The vernal season is upon us. Shiny fruits and vegetables delineate textured rainbows in Farmers’ Markets and grocery stores. The produce is ripe and ready to be eaten. What better way to enjoy these natural foods than eating them raw? The following recipes are low calorie, healthy alternatives to your overcooked and over-processed foods.
This delicious salad makes an excellent mini-meal if you are counting calories.
- 4 oz. of non-fat Greek Yogurt (45 calories) (pro tip: make your own in the best yogurt maker)
- 2 large cucumbers (less than 12 calories)
- 1/2 (1.4 ounces) red onion (15 calories) (Here are some great onion choppers for you!)
- 1 teaspoon of dill (0 calories)
- 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds (30 calories)
Peel the two cucumbers and slice them in half. Scoop out the slimy seeds with a strong stainless steel spoon. The majority of the calories in cucumbers are stored in the skin and the seeds. Removing them reduces the calorie content to one calorie per four ounces of cucumber. Slice the cucumber into edible chunks and add to an air-tight container. (Here’s some awesome spiralizers to use!)
Finely chop the onion and add the bits to the container. Top with non-fat Greek yogurt, dill, and sesame seeds. Cover the container and shake vigorously for twenty seconds. Eat immediately or let chill in the best compact refrigerator.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
The following salad recipe is a truly sensual experience. Eat it slowly and discover the way that the strawberry bursts flavors into your mouth along with the effervescent spinach. You can feel tiny bubbles erupt in your mouth in a truly pleasurable manner. Add to this sensation of the delicate crunchy almond shavings, and you have a salad fit for Epicurious himself.
- 3 cups fresh spinach (limited stems) (20 calories)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries (50 calories)
- 1 ounce of shaved almonds (160 calories)
Fill up a large tupperware container with the spinach, strawberries, and almonds. Gently shake until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Entire recipe is 230 calories with 100%DV of vitamin C and 80%DV of vitamin E.
Bean Sprout Kappa Maki (Cucumber Maki Roll)
Bean Sprout sushi is one of my favorite things in the world. Because it does not contain any rice, bean sprout sushi is super low in calories. You could eat 30 or 40 pieces of Bean Sprout Sushi.
- 1 nori wrap (10 calories)
- 2 ounces bean sprouts (8 calories)
- 1/4 cucumber (peeled and shaved, no seeds) (0 calories)
- 1 tablespoon carrot shavings (5 calories)
- 1 ounce of soy sauce (10 calories)
Spread out your nori wrap and lightly spray with water or dab with water to make sticky. Add your bean sprouts evenly across the seaweed. In the center of the nori, create a line of cucumber and carrot. Carefully roll up the nori-wrap and cut into 6-8 pieces with a sharp kitchen utility knife. Arrange the sushi artfully on a plate and indulge. Entire roll has 33 calories.
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