The following recipes are perfect for when you want to have a tasty, yet nutritious and low calorie snack.
With 500 or fewer calories and less than 10 ingredients, these recipes are healthy and simple and are ideal for people who lead hectic, busy lives, but are trying hard to lose or maintain weight.
The following are some of the best 500 calorie snacks around.
Our Top 5 500 Calorie Snack Recipes
1. Bean and Egg Burrito
2 large eggs, scrambled
1 tablespoon salsa
1/4 cup rinsed canned black beans
1 12-inch large whole-wheat tortilla
Crack eggs open into a glass bowl and then whisk them until the whites and yolks are combined well.
Pour the eggs into a nonstick pan and then scramble them over medium heat on the stove top. Move around the eggs to cook them. While the eggs are slightly wet still, take them out and set them aside.
Thoroughly rinse the canned black beans to eliminate the excess sodium and then them aside.
Place the tortilla onto a flat dish. Then layer the beans, eggs, and salsa. Roll up the burrito and cut it in half. Serve right away.
2. Chicken Quesadilla
1 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla
1/4 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
1/2 medium tomato, chopped and seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped or shredded cooked chicken breast
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped onion
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Combine salt, cumin, lime juice, cilantro, onion, and tomato into a small bowl, set to the side.
Coat one side of the whole-wheat tortilla lightly with cooking spray. Place the sprayed side of the tortilla down, onto a baking sheet. Add cheese and chicken to the non-sprayed top of the tortilla and then fold it in half.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until it is golden brown. Slice into two wedges and serve with 1/2 cup of salsa.
3. Parmesan Spinach Scramble
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
3 cups baby spinach
1 teaspoon butter
Pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
Crack open the eggs into a bowl. Add salt and pepper and then whisk until it is well combined.
Use medium-low heat to heat up a medium-sized skillet. Add butter and melt it and then add spinach. Cover the skilled and then cook for about 2-3 minutes until the spinach is wilted.
Combine the spinach and whisked egg, and let the eggs cook. Occasionally stir until the eggs have set, for around 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan on top of the eggs and then serve.
Spread 1/2 tablespoon of pizza sauce over the top of the pita. Top with basil and then add cheese. Evenly arrange onion, peppers, and tomatoes on top.
Bake until vegetables are tender and cheese melts, for around 5 minutes. If desired, garnish with additional basil leaves.
5. Low-Carb BLT Wrap
1 large sliced and peeled hard-boiled egg
1 thinly sliced medium tomato
2 large leaves of Bibb lettuce
2 finely chopped large basil leaves
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
Zest and juice from 1/4 lemon
2 slices center-cut uncooked bacon
Pinch of ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
Cook bacon as desired. Set on paper towels in order to drain off the excess fat.
Grate a 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest into a bowl. Squeeze around 1/3 teaspoon lemon juice in a bowl. Stir in basil and mayonnaise.
Spread 1/4 tablespoon of the mayonnaise mix onto each leaf of lettuce. Top evenly with bacon, egg, and tomato. Wrap the leaves around the filling and sprinkle with pepper.
6. Mustard And Sweet Apple Chicken
6 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon honey
1/2 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar
1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
1/4 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
Pinch of black pepper
Pinch of salt
In a resealable plastic bag or large bowl, combine the parsley, honey, vinegar, applesauce, olive oil, and mustard. Add in the chicken breast and then let it marinate for 20 minutes at least, and if desired, up to overnight.
Take the chicken out of the marinade and throw out the marinade. Season with pepper and salt.
Grill the chicken until it is cooked all the way through or insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the breast and cook 4 to 6 minutes per side or until the thermometer registers 165 degrees F.
If you don’t own a grill, the chicken breasts can be baked in an oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees F. Bake the chicken until it is opaque and completely cooked through, for 30-40 minutes.
7. Fried Rice And Bacon
1 chopped strip of bacon
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 large beaten egg
1/4 tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 minced garlic clove
1 cup of frozen thawed mixed vegetables
Hot sauce (optional)
Cook the brown rice according to the instructions on the package. Set aside.
Over medium-high heat, heat up a nonstick, large skillet. Add in the chopped bacon and cook until crispy for around 5-7 minutes. Take the bacon out of the pan and then set aside.
Add ground ginger, garlic, and vegetables to the skilled and then stir-fry them in the bacon grease. Let the vegetables cook until tender for around 3-5 minutes. Then add the soy sauce and rice, and stir-fry for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
Push the rice out to the sides of the skillet to form a large well Then pour the eggs in the well and scrambled. After the scrambled eggs are completely cooked, turn up the heat to high and then stir-fry for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Fold the bacon bits in, and then add hot sauce to taste.
When it comes to losing weight, it can help to have a good list of meals and snacks, that you can make quickly, are filling, and won’t derail your diet plan.
Here, we’ve put together a good list of 500 calorie snacks that check all the boxes in terms of taste, calories, and being easy to make.
If you’re looking for a larger database of recipes that can help you lose weight, then you may want to check out a program like Mayo Clinic Diet (read about it here) to help get you pointed in the right direction.
Otherwise, this is s good place to start, and there are plenty of other resources available online as well, so be sure to hit up Google if you need more quick and easy meal and snack ideas.
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