very well cooked so I do the maximum. 🙂 When they are ready, make them even more yummy with a splash of lemon juice and pepper. SO. GOOD!
Okay that’s all folks. More to come in the future, as I am always finding new ways to enjoy my favorite foods. 🙂 Be sure to share any more ideas that you think should be on the list, in the comments below!