Summer is coming! I suppose for many summer is already here. I live in New England though where summer takes awhile to settle in. I do smell it coming in the air. The lawns are being mowed, the annuals are being planted, vacation plans being made and school is almost out. Yes, summer truly is coming!
Summer means more time outdoors and more time in shorts and bathing suits. For me this is all the more reason to watch what I eat! Plus when the heat is on one tends to eat less. I try to make my calories count (when I’m good). So I am looking for ways to lighten up my food.
Using sandwich thins instead of regular bread. The sandwich thin pictured above is whole wheat and just 100 calories compared to the 80ish calories per slice that most breads are.
Using a lemon hummus to dip my fresh veggies, this is just 50 calories per 2 tablespoons compared to the 110 calories of 2 tablespoons of a ranch veggie dip.
Measuring my condiments with measuring spoons. 1 tablespoon of a typical mayo has 90 calories! If I were to squeeze the bottle right onto my sandwich I am sure I would use that and more so I measure out 1/2 tablespoon. I just don’t seem to like the reduced calories mayos so I’d rather measure and use carefully.
All in all this lunch comes in around 500 calories and includes: a chicken cutlet sandwich with mayo, cherries, red peppers, carrots, snap peas, lemon hummus, Naturebox Guacamole Bites and Beanitos Chipotle BBQ chips.
For me this is a good calorie allotment for lunch. You should adjust your calories based upon your needs! I like to use my Easylunchbox (container shown in picture) as a guide. Once you know your calorie goal you can assign each compartment an approximate calorie amount.
Looking to add calories? Try adding a slice of ham and/or cheese to the sandwich. Use regular bread.
Looking to skim calories? Skip the bread and serve your chicken over or wrapped in lettuce. Sub out the mayo. Swap the Guacamole Bites and Beanitos for popcorn.
Most importantly this lunch had variety, great flavor, was filling for me and kept me from consuming twice the calories in less healthy options at a fast food place!
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