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Winter Comfort Foods Under 200 Calories
Indulge in your winter cravings while keeping your diet on the right track. Here are some of our favorite chilly weather recipes that all come in under 200 calories:
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccolini (194 calories)
Swap out the noodles for spaghetti squash in this nutritious, low-carb lasagna that packs in 109 mg of vitamin C and 413 mg of calcium. For variety, add some of your other favorite veggies, like mushrooms, zucchini, or artichoke hearts. Served right out of the spaghetti squash shells, this dish is sure to impress.
Southwestern Vegetable & Chicken Soup (199 calories)
When Grandma told you chicken soup helps keep you healthy, she was right. Made with poblano peppers, this savory vegetable and chicken soup is low in sugar, high in nutrition, and guaranteed to keep you toasty on a cold winter’s night. Make a big batch so you can enjoy it all week long.
Thin-Crust Tomato-Mozzarella Pizza (168 calories)
Who says cheesy and melty can’t be good for you? Unlike the unhealthy varieties many of us eat today, the very first pizzas in Naples, Italy, featured a thin crust and a variety of fresh toppings — just like this delicious recipe. And it’s as colorful on your plate as it is rich in nutrients like vitamin C, calcium, and fiber.
Spinach and Asiago Cheese Frittata (101 calories)
With loads of calcium, magnesium, and iron, it’s no wonder Popeye loved spinach so much. This spinach and cheese frittata is so amazing, it’s the perfect go-to for any brunch (or snack or dinner). And at only 101 calories per serving, you can thoroughly enjoy it with none of the guilt.
Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole (194 calories)
You might not think of potatoes when you’re watching your weight, but when they’re not loaded with cheese, sour cream, and bacon, they’re actually quite healthy. Plus, they’re rich in vitamin C and potassium. Made with mushrooms, greens, and savory spices, this twist on traditional mashed potatoes will satisfy your craving for carbs.
Pork Chops with Orange-Soy Sauce (162 calories)
Pork (aka the other white meat) is a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. And by roasting it, you can keep down the fat content. This Asian take on pork chops features a delicious orange-soy sauce that’ll make your mouth water. Serve with rice or quinoa and your favorite veggies.
Chicken & Spiced Apples (185 calories)
Sugar and spice and everything nice — for a low-calorie dish, this chicken recipe boasts a whopping 24 grams of protein. Herbes de Provence (a mix of dried herbs from the south of France) combined with sautéed apples give this dish a distinct flavor the whole family will love.
Thai Red Curry with Vegetables (180 calories)
Curry helps detoxify the body and it’s good for digestion. Made with “lite” coconut milk, sweet potatoes, and asparagus, this red curry and vegetable recipe is low in calories and packed with 52 mg of vitamin C. Thai food at its finest!
With fresh ingredients and the right blend of spices, you can enjoy all your favorite comfort foods while staying on track with your health goals.