low-calorie snacks

Most of the time, I prefer snacks that are high in fat, protein and have at least 150-200 calories or I find myself snacking again 5 minutes later. Current favorites: apple + almond butter or cheese + crackers. (Ok, cheese + crackers isn’t current, it’s constant).

But there are times, *cough* at night *cough* when I’m not really hungry, I just want something.

Here are the “snacks” that aren’t really snacks  – for those times when I want something but don’t need it.


Low Calorie Snacks: 

  • miso soup (you can use instant or make your own with miso + wakame)
  • tea
  • a few olives
  • raw veggies like celery, cucumber
  • high-water fruit like watermelon, grapes, melon, etc.
  • frozen fruit bars
  • frozen vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans
  • seaweed snacks
  • roasted asparagus
  • brothy soups
  • leafy salads with a splash of olive oil and vinegar
  • dill pickle or sauerkraut
  • sliced tomato with drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper
  • tomato juice
  • air-popped popcorn
  • grilled scallions (we had these all the time in Mexico growing up)!

Any favorites to add to the list? 

breakfast cobb salad

A few weekends ago, we visited Short Order for some burgers.  Short Order is Nancy Silverton’s newish LA restaurant focusing on a local, organic and artisan burgers.  We had some delicious cocktails but unfortunately the burgers were pretty disappointing.

All was not lost however as we spotted a Breakfast Cobb Salad on the brunch menu and I knew instantly that it would be on our plate some weekend morning very soon.

It isn’t out of the norm for us to have side salads with breakfast, but I’ve never thought of making it the main event.

I have no idea why…

It was delicious. Satisfying, yet light and felt like the perfect combination between breakfast and lunch. I have a feeling it will become a regular weekend breakfast for us.

Full of greens, healthy fats and tons of flavor.

Why not?


Breakfast Cobb Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min


Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 6-8 cups greens of choice
  • 2 Tbsp vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 small avocado
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 2 eggs


Cook bacon until crisp and crumble.

Toss greens and dressing together.

Divide on plates and top with sliced avocado and goat cheese crumbles.

Prepare eggs as desired (over easy, sunny side up) and top salad with egg.

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healthy breakfast ideas

Last week, when I shared my favorite 1-minute snack ideas with you all, I got a request for breakfast ideas.

I used to be the person who could eat toast and peanut butter or oatmeal and peanut butter for days on end, but now I’ve noticed that I need a little more variety in the morning.


(source) FYI: this is NOT what breakfasts look like in our home. :)

Here are my favorite healthy breakfast ideas to give you some inspiration for your morning meal – please add yours to the list!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: 

  • breakfast quesadilla or burrito: tortilla + eggs + veggies + cheese + salsa
  • protein pancakes (recipe from meals & moves)
  • breakfast sandwich: egg + english muffin + cheese
  • smoothie: frozen fruits + leafy greens + milk + protein blended together until smooth
  • (fun!) oatmeal (tips on oatmeal and recipe ideas)
  • protein plate: hard boiled egg + banana + peanut butter
  • rush breakfast: protein/granola bar + apple
  • paleo inspired cereal: fresh berries + chopped nuts + milk
  • eggs: 1-2 eggs + toast
  • greek yogurt parfait: 1 serving greek yogurt + fresh fruit + 1 serving cereal or granola
  • amped up cereal: high fiber cereal + fresh fruit + 1 Tbsp nuts  or nut butter + milk
  • macrobiotic breakfast: brown rice + miso soup

simple & healthy: fajitas

Chicken Fajitas were a staple in my house growing up, my brother and I loved them.

My Mom served up grilled chicken, sauteed peppers and onions along with salsa and sour cream (and maybe some guacamole) with this delicious carrot and rice dish on the side.

It’s no wonder we loved them, they are flavorful, easy to throw together and who doesn’t love a Mexican meal mid-week?

Fajitas are great because not only are they a healthy meal, but they come together really quickly and a lot of the components can be prepped or done ahead of time. The leftovers make great lunches or quesadillas as well.

Here’s how it goes down.

Simple & Healthy Fajitas: 

  • Grill, broil or saute your protein – chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu. (This can be done a day or two in advance).
  • Prepare the peppers and onions: In a medium saute pan, heat 1 Tbsp of oil. Add 1 onion, sliced and 2 bell peppers, sliced. Saute until soft. (This can also be done a day or two in advance).
  • Prepare the toppings: guacamole (if you are making it, you can also just top with chunks of avocado), diced tomato, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa.
  • Heat up tortillas and spread everything out on the table!
  • Let everyone build their own fajitas according to taste – but always including a few vegetables! ;)
  • You could also serve as a burrito bowl, with brown rice or a salad, over lettuce.
  • Side dish: black or refried beans, tortilla chips, or more veggies.

Fajitas – simple, healthy and delicious!