Ah, the calorie-counting struggle! On one hand, you’re trying to cut down on the amount of food you’re eating, but on the other, you need enough food to get you through the day. So, you need energizing, yet healthy meals on your weekly menu rotation. This list is filled with low-calorie, high-energy foods, such as quinoa, wild rice, buckwheat, barley, oatmeal, and bulgur. These foods give you lasting nutrition that can sustain you throughout the day without the high calorie count. Check out this list of low-calorie meals and never hit that energy slump again.
1. Quinoa and Broccoli Salad
Quinoa is full of nutrients, making it one of the healthiest foods there is. Combined with fresh and baked vegetables, this is a warm and cold salad that provides plenty of energy.
2. Quinoa and Chickpea Salad
Quinoa and chickpeas are two superfoods absolutely packed full of fiber, protein, and numerous vitamins and minerals. These two could carry any dish on their health benefits and energy alone, but the extra low-calorie veggies make this a delightful salad perfect for any meal!
3. Herbed Wild Rice Stuffed Potatoes
This dish also has two sources of energy: the wild rice and the potato. Despite the heavy starchy goodness, this dish has only 360 calories for a quick and easy energy-boosted meal!
4. Buckwheat Crepes with Fruit Filling and Yogurt
Breakfast is an important chance to get an energy boost that can last you throughout the day (or at least until lunch). These buckwheat crepes are supplemented with protein-packed yogurt and delicious fresh fruit for a fantastic, energetic start to the day.
5. Barley Salad with Chickpeas, Fava Beans, and Peas
The four titular ingredients for this salad guarantee it will be filling, delicious, and nutritious, without a huge calorie cost. Barley alone is a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, and all the energy you need!
6. Banana Walnut Overnight Oatmeal
Oatmeal has a well-known “stick-to-your-ribs” quality that fills you right up. It’s also a fantastic source of energy, and when supplemented with bananas and walnuts, is a great low-calorie way to power up!
7. Herbed Salmon with Broccoli Bulgur Pilaf
Bulgur is a low-fat, high-mineral grain. Eat it with salmon and broccoli, two other incredible sources of nutrients, and you have a healthy yet delicious meal for a late-day energy boost.
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