The key to a successful fast day? Healthy meals that pack a flavour punch. The perfect plate? Seasonal. Prepared from scratch. Low in fat and carbohydrate. Includes a moderate amount of lean protein. Jam-packed with vegetables, herbs and spices. Vibrant. Colourful. Full of flavour. Satisfying. It may sound like a tall order to fill, but it can be done. Here are fourteen 5-2 diet recipe ideas under 300 calories to get you started.
Each image in the picture gallery represents a recipe that carries an energy count between 200 and 300 calories per serve. Hover over the image for a recipe description and associated calorie count. Clicking on an image will take you to a picture carousel which includes a link back to the original blog post and recipe. Many of these recipes represent some of my favourite fast day ideas. With a higher calorie count, these meals a little more substantial than those in my previous posts Eat, Fast and Live Longer. 5-2 Diet Recipe Ideas Under 100 Calories. or Eat Fast And Live Longer. 5-2 Diet Recipe Ideas Under 200 Calories.
Use the picture galleries to tailor your fast day eating plan according to your tastes and preferences. For example, combine a lunchtime Apple Waldorf Salad (208 calories) with a dinner sized bowl of Chicken, Leek and Pearl Barley Soup (220 calories). This adds up to a total intake of 428 calories leaving room for an errant skim milk cappuccino (70 calories) or another fast day treat.
Start your day with a Baked Prosciutto Wrapped Egg (102 calories) and perhaps finish with a Spicy Mediterranean Soup (270 calories) for a total of 372 calories, leaving 128 calories to play with. Looking at recipe ideas under 100 calories this leaves room for a cup of yoghurt (88 calories), seasoned popcorn (62 calories) or beetroot crisps (67 calories). Of course when the available calorie count is almost exhausted there is always the fallback position of a cup of miso soup (35 calories) or unsweetened black tea (2 calories). The possibilities are endless. Planning is the key.
Next up will be the fourth instalment; 5-2 Diet Recipe Ideas Under 400 Calories featuring more substantial dinner options. These work best when your 5-2 fasting regime is well established and hunger pangs are under control.