Sure, we always try to eat healthy, but with winter blues, the end of resolution season and a long stretch until bikini time, it’s nice to have a little reminder — and a helpful round of recipes — to kick your cooking into gear. Forget juice cleanses and crash diets. These recipes, all under 450 calories, don’t sacrifice flavor, substance or your favorite foods. You won’t believe just how tasty, low-cal versions of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert can be!


1. Breakfast Tacos: Wake up to loaded veggie breakfast tacos topped with spicy chipotle sour cream. The best part? These 380-calorie tacos are just as good on-the-go! (via A Nutritionist Eats)

2. Bacon Parmesan Cornmeal Pancakes: When you think “healthy,” bacon and cheese don’t normally come to mind. But we trust a blogger who lost 100+ pounds cooking up her own meals, including these delicious savory pancakes! Calorie count: 291 per serving. (via Can You Stay for Dinner)

3. Banana French Toast Bake: Breakfast just got sweeter! At just 259 calories, this easy-to-make morning soufflé is loaded with deliciousness: Whole wheat French toast squares, fresh bananas and maple syrup. (via Skinny Mom)

4. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins: Make a batch of our chocolatey muffins and enjoy them all week long. They’re so good, we promise you won’t even notice there are veggies inside! Bonus: At just 150 calories each, you can treat yourself to more than just one! (via Brit + Co.)


5. Tuna Cabbage Salad: Up your sandwich game. Classic tuna salad gets a healthy, and crunchy, twist with delicious green or red cabbage, chives and Greek yogurt instead of mayo. Serve yours on whole-wheat bread for a 378-calorie lunch, or try it as a wrap and shave off almost 50 calories. (via The Kitchn)

6. Popcorn Crusted Chicken Tenders: Sub in crunchy popcorn instead of bread crumbs and you have yourself one lightened-up treat. A basket of these tasty tenders comes in at 353 calories. (via My Recipes)

7. Classic French Dip: Get the slow cooker out. These beefy sandwiches are irresistible. Loaded with brisket, onions and peppers on a toasty whole-grain baguette, and still, they’re only 364 calories. (via BHG)

8. Quick Homemade Ramen: It’s so easy to make this classic noodle soup at home, especially since the recipe calls for only eight ingredients and 20 minutes of your time. Calorie count: 209 per bowl. (via Pinch of Yum)

9. Ginger Butternut Squash Soup: All you need is five ingredients to make a bowl of healthy, sweet and savory soup. Made with fresh veggies, it’s no surprise this bowl is only 110 calories. (via Brit + Co.)


10. Grilled Hawaiian Burgers: You can have your bun and eat it too. Teriyaki marinade and grilled pineapple rings sweeten the deal, and if you want to go extra lean, try ground turkey instead of beef. Calorie count: 330. (via Skinnytaste)

11. Sweet Potato Mac ‘n’ Cheese: No need to give up the ultimate comfort food. This version, using skim milk and mashed sweet potato in place of a thick, cheesy sauce, only has 311 calories per serving. (via Cookin’ Canuk)

12. Garlic Butter Shrimp: You can’t go wrong with a plateful of flavorful shrimp and filling quinoa. Add a drizzle of butter to the mix (yep, butter), and you’ve got taste-bud magic. Calorie count: 332 per serving. (via Pinch of Yum)

13. Roasted Garlic and Chevre Lasagna: Here’s an easy weeknight dinner you can eat again and again: Eggplant, zucchini and onions replace noodles in this cheesy casserole. Calorie count: 200 per serving. (via Brit + Co.)

14. Penne Alla Vodka: Okay, this recipe skips the vodka, but it still has all the delicious flavor you crave from the creamy Italian dish. All it takes to drop this pasta down to just 324 calories is non-fat milk, whole wheat pasta and tomatoes. (via Fit Sugar)

15. Garlicky Meatballs: Each of these beef meatballs is just 279 calories, making them the perfect dinner or party appetizer. Serve them on their own, or if you’re missing your noodles, top off a bowl of spaghetti squash for a low-carb dinner. (via Two Sisters Two Cities)

16. Cheesy Spaghetti With Turkey Sausage: Use your noodle! Whole wheat noodle that is. Throw all of the ingredients for this recipe, including three types of cheese, into the slow cooker for a healthy, easy 256-calorie dinner. (via Skinny Ms.)

17. Asian Pepper Pork: Who needs takeout when you can make it at home? These peppery noodle bowls are loaded with veggies and sesame-ginger pork and set you back just 400 calories. (via LDS Living)


18. Skillet Fruit Cobbler: One slice of this cobbler only costs you 157 calories, so your waistline will be thanking you right along with your taste buds. Use whatever fruit is in season. (via Prevention)

19. Molten Lava Cake: It’s a sweet finish, and one you’d never believe was only 194 calories. Decadent, gooey mini lava cakes will satisfy the chocoholic in you. (via The Candid RD)

Got more recipe tricks and tips for turning your favorite eats into low-cal treats? Tell us below!