The Look Good in Shorts Diet: Fill Up to Slim Down
Approximately 500 calories each
Salmon with pesto fettuccine and garlic spinach
Serve 3 1/2 ounces baked or broiled salmon on top of 1 cup whole-grain fettuccine tossed with 1 tablespoon prepared pesto. Serve with 2 cups baby spinach sauteed in 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 clove minced garlic.
White bean and basil pasta
Top 1 cup cooked whole-grain pasta with 1/2 cup marinara spaghetti sauce, 1/2 cup canned white beans, 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, and 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese.
Chicken and asparagus with loaded baked potato
Serve 4 ounces grilled chicken breast with 8 medium-size grilled asparagus spears and 1 medium baked potato topped with 2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives.
Saute 2 cups frozen broccoli, 3 tablespoons slivered almonds, 4 ounces cubed firm tofu, 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Serve with 1 cup cooked brown rice.
Grilled steak and arugula sandwich
Make sandwich with 1 small toasted whole-grain roll, 3 ounces grilled sirloin steak, 1 thin slice part-skim mozzarella cheese, 1 cup arugula, and 2 slices tomato. Serve with 1 cup low-sodium minestrone soup.
Fill each of 3 whole-corn tortillas with 4 grilled shrimp, 3/4 cup shredded carrots and napa cabbage, 3 tablespoons salsa, and 3 tablespoons chopped avocado.
Spinach with grilled chicken
Toss 4 cups of baby spinach with 1 cup strawberries, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons chopped pecans. Top with 6 ounces sliced grilled chicken breast.