Low-Calorie Recipes

Low-Calorie Recipes

Delicious Low-Calorie recipes can be hard to come by and without them, it can be so difficult to stay on any kind of diet. So, I put together a list of recipes I love to use when I am diet or just trying to maintain my weight. WIth the holidays coming, I try to have as many good recipes I can to help myself stay on track. So far, I have collected recipes for Low-Calorie Smoothies and Low-Calorie Overnight Oats, but more are to come.

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats were initially introduced to me by a former fitness instructor of mine. His initial recipe was 1/2 cup of oats, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butters and a cup of almond milk. After my first try, I was hooked. But, the calorie content was higher than I would like. This recipe runs about 400 calories and close to 500 on those days I wanted to add two tablespoons of peanut butter, which, I am not going to lie, was more frequent then not. So, I needed something a little less in calorie to start my day so I began looking for new recipes.

I have always liked oatmeal. It is savory and keeps me full all morning, but, prior to my discovery of overnight oats, never made them too often simply because I am not great in the morning and never felt like pulling out a pot, cooking the oatmeal, cleaning the pot. As a working mother or two, it was too much. I tried instant oats, but was always hungry an hour later. I love overnight oats because I can make them the night before and there are no pots to clean. Plus, there are so many variations, I never feel like I am eating the same thing and I can eat them cold or heat them up depending on my mood. 

Overnight Latte Protein Oats

I love lattes so these Latte Overnight Protein Oats caught my eye immediately. Great low-calorie breakfast to start the day.

Recipe Here From Dashing Dish

Ingredients / Calories

Ingredients make 2 servings

  • 3/4 cup Almond milk
  • 1/3 cup Coffee
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt [1]
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbs Sweetener of choice
  • 1 cup Old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup Protein powder [2]
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon [3]

241 Calories Per Serving

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

This Strawberry Cheese Cake Low-Calorie Overnight Oats Recipe sounds like dessert for breakfast. Plus, its under 300 calories.

Recipe Here From Fit Foodie Finds

Ingredients / Calories

  • Rolled Oats
  • Strawberries
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Honey
  • Vanilla
  • Graham Crackers

271 Calories Per Serving

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Pie Low-Calorie Overnight Oats are a perfect find as we approach the fall.

Recipe Here From Jessica In The Kitchen

Ingredients / Calories

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • 1 cup Silk Almond Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied pecans

101 Calories Per Serving

Almond Butter Overnight Oats With Honey and Banana

Recipe Here from Laura Fuentes

Ingredients / Calories

  • 2–4 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 bananas, divided

339 Calories per serving

Low-Calorie Overnight Oats
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Lemon Blueberry Overnight Quinoa

A fun change from our low-calorie overnight oat recipes.

Ingredients / Calories

Recipe Here From Simply Quinoa

  • 1/3 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 3/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup quinoa flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons lemon zest depending on taste

356 Calories

Apple Cinnamon Low-Calorie Overnight Oats

It was challenging to find a low-calorie overnight-oats recipe. This Apple Cinnamon recipe was the first I found.

Recipe Here From Well Plated By Erin

Ingredients / Calories

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats gluten free if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Tiny pinch ground ginger
  • Tiny pinch ground cloves
  • Tiny pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium apple cored and diced (peeling optional), any kind you enjoy eating (I used honeycrisp)
  • 1/2 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal  or substitute chia seeds
  • Optional toppings: Toasted almonds or walnuts; dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, or apricots, additional maple syrup

299 Calories Per Jar Without The Optional Toppings.

Low-Calorie Smoothies

I make smoothies to get more vegetables in my diet. I tend to resort to spinach for my smoothies. Spinach has always been my green vegetable of choice in all eating ventures especially in my smoothies, however, I can really use any type of leafy green in my smoothie, such as kale, roamine lettuce, chard, arugula, avocado, celery, cucumber and more.

Smoothies can also be an excellent source of protein. There are many ways to work protein into a smoothie such as protein powder, peanut butter (my favorite), almond butter, chia seeds, milk and more.

Pineapple Pina Colada Smoothie

I pretty much wanted to try all the low-calorie smoothies on CookingLight, but I kept it to two for now. I was super excited to find this recipe because I love Pina Coladas and thought this recipe sounded amazing.

Recipe to the Pineapple Pina Colada Smoothie from CookingLight.

Ingredients / Calories

• 1/2 medium banana
• 1/4 cup light coconut milk
• 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
• 1/4 cup chilled pineapple juice
• 1/2 cup crushed ice

203 calories according to CookingLight.

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Fruit And Yogurt Smoothie

A quick and easy low-calorie smoothie recipe you can make with whatever fruit you are in the mood for or whatever is in your freezer.

Recipe to the Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie from EatingWell.

Ingredients / Calories

  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup 100% pure fruit juice
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 1/2 ounces) frozen fruit, such as blueberries, raspberries, pineapple or peaches

279 calories according to EatingWell.

Blueberry Smoothie

I love blueberry smoothies. Here are directions to this low-calorie smoothie recipe from The Spruce Eats! Enjoy.

