Shorts-worthy meals!

It seems Spring has sprung. I’m definitely not body ready. Time to go into overdrive at the gym and be a little more disciplined in the kitchen. I have been eating better the past couple of weeks and the scale is moving, slowly, but surely. I thought I would share a couple of quick meals that I have been using. They are delicious and quick to make.

Breakfast Shake

In a magic bullet I put:

  • 1/2 cup Pacific brand Lowfat Chocolate Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp roasted or raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use Lifetime Fitness brand-easy to grab while I’m there)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • a few shakes of cinnamon
  • a little water (maybe 1/3 cup)
  • some crushed ice

This shake has 336 calories, 47g carbs (21 from blueberries), 6g fiber, 6g fat (.4 sat), 23g sugar, 31g protein. It is very filling and the cinnamon will help stabilize your blood sugar. I don’t feel hungry for a long time when I have this for breakfast.


For lunch or snack, I have been trying to eat more tuna without the bread. It’s not the same. Wasa crackers are my new best friend! I make a quick tuna salad in a bowl using half a stalk of celery. The other half I smear with a wedge of light Laughing Cow cheese (any choice of flavor). I also have one clementine. It’s definitely a filling and delicious meal.

Tuna Salad

  • 3 oz. white tuna in water, drained
  • 1 kosher dill pickle spear, small dice (or sweet relish if you prefer)
  • 1/2 stalk celery, small dice
  • 1-2 tbs light mayo (each tbs is 35 cals)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • pepper
  • dill or dill weed (a little bit-or omit)
  • 1 wasa cracker, light rye

Mix all ingredients except Wasa cracker in a bowl. Break the Wasa cracker into small pieces into the bowl. Mix again. Eat with a fork.

This is crunchy and so good. Plus, it’s very quick to prepare and eat. It really keeps you full for a while and the texture is really satisfying when you are trying not to eat refined carbs.

Totals for the tuna salad (made with 1 tbs mayo), celery with Laughing Cow wedge and clementine are: 244 calories, 7g fat (sat 1.5), 21g carbs, 4g fiber, 10g sugar, 22g protein


Another quick lunch or breakfast is making an egg scramble or omlet.

Egg Scramble

In a small non-stick saute pan, over medium heat I put:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbs diced red onion
  • 2 asparagus spears, small slice
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet bell pepper (or mushrooms)
  • 1 tbs crumble feta cheese

Saute onion, asparagus and pepper in olive oil until soft. Add 1 egg and 1 egg white. Mix until eggs are cooked. Season with salt and pepper. This is so fast, especially if you dice the veggies ahead and keep in the fridge. The eggs and veggies will keep you satisfied for a long time.

Totals are: 242 calories, 17g fat (5.7 sat), 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 3g sugar, 16g protein


If you have some great, quick low-cal recipes, please share them here and I’ll see you at the park in shorts soon (too soon)!


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