38 Delicious Low Calorie Meals And Snacks

by Tory McBroom

Your ultimate resource for low calorie meals and recipes!

To lose weight and keep it off permanently you must do more than just diet – you must develop healthy habits (tweet this)!

And one of the keys to creating healthy habits that last a lifetime is to be creative with the foods you eat.

In other words, have an endless supply of healthy low calorie meals and recipes on hand to keep your diet fun and interesting.

With that in mind, I created this guide to help inspire and give you ideas that are not only healthy, but low in calories and big on taste!

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*Tip: Bookmark this page and comeback when you need some new low calorie meal ideas!

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Low Calorie Breakfast Ideas

Start your day off right with a delicious and filling low calorie breakfast.

Big Train Buttermilk Pancakes contain only 90 calories in 3 pancakes!  Add a little Walden Farms Calorie Free Syrup and greek yogurt for a filling low calorie breakfast.

Kay’s Naturals Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal contain only 100 calories per serving and 9 grams of filling protein.  Combine in a bowl with a half cup of skim milk for a quick and easy breakfast.

Sara Lee Delightful 100% Multi-Grain Bread (toasted) with 2 scrambled eggs and ½ cup skim milk make a great  low calorie breakfast.

Good Greens Bar – For those times when you don’t have time to sit down and eat you can grab one of these delicious and nutritious bars! Each bar has 100% of your daily fruits and vegetables with only 195 calories!

Vitalicious Apple Berry Vita Tops are another quick and easy way to enjoy breakfast on the go!  With only 6 grams of fiber and 100 calories they helps fill you up without packing on the pounds.

Tropical Smoothie – The high protein content mixed with tropical fruits makes a delicious and low calorie (only 200 calories) way to start your day!

Berry Easy Breakfast – Plus add 1 tablespoon almonds and 1 cup of coffee for a complete breakfast under 300 calories

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100 Calorie Snack Ideas

A good snack will be low in calories and help keep you feeling full between meals.  Pass on processed snacks that leave you hungry again a short while later and look for nutritious foods with a good mix of protein, carbs and little fiber.

Kashi Dark Chocolate Coconut Fruit And Grain Bar has only 120 calories and 4 grams of fiber and protein to help fill you up.  Plus, they make a great snack for when you’re on-the-go.

Unbuttered popcorn (3 handfuls) weighs in at under 100 calories. Season with pepper for added flavor!

Vegetable Brown Rice Snaps are great for those times you need something crunchy!  And with only 60 calories in 8 crackers you can enjoy them without the guilt.  Top with a little cheese or hummus for a delicious low calorie snack.

Unsweetened applesauce (1/3 cup) with 1 slice of whole-wheat toast is a geat low calorie snack option.

Yogavive Organic Apple Chips are a delicious and healthy alternative to crunchy chips!  Great way to satisfy that sweet too with only 35 calories per serving.

An apple with 2 teaspoons of PB2 Peanut Butter is an old-time favorite that’s low in calories.

Natural Organic Beef Jerky is one of those healthy snacks you probably thought were bad for you!  And th high protein content will help keep you felling full between meals without all the calories (only 100 cals per serving).

Light Cheese Snacks 50 Calorie Packs are just like Cheez-Its, but have half the calories!  Plus, the 7 grams of fiber per serving will help fill you up!

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200 Calorie Or Less Lunch & Dinners

By eating the right foods you can enjoy a delicious and filling lunch or dinner that contains only a few hundred calories.  Check out these tasty, yet low calorie options!

Guilt-Free Pizza Rolls are a healthier, homemade version of the popular snack you find in stores.  And best of all, they only contain 50 calories per roll!

Lemon Dill Chicken contains only 173 calories per serving. A very tasty way to dress up boring chicken breasts and it’s low in calories!

Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers contains 183 calories per burger and taste just as good, if not better, than beef burgers!

Jerky Chicken is a delicious Jamaican style dish with only 197 calories per serving!  Made with a blend of spicy herbs, vinegar and habanero pepper.