Ingredients / Calories

  • 6 ounces low-fat blueberry yogurt (2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Handful of blueberries, for garnish

Cranberry-Ginger Smoothie

Delicious low-calorie smoothie intended to hydrate and start my day with a boost.

Recipe to Cranberry-Ginger Smoothie from Best Health Magazine.

Ingredients (serves 2) / Calories

  • 1 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups coconut water
  •  handful ice

102 Calories per serving

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Ginger Berries and Oats

I wanted to include a couple of low-calorie smoothie recipes with ginger because I have been reading and ginger has so many health benefits. Benefits, according to Web MD, including lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, relieving indigestion and keeping your mouth healthy. Ginger Benefits described here.

Recipe Here To Ginger, Berries and Oats From Cooking Light.

Ingredients / Calories

  • 1/4 cup prepared oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup ice

179 Calories according to the author.

Blackberry Cream Smoothie

A creative low sugar smoothie from Downshiftology .. an awesome blog! The link below also includes other amazing smoothies to try.

Recipe to the Blackberry Cream Smoothie From Downshiftology

Ingredients / Calories

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup blanched then frozen cauliflower , optional

275 calories according to the author.

Green Matcha Tea Smothie

I love tea and this unique smoothie sounds amazing and delicious. I also learned that there are also many health benefits to drinking tea. Learn more from “What Happens To Your Body If you Drink Tea Every Day.”

The blog Eat This, Not That has several creative smoothies that sound fantastic. Check them out in the recipe link below. Recipe names include Peanut Butter Sandwich, The Peanut Butter Cup, Pina Colada, Vanilla Chai and Dark Chocolate Banana Nut.

Recipe To The Green Matcha Tea Smoothie From Eat This, Not That.

Ingredients / Calories

  • ½ cup baby spinach, loosely packed
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • Water to blend (optional)

226 Calories according to the author on Eat This, Not That

Low-Calorie Smoothies

Cherrylicious Smoothie

I was interested in trying a Cherry Smoothie so I found this low-calorie smoothie recipe on Scattered Thoughts Of A Crafty Mom along with several other creative recipes. I used apple juice instead of orange. Apple juice is my favorite.

Recipe From Scattered Thoughts Of A Crafty Mom.

Ingredients / Calories

  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup low sugar orange juice or apple juice
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Coconut Blend
  • 1/4 cup ice if needed

138 Calories according to the author.

Kale and Berry Smoothie

I tried this Kale and Berry Smooth as a low-calorie breakfast option twice. Once with the peanut butter and once without. The latter simply because I forgot, but definitely preferred it to the one with peanut butter. My husband did not notice the difference. Enjoy!

Recipe Here from Shape.Com

Ingredients / Calories

  • Vanilla Greek yogurt – 70ish calories
  • Almond Butter – 100ish calories
  • Frozen Blueberries – 50ish Calories
  • Frozen Pineapple – 70ish Calories
  • Kale – 20ish calories
  • Water

Total Calories: 310ish

Kale, Apple and Banana Smoothie

I tend to resort to spinach for my smoothies. Spinach has always been my green leaf of choice in all eating ventures especially in my smoothies, however, I have been branching out and trying different variations such as kale and I love it.

Recipe Here From Belle of The Kitchen.

Ingredients / Calories

  • 1/2 large apple,, chopped
  • 1/2 banana, chopped and frozen
  • A few large leaves of kale, ribs and stems removed
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Handful of ice, if desired

188 calories according to the author.

Healthy Easy Overnight Oats Recipe

I love Over Night Oats. They are quick and easy to make and they make me feel healthy! Like I am doing something spectacular for my body while staying full and happy all morning long. In the recipe link below find more fantastic recipes and topping options for delicious and easy low-calorie overnight oats.

Recipe From Diethood

Ingredients Serves 2 / Calories

  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats, you can also use gluten free oats
  • ½ cup milk, any milk, including skim, soy, almond, etc.
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or to taste (you can also use maple syrup, or any other sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Diced or sliced fresh Fruit, for garnish, optional
  • Chopped nuts, for garnish, optional
  • Coconut shavings, for garnish, optional

Calories 194 per serving according to the author.

Low-Calorie Recipes For You And Your Family!

Counting calories is the worst! However, it is the only way I have ever been able to lose weight. And, what makes it harder is finding meals I can also get my family to eat. So, I started to put together a list of all the low-calorie recipes I love and that I can make for my family, and here we are! Hope you enjoy them.

What are the best low calorie meals?

It all depends on what you like! Read below to learn more about the low-calorie meals I love.

Low-Calorie Smoothies
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Low-Calorie Smoothies

Low-Calorie Pancakes
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Low-Calorie Pancakes

I started this blog as a way to find, store and share low-calorie recipes. The only way I have ever been able to loose weight is with the 1200 calorie diet and, after two kids, it was time to loose a couple pounds. However, it is hard to sustain while maintaining a laid back, fun lifestyle.

To keep the diet sustainable and to keep my husband and I from worrying about shopping for and making two separate meals and then figure out what to feed our kids, I began researching low-calorie meals our whole family could enjoy.