If you’re trying to concentrate more on the quality of food you’re consuming, rather than the calories (necessarily), here is a week of clean-eating meals. They lean toward low carb/high protein (mostly based on South Beach Phase One and Phase Two), and for the most part represent 1500 calories or fewer per day if you throw in a healthy snack or two. YMMV based on serving size, garnishes, etc. I’m pretty much omitting any breads and starches from these meals, and keeping fruit to a minimum (sugar). Plus throwing in more beans than probably the typical person eats in a week. You (and your significant other) have been warned.
Also, if you have yet to check out Kalyn’s Kitchen (from which I got a few of these recipes), you really ought to. She posted a recipe for Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt today that I’m just dying to try out.
Breakfast – 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 cup sliced peaches
Lunch – 3 cups baby lettuce mix, 1/2 chicken breast sliced, 1/2 cup white beans, 2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette.
Dinner – Garlic Lime Salmon with black bean relish.
Breakfast – Breakfast Casserole with asparagus, mushrooms, and goat cheese.
Lunch – Cucumber halves stuffed with tuna salad, 1/2 cup cottage cheese.
Dinner – Roasted chicken breasts topped with bruchetta, sauteed summer squash.
Breakfast – Protein Shake
Lunch – Greek Veggie Wrap in lettuce cups, red bell pepper slices dipped in hummus.
Dinner – Sausage, Peppers, and Cannellini Bean Stew with Parmesan
Breakfast – Cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes
Lunch – Moroccan Vegetable Stew served over spaghetti squash
Dinner – Sonoran Chicken (use light cream cheese, omit shredded cheese if you’re trying to cut calories)
Breakfast – Omelet with one whole egg and two egg whites, chopped lean meats and/or veggies of choice
Lunch – Salsa Burgers made with ground turkey (replace the bun with lettuce if you wish), sliced veggies (carrots, celery, radishes, cukes, etc) dipped in light dressing.
Dinner – Jambalaya