Under-400-Calorie Lunch Ideas That Are Filling (and Delicious)
Is it just us, or do the holidays really feel like they were yesterday? But just like that, it's May, and in about T-minus three weeks, swimsuit season will be here in all its glory, whether we like it or not. If you're feeling a little bit of holy-crap-I-have-to-be-in-a-bathing-suit-tomorrow-and-I-need-more-time panic, we're with you. Since we can't stop time, we put together seven days' worth of low-calorie lunches that don't totally suck. From an insanely filling bean burrito to a snack hodgepodge for the variety-minded, each option is totally delicious and under 400 calories. Keep scrolling to kick-start #BikiniMission2K15!
On days when a salad just won't do, a black bean burrito is comforting and filling and feels far more indulgent than it actually is. Just fill a whole wheat tortilla with 1/2 cup of cooked black beans, 1/4 cup of canned corn, 1/4 cup of low-fat cheddar, salsa, cilantro, and any number of veggies (chopped peppers, spinach, etc.) of your choosing.
Somehow the classic American cobb salad has been co-opted into a calorie bomb, but it's so simple to make a healthy and light version of the favourite. Combine spinach, two slices of chopped turkey bacon, 1/4 of an avocado diced, chopped tomato, one hard-boiled egg, salt and pepper to taste, and 1 tbsp. of light ranch.
For this filling vegetarian wrap, roast vegetables like red and green bell peppers, onion, and mushrooms and roll them into a spinach tortilla spread with hummus, olive oil, and sprouts. Yum.
White beans are a seriously underrated and inexpensive lunch food. Half a cup of canned Cannellini beans contains 100 calories, 5 grams of fibre, and almost 8 grams of protein—i.e., they'll keep you fuller longer. Our favourite way to prepare them is in a Mediterranean dish of sorts, with halved cherry tomatoes, parsley, olive oil, lemon, and crumbled feta cheese.
Like canned beans, canned tuna is another insanely inexpensive, high-protein, and low-calorie lunch base. Make some healthier tuna salad with chopped celery and apple, whole grain mustard, and 1 tbsp. of light mayo and serve with rye crackers, carrots, and hummus.
What's your favourite lunch option under 400 calories? Leave your ideas in the comments below! And then shop one of our favourite low-calorie cookbooks.