Pork Tenderloin In The Slow Cooker is another delicious recipe with only 180 calories per serving.  The pork slowly soaks up the juices and melts in your mouth.

Bev’s Orange Chicken is an easy recipe that combines chicken breasts and a delicious orange glaze with only 180 calories per serving!

Quinoa And Black Beans is a flavorful and high protein alternative to black beans and rice!  Makes a great low calorie meal on its own or a healthy side dish.

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Low Calorie Meals

300 Calorie Or Less Lunch & Dinners

Like the 200 calorie meals above, these 300 calorie options will fill you up and keep you satisfied without packing on the pounds.

Pecan-Coated Chicken is one of the more popular recipes on this site and has only 281 calories per serving!  It combines chicken breasts with a pecan, orange and spicy chipotle coating.

Tuscan Tuna Salad is a delicious twist on your regular tuna salad with only 253 calories per serving.

Easy Garlic Chicken is an easy and quick recipe with only 214 calories per serving.  This delicious recipe will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Alfredo Lite is a tasty and low calorie alternative to regular alfredo pasta.  Enjoy alfredo sauce again without the guilt!  Only 285 calories per serving.

 Grilled Chicken Mojito Sandwich contains only 275 calories and is the perfect combination of lime, chilies and chicken between 2 slices of bread.

Orange Scented Grilled Lobster Tails combines a little citrus flavor with delicious lobster tails!  Serve with a side salad and you’ll have a complete meal under 300 calories.

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Low Calorie Meals On A Budget

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a healthy low calorie meal.  In fact, some of the cheapest foods are all natural, nutrient dense and low in calories.

Moo Shu Vegetables is an eastern dish that’s highly nutritious, low in calories and easy on the wallet!

Low Calorie Bean Tostadas contain 257 calories each and are made with ingredients you probably already have on hand.  A quick and cheap meal!

Easy Chicken Lo Mein – This healthy and low calorie meal only costs around $1.20 per serving!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a cheap (only &1.35 per serving) and protein filled meal that will fill you up without all the calories!

Turkey Waldorf Salad is delicious, healthy and only costs $1.50 per serving! This simple recipe combines turkey, diced apples, walnuts, cranberries, celery and a little mayo.

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Low Calorie Quick Meals (15 Minutes Or Less)

The hardest time to eat healthy low calorie meals is when your crunched for time!  But, these quick meal ideas are perfect for when life has you on the run.

Fruit Salad In Seconds can be made in literally seconds!  Plus, it makes a good quick and low calorie breakfast!

Tuna Melts are high in protein and healthy omega 3′s! Plus, this particular recipe is ready in 15 minutes!

Barbecue Chicken Burritos with whole wheat tortillas and lightly covered in tangy BBQ sauce are healthy, low calorie and ready in just 15 minutes.

Chopped Salad Al Tonno is extremely nutrient dense, low in calories and ready in mere minutes!

Apple Chicken Stir Fry is a healthy blend of salty and sweet!  High in protein, low in calories and ready in 15 minutes.

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5 comments… read them below or add one

Trish September 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Very nice list Tory! Thanks for putting this together. I need to try the Alfredo Light since Alfredo sauce seems to be a weakness of mine!

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate September 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

Convenient, low-calorie meals and snacks can be a great way to maintain or achieve a goal weight. I think many individuals will find this list helpful as they plan their meals and set healthy weight goals.

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Mike Behnken Personal Trainer September 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Great article, I will print and hand it out to all my clients, if I have your permission to do so…

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Gretta October 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Quinoa and Black Beans is my FAVORITE dinner, although I call it Beanoa (been-wah!)
I put a little hot sauce in to kick up my metabolism and sometimes I add a little avocado and cilantro and it is a Mexican fiesta in my mouth. Also, i’m pretty sure the Jamaicans don’t call it “Jerky” chicken, like “That Chicken’s being a little jerky!” It’s called “Jerk” chicken. I LOVE unsweetened applesauce and those Kashi bars are to die for. This is an awesome list of great ideas for the dieting diner!

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Jeff Deasy October 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Thanks for a lot of great ideas for eating well & staying healthy!

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