So you've found that exercise plan that you know is going to work for you. Now all you need to figure out is the right diet plan. Unfortunately there are so many foods out there that are chock full of calories and definitely won't help with where you are trying to get. But what if there were others that you could turn to? Read on to learn more about four calorie free recipes you can incorporate into your diet and exercise plan to get that body you've always dreamed of.
Jell-O with a Twist
Though the sugar free version of this popular snack isn't the liveliest thing in the world, you can give it a nice twist by adding any number of fruits to it. Try giving your strawberry Jell-O a tropical twist by adding pineapple. Or how about treating yourself for dessert with some fat free whipped topping.
Head over to the produce section for this next recipe. If you are craving something crunchy, try adding celeries, cucumbers, snap peas and jicama sticks for a delicious vegetable salad that is hearty and very low in calories. Better yet, add some fat free ranch dip to the mix and you've got yourself a party.
Berries and Cream
Berries and cream...what more could you ask for in a dessert? All you have to do is mix strawberries, blue berries, and raspberries in a bowl and add a dollop or two of fat free whipped topping. What's even cooler about this recipe is that the berries contain high levels of fiber that has been proven to eliminate calories resulting in weight loss over time. You could even add some calorie free chocolate syrup to the mix and you'll forget you were even on a diet in the first place.
Nothing goes better with a workout than a delicious bag of trail mix. But what kind of ingredients would help us get to that low calorie recipe we are looking for? Try mixing dried cherries, goji berries, brazil nuts, and dried yacon (a Peruvian vegetable that tastes like a dried Granny Smith Apple) for a low calorie, slightly sweet, and energy boosting snack before or after your workout.
Most of America’s most popular drinks are loaded with carbonation, caffeine, sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup. Even most fruit juices have far more sugar than you would expect. With all of that against it, it’s easy to see why most diets involve avoiding almost all drinks outside of water. There are options, however, that you can use to get around this. Zero-calorie flavoring syrups by Monin or similar companies, for example, can be used to make a variety of smoothies and other specialty drinks. Try experimenting with a few different options and find out what works for you.
So there you have it. Four calorie free recipes that you never knew existed. Try incorporating them into your current diet for a sweet and savory change up that gives you a little reprieve from the sometimes bland and boring foods you might be accustomed to.
By Kara Masterson
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