Hooked on chocolate?
Trying to wean yourself off sweets?
Drinking a warm, low calorie, hot chocolate drink satifies those cravings! Hot chocolate is nutritious and contains less calories than most sweet treats! Sipping a warm cup of cocoa is very soothing.
Plain Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate Mix has just 90 calories when prepared with boiling water. Adding just one teaspoon of chocolate chips adds 27 more calories and makes a creamier, more chocolatey, and satisfying drink. Adding a tablespoon of mini marshmallows adds 20 calories. Two tablespoons of cool whip is only 25 calories.
Sipping a cozy cup of Swiss Miss Cocoa with one teaspoon of chocolate chips is only 117 calories. Hot Chocolate contains calcium, protein, iron, and antioxidants and is a very healthy snack. Hot Chocolate is a better choice than a brownie, candy bar, cupcake, or a cookie. It is nearly impossible to eat just one sweet treat. One or two cups of cocoa will do the trick every time.
One cup of Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate with 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon mini marshmallows, and 2 tablespoons Cool Whip has 162 calories and very little fat. Choose only one addition to keep the calories down to approximately 125. Chocolate chips are a available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chcolate, white chocolate, and the seasonal flavors of pumpkin spice and mint.
Choose to eat healthier. Add more fruits and vegetables, low-fat milk products, and low-fat protein choices like chicken and fish to improve your health, weight, and energy. Drink plenty of water and limit caffeinated drinks.
I am not a dietician or medical professional but I have constructed a healthy low calorie meal plan which meshes perfectly with the Hot Cocoa Diet Plan. The Hot Cocoa Diet Plan allows for three 300 calories meals a day plus three cups of 120 calories hot chocolate drinks.
300 Calorie Breakfasts
1. Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal
1/2 large ripe banana
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1. Cut banana into chunks and put into a small blender jar with milk; blend until smooth.
2. Put the dry oatmeal in a microwave safe bowl.
3. Pour the banana mixture on top of oatmeal & stir to incorporate.
4. Microwave (uncovered) on high setting for 30 seconds.
5. Stir & microwave another 30 seconds.
6. Stir in peanut butter.
(There are 203 calories in this oatmeal,and it is delicious. Add a mandarin orange (43 calories) and coffee with sweetner with a slash of skin milk.
2. McDonalds Egg McMuffin
The ham, egg, and cheese McMuffin has 300 calories. Pick it up on your way to work or make your own at home. Add a slice of tomato if you can.
3. French Toast with Apple Pie Filling
(Recipe makes two servings.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup skim milk
4 slices bread (70 calories or less)
Beat egg, vanilla, cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Stir in milk.
Dip bread in egg mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly.
Cook bread slices on lightly greased nonstick griddle or skillet on medium heat until browned on both sides.
Top two slices of French toast with 1/3 cup apple pie filling or 2 tablespoons Aunt Jemima Syrup.
Microwave for 15-20 seconds before serving to warm apple slices or syrup.
300 Calorie Lunches/Dinners – Fast Food
Eating healthy lunches and dinners can be quick and easy. Keep your it simple. Avoid high calorie bread, cheeses, and sauces.
Subway has several sandwiches and salads under 300 calories – 6 inch wholewheat, no cheese,and lots of veggies. Choose a low fat dressing like lite mayonnaise or honey mustard.
Use ⅓ Packet Lite Italian Dressing on this salad for a 237 calorie meal and you can have an apple for dessert – plus you get bacon!
This salad does contain a lot sodium. Arby’s has a few other low calories items such as the Junior Roast Beef Sandwich and the Ham and Swiss Cheese Sandwich.
One slice of a large Garden Fresh Pizza is only 280 calories.
McDonald’s hamburgers have 250 calories. Burger King’s hamburgers are about 230 calories. Add a side salad for 18 calories without the dressing.
300 Calorie Dinner Recipes:
1. Southern Fried Catfish
2 fresh catfish fillets
½ cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon paprika
Rinse catfish fillets.
Mix cornmeal and paprika on a large plate.
Dredge each fillet in cornmeal mixture and spray each side with cooking spray.
Place fillets in heated, lightly greased skillet and fry for 5 minutes on each side.
Fish will be done when it flakes easily.
(Spraying the fillets before cooking will create a crispier texture.)
Each fillet has about 150 calories after cooking. Add steamed vegetable and fruit for dessert.
2. Pineapple Chicken
1 pound chicken tenders
1 – 8 ounce can pineapple chunks in natural juice
Brown chicken in lightly greased skillet.
Season with lemon pepper.
Pour entire can of pineapple including the juice over chicken.
Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes adding a small amount water if necessary.
(Makes 4 servings at 105 calories per serving). Add a steamed vegetable and an apple for dessert.
Campbell’s has a variety of 70 calorie soups that can be eaten with a grilled cheese sandwich prepared with low fat cheese. I make my grilled cheese by toasting two slice of 70 calorie whole-wheat bread in the toaster. I place a slice of Sargent Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar cheese between the bread slices and microwave for 15 seconds. Soup and sandwiches make delicious and comforting meals.
Cooking Light.com has a variety of delicious dinner recipes for under 300 calories. I have not tried any of them yet but will be trying them out soon.