How to Get more Bang for your (Calorie) Buck
The best way to feel like you’re eating a lot, while you’re actually consuming less calories, is to stock up on veggies! Vegetables are not only packed with vitamins which benefit your overall health, they can help you reach or maintain a healthy weight as well. You can consume a large amount of vegetables (more than in other food groups like grains, for example) while still reaching your daily calorie goals.
To give you some perspective, 2 cups of sautéed kale (a super-food veggie!) has only 36 calories, while 2 cups of cooked white rice has well over 400 calories!
To get even MORE bang for your buck, try sautéing shrimp, spinach, or Brussels sprouts with a low-calorie sauce instead of olive oil to add some flavor while reducing your caloric intake. My favorite is the Wegmans line of simmer sauces- they have only about 10 calories per serving and are packed with flavor.
The FDA agrees and recommends vegetables being the largest part of your meal- not only to maintain your weight but also ensure you are consuming a balanced diet. Try mirroring your plate with their image below and you will be well on your way to achieving your wellness goals!