3 most-filling recipes to enjoy while staying fit

orzo recipe

There are days inside our busy lives that we just want to devour anything in our sight, especially if we happen to be following a diet. It’s hard to fight temptation when the diet has become a routine – a boring one, to be precise.

We feel you, and we are here to tell you that your diet does not have to be dull in any way. If you’ve fallen into a routine with it, change it to become something you enjoy, while keeping your calories intake the same. 

But how? Well, getting creative with your diet is easier than you think. You just have to learn how to manipulate every recipe correctly in order for it to turn to a beautiful and tasty low-calories meal. And to help you, we have gathered a list of low-calorie recipes that will fill you up. 

Be sure to keep reading to learn and cook these delicious meals!

Spinach and Parmesan Orzo

Pasta is a universal favorite, and one of the most frustrating things about starting a diet is having to restrain yourself from a variety of foods, including pasta. But who says pasta can’t be healthy? Check out this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of orzo pasta
  • 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 ½ cups of spinach (roughly chopped)
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese (grated)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

How To Prepare

  • Cook the orzo pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, according to package instructions. Then drain well.
  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the cloves of garlic and onion, cook and stir frequently for about 3 minutes, or until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Whisk everything in flour until it’s slightly brown for about 1 minute. After that, whisk in the milk and cook until it’s barely thick, for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and cook until it’s wilted, for about 3 minutes. Stir the parmesan into the mix until it’s melted, for approximately 1 minute. 
  • Add the orzo pasta, and gently spread it along the saucepan, seasoning everything with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately.

Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes are a must-have in any diet. Super easy to make, super quick, and only require few ingredients. They are also a great pre-workout for those who are frequently in the gym. Take a look at this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tbsps of rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • cinnamon powder to taste

How To Prepare

  • Mix all four ingredients until uniform consistency.
  • Spread the mix onto a saucepan, flipping both sides for about 5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with honey or maple syrup, if you like.

Overnight Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a healthy classic, famous for being a low-calorie filling meal for whenever you feel like it. There are many oatmeal recipes and many ways to cook them, making it almost the most creative meals in the world, don’t you agree? Especially since you can add about anything to your oatmeal bowl from banana slices to peanut butter, honey or maple syrup.

Although there are many ways to prepare oatmeal, we will share the following recipe with you.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps of rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 2 fruits of your choice (diced) (example: strawberries and mango)
  • 1 cup of natural yogurt
  • 4 tbsps of coconut milk

How To Prepare

  • Add the chia seeds and rolled oats to a bowl. Then add the coconut milk.
  • After that, add the diced fruits and the yogurt on top.
  • Maintain it in the fridge for at least 6 hours. Serve right after.

Bonus Recipe: Smoothie

Since we’re talking about low-calorie filling recipes, we just had to include a bonus recipe for you!

Smoothies are also a classic when it comes to diets. You can easily make your own using very few ingredients, mixing them up to see what different combinations you like the most. Fast, simple, and yummy! Check out this bonus recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ a mango
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1 tsp of psyllium (optional)

How To Prepare

  • Drop all ingredients into the mixer, mix them all up and serve immediately.

Bottom line:

As we have mentioned earlier, maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires a lot of determination and willpower, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be boring. 

Let your creative inner self out! Make your food more colorful, intriguing, exciting, and tempting. Make your food be delicious and healthy enough to keep you going.

Remember to never start any extreme diet without consulting your dietitian. Trust a professional to help you reach your goal and follow a decent diet, without compromising too much regarding the flavours you like.

And be sure to come back to check more recipes like from time to time!

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