Vegetarian lifestyle

Low Calorie Vegetarian Options

Maintaining the perfect balance between a high and low-calorie diet can often be difficult. While we need calories for energy, a high intake of calories can result in unwanted weight gain. As a vegetarian, the options for low-calorie foods may seem scarce, but there are actually plenty of ways to get the right amount of calories and maintain a healthy body weight.

Often times, vegetarian dieters who seek extensive weight loss seek very-low-calorie diets. While these diets can indeed help shed pounds quickly, they are not always safe. Though minor, such dieters often experience feelings of fatigue and nausea. Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy options for a weight-losing, low-calorie vegetarian diet.

300 Calorie Recipes

Generally, a healthy low-calorie diet consists of consuming anywhere from 800 to 1500 calories a day. In comparison to the USDA recommendation of roughly 1800 calories for women and 2500 for men, many vegetarians are led to believe they must rely on low-calorie foods like cheap pasta to keep their weight low. This is certainly not the case. There are plenty of foods and recipes you can eat while keeping your calorie intake under 1500. Take a look at a few delicious, 300-calorie recipes below:

  • Roasted Vegetable Lasagna: Consisting of roasted squash, fresh herbs, and rich cheeses, there’s no need for meat in this lasagna dish.
  • Winter Vegetable Hash: Utilizing Yukon Gold potatoes and shiitake mushrooms mixed with bell peppers chopped kale, this dish is as delicious as it is healthy.
  • Farro and Honey-Roasted Garlic Tomatoes: A great recipe year round, this dish combines farro, a healthy whole grain, with cherry and grape tomatoes which are sweet in winter time.

Fresh Produce

In addition to the delectable and low-calorie recipes above, fresh fruit and vegetables are a great way to burn fat and keep calorie intake low. With the exception of packaged fruits that contain added sugar, fruit and vegetables are healthy—raw or cooked! Adding produce to your daily diet can be quite beneficial, especially when it’s fresh!

You can find a variety of fresh produce at farmer’s markets where the produce is grown locally, often in the absence of harmful pesticides. So get the most out of your low-calorie diet and utilize your local farmer’s market. Fresh produce can go a long way.

Looking for healthy, low-calorie vegetarian recipes? Take a look at our meal options here.