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12 High-Protein Meals Under 400 Calories For Veggies

12 High-Protein Meals Under 400 Calories For Veggies

Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or simply someone who’s trying to eat more healthy foods, it can be challenging to get enough protein when you’re cutting calories. Thankfully, it’s not completely impossible. By doing some careful research and discovering new recipes, you can begin to incorporate protein-packed meals into your diet without going over your calorie limit.

The key for finding high-protein foods that are still healthy is to be mindful of what you’re eating, the ingredients you’re using, and when you’re eating. If you can do each of these things, you’ll be successful.

Without further ado, here are 12 recipes that are worth trying.

1. Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Omelet Sandwich

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    Talk about yummy! This breakfast sandwich has only 149 calories and comes with 22.8 grams of protein. It’s both nutritious and delicious.

    2. Kale, Chickpea, and Fennel Salad

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      Okay, so a kale, chickpea, and fennel salad may not sound super tasty, but you can’t forget the dressing. When you include the orange vinaigrette, you get a delicious lunch that has 398 calories and 22.1 grams of protein.

      3. Vegetable and Egg Muffins

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        Checking in at roughly 90 calories per serving, these vegetable and egg muffins are perfect for a Sunday brunch. They look great and taste even better!

        4. Huevos Rancheros

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          Who says you need meat to enjoy huevos rancheros? This healthy version uses a combination of fresh and healthy ingredients. It has only 194.3 calories per serving. Each serving also includes 12.1 grams of protein.

          5. Hummus and Pita

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            Looking to indulge in some hummus, but can’t afford to exceed your calorie limit? Between this chickpea hummus and whole-wheat pita bread, you have the perfect 310 calorie meal.

            6. Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

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              Each bowl of this delicious mushroom and wild rice soup is only 180 calories, which means you can sneak in seconds. Despite the low caloric count, it comes with 16.6 grams of protein per serving.

              7. Cauliflower Steaks with Lentils

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                Regardless of whether or not you’ve enjoyed the cauliflower dishes you’ve had in the past, you’re going to absolutely love this one. It has 350 calories and 22 grams of protein. Not bad!

                8. Sweet Potato and Lentil Cakes

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                  What’s better than sweet potato and lentil cakes? Try sweet potato and lentil cakes with lemony avocado sauce. Each serving contains 329 calories and 16 grams of protein.

                  9. Thai Salad and Cauliflower Rice Wrap

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                    These wraps are deceptively good! The incredible thing is that they contain only 330 calories per serving, while somehow packing 22 grams of protein. These are great for an on-the-go lunch or quick dinner.

                    10. Raw Taco Gorilla Wraps

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                      Don’t let the name fool you, these wraps are healthy. However, you still get the taste of traditional tacos. The recipe creator says even meat-lovers enjoy them. They’re packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and iron. Give them a try!

                      11. Kale Goat Cheese Pizza

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                        While everyone else is throwing back greasy pepperoni pizza that leaves them feeling gross and bloated, you can enjoy this wonderful kale goat cheese pizza that has a whopping 27.1 grams of protein per serving (314 calories).

                        12. Cauliflower Pizza with Greek Yogurt Pesto and Grilled Veggies

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                          If you still want pizza, but goat cheese isn’t your thing, try this mouth-watering cauliflower pizza with Greek yogurt pesto and grilled veggies.

                          Eat Healthy, Be Happy

                          While it certainly requires a level of discipline and restraint, healthy eating comes with a long list of benefits. Aside from the obvious benefit of being healthier, you’ll also notice that you feel better and look better too. Ultimately, this means you’ll be able to enjoy a happier lifestyle. Thanks to a number of healthy recipes under 400 calories, it’s now easier than ever to eat well and also be happy and satisfied. Enjoy!

                          Featured photo credit: Yael Malka via buzzfeed.com

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                          Last Updated on October 15, 2018

                          Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                          Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                          “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

                          While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

                          1. Dehydration

                          If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

                          If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

                          You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

                          2. Lack Of Exercise

                          A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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                          Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

                          3. A Poor Diet

                          The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

                          An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

                          Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

                          4. Skipping Breakfast

                          Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

                          Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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                          Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

                          Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                          5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

                          We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

                          TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

                          Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

                          Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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                          6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

                          Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

                          Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

                          If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

                          7. Depression

                          Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

                          Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

                          Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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                          8. Hypothyroidism

                          If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

                          Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

                          9. Anemia

                          People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

                          However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

                          While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

                          10. Cancer

                          While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

                          Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

                          Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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