With temperatures finally rising above freezing and swimsuit months sort of on the way, it’s time to pay attention to that hot bod of yours. Sad as it may be, it’s time to swap out the grilled cheese and pizza diet we’ve been on for the past four months for some lighter options. No worries, here are some painless and easy ways to make the switch that don’t involve all kale all of the time.
1. Rosemary Balsamic Chicken
It doesn’t take a master chef to make this beautiful piece of poultry.
2. Thai Green Curry with Chicken
Comfort food can be healthy food. For real. Coconut milk makes this curry a delicious and creamy option if the cold is still getting to you.
3. Spinach, Feta and Almond Orzo
Orzo is a wonderful and healthy alternative to rice. Try it out in this grain salad that adds almonds and cheese for a wholesome and filling meal.
4. Miso Soup
5. Zucchini Nachos
Don’t fear the zucchini. This slimmed-down version of nachos still hits the craving with familiar flavors like cilantro and black beans.
6. Mixed Vegetable Tofu Stir-Fry
It’s a one-pot meal full of fresh and healthy ingredients that comes together in 15 minutes. This veggie stir-fry is basically begging to be your Easy Mac replacement.
It’s the Frankenfood of the century and it’s actually good for you. The sushi-rrito is aliiiiiiive.
Good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, shakshouka is the Middle Eastern meal you won’t be able to stop eating and it’s totally okay.
9. 25-Calorie Cauliflower Tortillas
10. Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango Salsa
Salmon is one of the healthiest foods out there, with a high omega-3 (good fat) concentration and plenty of protein to keep you full. This honey mustard salmon takes a trip to the tropics with a tangy glaze and easy pre-made mango salsa.
11. Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup
There’s no need to actually make the trip to Panera anymore (and succumb to a cinnamon-sugar bagel temptation) now that the secret to its autumn squash soup has been revealed.
12. Balsamic Farro Salad
Discover the magic of farro, another wonder-grain worth getting to know. In this easy salad, it’s paired with refreshing ingredients like cucumber and tomato that are a reminder of the warmer months ahead.
13. Cheesy Broccoli Spaghetti Squash Boats
This spaghetti squash recipe keeps the cheese and gets rid of the carbs, making it a real win-win situation.
14. Jamaican Chicken Curry
This exotic and spicy chicken curry cuts the fat but keeps the flavor with delicious spices that’ll send you right to a Caribbean island even if you’re still stuck at school.
15. Chipotle Copycat Guacamole
The best news ever: avocados are Spring Break Diet approved. Their health benefits make them nutritional all-stars and dishes like this Chipotle-inspired guacamole prove just how delicious they can be.
16. Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
A loaded sweet potato turns a bland snack into a wholesome meal. This veggie-filled version is one way to go about it, but the possibilities are truly endless.
17. Thai Vegetable Curry
Stick every vegetable you can think of into a pot, add some liquid and spices and you’ve basically got this Thai-style soup. Coconut milk brings a comforting, slightly sweet flavor to this veg-filled concoction that’ll have you back in that bikini in no time.
18. Zucchini Linguini
The zoodle (zucchini noodle) is alive and well and here for your carb-substitution pleasure. This zucchini linguini has a simple garlic and olive oil sauce and can be whipped up in under 30 minutes.
19. Clean-Eating Mac & Cheese
It is true: there is a way to still have a mac & cheese diet even when getting ready for Spring Break. This lightened-up mac n’ cheese brings in non-dairy ingredients to reduce fat but keeps the creaminess and comfort we all love.