It’s hard to resist all the delicious treats around almost every corner you turn this time of year. I know my workplace gets indulgent treats nearly every day in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and there’s no way I’m alone in that. When I’m not eating all of the delicious treats around me and eating out for a special gathering, I’m focusing on eat clean, wholesome meals. Then I don’t feel as bad when I have a savory or sweet meal.
This time of year also tends to be pretty busy with holiday preparations, parties, and the days are shorter making getting to the gym a little harder. Lately for meals at home I’ve been keeping it pretty simple with meals, not doing anything too fancy. Honestly, sometimes I enjoy that more than fully prepared meal. Here’s a few recipes I’ve been enjoying lately, along with their calories and macros.
Protein Waffle | I’ve discovered the protein waffle and I can’t stop. There’s tons of recipes on the internet for protein waffles that are low carb and low fat, but I will admit that the recipe isn’t the same as a traditional waffle mix. The waffles turns out a bit dry and needs to be topped with syrup (like Walden Farms), but I can see this being a crave buster when I decide to cut calories again. I use one scoop of protein powder (use your favorite), 1 tsp. baking soda, one whole egg or one serving of egg whites, and water. Mix everything together until it gets to a batter consistency and cook – this batter can also be used for a protein pancake if you don’t have a waffle maker on hand. The waffle doesn’t have to be reserved for breakfast – I love one of these top with some ice cream. Still on the search for a macro-friendly ice cream, aka Halo Top which is not readily available near me.
Veggie Crumbles, Rice, Veggies | Getting back to basics, I decided to grill up some Morningstar Grillers Crumbles with some jasmine rice, red pepper flakes, garlic salt, and pepper. I’ve been eating chicken for a few months now, but I don’t always want it so I still keep vegetarian protein sources in the fridge. On the side, I’ll have whatever veggies we have – green beans, asparagus, broccoli, mixed vegetables. One and half servings of crumbles and 40 grams of rice come out to 157kcal/17C/15P/3F. Feel free to use what lean protein you’d like in this recipe in place of the veggie crumbles.
Broccoli Slaw Salad | I’ve shared a recipe similar to this on my blog before, but this version is a little simpler that I can pair as a side with almost any meal – like those veggie crumble and rice! You can buy broccoli slaw in the produce section of your grocery store near the salad mixes and it’s pretty versatile. This would be great in a stir fry for some added crunch and volume, or alone as a salad. One serving of this, or 85 grams, is 25 calories and I’ve been mixing mine with a bit of lettuce for more volume, topping everything with a hard boiled egg and 10 grams of dried cranberries. The whole salad rounds out to around 129kcal/12C/5F/9P. Toss everything with some Walden Farms Balsamic Vinaigrette and you’re good to go!
In a few weeks I’ll get back to eating clean and wholesome for nearly all of my meals, but for now I’m keeping things simply and enjoying a few treats as they come up. Hope you enjoyed these recipes and you give them a try!