Planning your meals ahead of time is a great way to lose weight. In fact, most successful dieters will tell you that they had some sort of meal plan in place before even starting on their diet.
Now, from experience, let me tell you it can be a hassle to try and add up every calorie in every ingredient in your favorite recipes.
Luckily, you don’t have to!
Below is a list of 500 calories or less meal ideas, with calorie counts already totaled, so you can be sure you’re staying within your caloric goal for the day.
*Tip: Mix and match some of the 500 calorie meal ideas below with these to get a wide variety of foods while staying within your caloric goal:
500 Calorie Meals (Or Less):
Easy Stacked Breakfast Sandwich: 403 calories. Ready in minutes and full of fiber, protein and good fats!
Peanut Butter Wafflewich: 429 calories. Good source of whole-grains, good fats and protein, this waffle-sandwich weighs in at just over 400 calories with an 8oz glass of orange juice.
Stuffed French Toast: 430 calories. A delicious twist to a breakfast time favorite. Served with an 8oz glass of skim milk. High in fiber and protein to fill you up.
Almond Joyous: 470 calories. Served with two slices of multi-grain toast, this delicious smoothie breakfast is high in protein, good fats, antioxidants and more!
Ezekiel 4:9 Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal: 410 calories. 1 cup of the extremely nutrient dense Ezekiel 4:9 cereal in a bowl with 1/2 cup mixed berries and 1 cup skim milk. Add a side of orange juice to round out this wholesome breakfast!
Lunch & Dinners
Moroccan Vegetable Soup: 451 calories. Hearty soup served with garlic and herb pita chips and whole gran rice pilaf!
Chopped Greek Salad With Chicken: 491 calories. A delicious Greek style salad served with 2 slices of pita bread! Healthy and high in protein.
EatingWell Fish Sticks: 424 calories. Healthy, homemade fish sticks that are ready in no time. Served with a side of cheesy broccoli mashed potatoes!
Thai Beef Salad: 440 calories. This healthy Thai beef salad comes with a side of quinoa and a glass of red wine! Great way to unwind after a long day!
Salmon Salad with Goat Cheese and Oranges: 465 calories. Served with an 8oz glass of skim milk, this unique and tasty salad is agreat source of omega 3’s and protein!