Trying to lose weight? Probably the hardest thing for you is cutting down your calorie intake. There’s nothing more painful than not eating your favorite cuisine to get rid of those extra pounds just in time for your barkada or company outing. This is particularly true to us Filipinos, as we have always been known for our deep love for food.
If you are looking for healthy, low-calorie recipes, you came to the right place! Follow these tips and try these easy recipes the next time you’re in the kitchen.
- Say “no” to regular cooking oil.
Instead of choosing regular cooking oil which contains fat and is loaded on carbohydrates, choose vegetable or olive oil. It doesn’t just make your food healthier, it also enhances the flavor. You can never go wrong with fish as a substitute for meat. Try this easy recipe.
Grilled Bangus Steak
1 boneless bangus
1 bottle of Italian dressing
1 tbsp. of salt
Pepper to taste
Arrange the bangus on a plastic container. Coat the bangus with Italian dressing. Cover the plastic container and place the bangus in the refrigerator overnight to marinate. Grill the bangus and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Choose fresh.
After meals, dessert is a must. You don’t have to ditch the sweets just because you’re trying to lose weight. Instead of donuts and chocolate bars, choose fresh fruits as your dessert. Not only will it lessen your calorie intake, fresh fruits are also known to give you a clearer complexion.
Trying a new way to make your dessert is fun! Try this recipe.
Mixed Fruit Salad
½ cup of apple (chopped)
½ cup of banana (sliced)
½ cup of mango (sliced)
Low fat milk
Mix all the fruits together in a bowl. Add as much low fat milk as desired. Mix and let it sit in your fridge for at least one hour. Enjoy!
- Steam or grill what you can fry.
Most Filipino recipes are cooked by frying or other methods that involve cooking food in fat. Try other cooking methods such as grilling and steaming rather than frying. Frying will only add more fat to your food. Grilling and steaming locks in the nutrients from your food and gets rid of unhealthy fats and oils.
Steamed Butter Bangus
1 boneless bangus
1 onion (finely chopped)
3 tomatoes (finely chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1 tbsp. of butter
Steam the bangus until completely done. In a separate pan, sauté for three minutes garlic, onion, and tomatoes with butter as a dressing. Arrange the bangus in a plate and spread the dressing until it’s completely coated. Bon appétit!
- Switch to whole grains.
If you’re a sandwich lover, you might want to change your choice of bread to whole grain instead of the regular loaf bread. Bread made of whole grains gives you the essential nutrition you need such as fiber, and it will also slice down your calorie intake.
Looking for the perfect low-calorie merienda? Try this one.
2 whole grain loaf slices
1 lite sandwich dressing
Arrange the two slices of bread. Drain the tuna completely from its oil. Spread the tuna on bread slices and add lettuce. Spread a lite sandwich dressing according to your preference.
- Make healthy substitutions.
Indulge yourself on fish and chicken rather than meat. Sadly, you also have to remove the chicken skin as it contains extra calories that can easily add up over time.
Remember to follow the first example, choose vegetable or olive oil instead of regular cooking oil. Substitution won’t always taste the same as the original, but it’s guaranteed to be a whole lot healthier.
Juicy Grilled Chicken Breast
2 skinless chicken breasts
½ tsp. salt
In a plastic container, arrange the chicken breasts and sprinkle salt until completely coated. Cover up and refrigerate for at least two hours to overnight. When grilling, brush a little bit of vegetable oil on the chicken. Grill the chicken until it’s tender and juicy. Serve with some Romanian lettuce as a side dish. Happy eating!
Who says you should starve yourself to shed some weight? With these healthy and low-calorie recipes, you’re sure to eat you way into fitness!
Do you have any low-calorie recipes you’d like to share? Comment them below!