When it comes to making healthy, lower-calorie vegetarian meals, many people think they’re destined for a life of salad and eating like a rabbit. But cutting back on calories as a vegetarian doesn’t have to mean zero variety or living off greens alone. In fact, with a little creativity, low-calorie vegetarian meals can be satisfying and delicious.
The trick for making a meatless meal filling is cutting out the empty calories and balancing a mixture of fiber-rich carbs, protein and healthy fat. Whole grains and vegetables provide filling fiber, while beans, lentils and quinoa provide the protein. Healthy fats like avocado, olive oil and nuts balance out the meal and help keep you satisfied.
Finally, boosting meals with lots of flavor is a great way to keep your meals interesting. Fresh herbs and spices go a long way toward bumping up taste without adding calories or fat to a dish.
Here are a few vegetarian-friendly MyFitnessPal recipes for healthy, satisfying meals with less than 400 calories: