In theory, healthy eating in order to lose fat is a fantastic thing, but sadly, in reality, things aren’t quite that black and white.
As soon as the hunger pangs and cravings begin to kick in, a plate of steamed vegetables and baked cod may not necessarily be your idea of a delicious appetizing and appealing meal option.
Fit Fact: There are 9 calories in every gram of fat so tread lightly when consuming this macronutrient.
Let’s face it, fat in food is what makes it taste good. So the trick with healthy eating and low fat meals, is to make them taste amazing, while still making sure they’re packed full of natural goodness in the process, and low in fat.
People think of low fat meals ideas as meals that simply have to be low in fat, but that is not the case at all. Just because a meal is low in fat, that doesn’t make it healthy or beneficial, it simply means that it is low in fat. It could still be high in sugar and salt which can contribute to chronic disease. For people looking to lose weight the healthy way we’ll be taking a look at 6 simple and delicious low fat meal ideas to try.
Baked potato, tuna, pineapple, and cottage cheese
This simple meal/snack is incredibly easy to make, yet it tastes absolutely amazing, and is the perfect post-workout meal/snack for people who may have been lifting weights in the gym.
The baked potato is rich in healthy carbohydrates, the tuna is lean and full of protein, the cottage cheese is also low in fat and rich in minerals and slow-digesting casein protein, and the pineapple chunks are rich in vitamins and simple sugars that spike insulin levels and help increase the rate of protein absorption.
To make this meal, simply bake a baking potato until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Take a bowl, add your tuna, cottage cheese, and pineapple chunks, and mix.
Take your potato, cut in half lengthways, and scoop out the soft potato, making sure to keep the crispy skin intact.
Add the potato to the tuna and cottage cheese, and pineapple chunk mix, give a good stir and scoop the mixture back inside the potato skins.
Tuna salad wrap
Another very healthy and simple, low fat meals idea is to make yourself a healthy tuna wrap packed full of fresh salad and low-fat, protein rich tuna.
To make these wraps, take a couple of whole wheat tortilla wraps, pack them full of mixed salad leaves, sliced mixed peppers, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers, and then add a generous serving of tuna flakes.
Top with low-fat Greek yoghurt, a squeeze of lemon, and then roll them into wraps and tuck in, or alternatively, wrap them in foil and store them in the fridge for when they’re needed.
The bodybuilder special gets its name because, not surprisingly, it is a firm favourite pre or post-workout meal amongst bodybuilders and people trying to pack on lean muscle mass.
To make the bodybuilder special, you will need a generous fillet of salmon, preferably wild salmon, some sweet potato chunks, and some broccoli and/or asparagus.
Take the salmon fillet, add a slice of lemon, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and wrap in foil and bake in an oven until soft but cooked through. Whilst the fish is cooking, take your sweet potato chunks and boil them in water until soft.
When soft and cooked through, drain the water, add salt and pepper, and mash. Steam your veggies, plate everything up, and enjoy.
Energy packed breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so to get your metabolism burning at full capacity and to fuel your body for the day ahead, take some fresh oats, cook them to your liking, add some sliced banana, a scoop of chocolate whey protein, and a teaspoon of organic peanut butter.
This meal, whilst relatively high in calories, will fuel your body for several hours and is ideal for anybody who is about to hit the gym early in the day.
Turkey stir fry
Rather than chicken, why not mix things up and go with turkey instead? Turkey is even leaner than chicken, it is packed full of protein and minerals, and it tastes great in the process.
To make this low-fat turkey stir fry, simply take a wok, add a teaspoon of oil and fry your turkey until almost completely cooked, in a separate pan, boil some egg noodles in water.
In your wok, add some sliced stir fry vegetables, a splash of soy sauce, and your egg noodles, and cook for a further three to four minutes until the vegetables are cooked through, but still crunchy.
Mixed vegetable soup
For the ultimate low-fat, nutrient rich meal that gives you everything you need, try this mixed vegetable soup.
Simply fry some onions and garlic in a little oil until soft, add a selection of fresh diced vegetables, some vegetable stock, a teaspoon of cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper, and top up with water. Cook for 20 minutes, allow to cool, and blend the mixture.
Your soup will keep for 3 days in the fridge, and makes the ultimate healthy snack for when you can’t be bothered to cook.