These 12 tasty meals satisfy every type of eater, from gourmet to gluten-free

Updated: February 25, 2014

With any weight-loss plan, no matter how brilliant, you face the danger of hitting the doldrums a few weeks in. That's why we're back with 12 more meal ideas to get you closer to feeling swimsuit-confident. The boredum-busting program, created by Jackie Newgent, R.D.N., author of 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes, offers palate-pleasing dishes that will help every type of eater-gourmet, gluten-free, vegetarian, and on-the-go-stay on track. Team the customized meals with Jillian Michaels' Summer SHAPE Up Workouts and nothing will stand between you and that teeny-weeny bikini.

Breakfast

Aim for 360 to 400 calories

GOURMET

Ricotta-Fig Bowl

2/3 cup part-skim ricotta topped with 2 sliced Black Mission figs, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 pinch fresh thyme, and sea salt to taste; 1 small slice fruit and nut sprouted bread.

{390 CALORIES}

GLUTEN-FREE

Morning Peach Melba

1 peach, halved and topped with a mixture of 8 ounces plain lowfat Greek yogurt, 1 1/2 teaspoons honey, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, then garnished with 2 tablespoons raspberry jam and 2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds.

{360 CALORIES}

VEGETARIAN

Breakfast Bruschetta[pictured]

1 slice toasted whole-grain sourdough bread spread with mixture of 1/2 mashed avocado, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/8 teaspoon sea salt and topped with 1 fried egg (or 1/4 cup scrambled silken tofu) and fresh rosemary and pepper to taste; 1 cup vegetable juice.

{360 CALORIES}

ON-THE-GO

Subway Black Forest Ham, Egg & Cheese Sandwich

on a 6-inch 9-grain wheat hoagie with cheddar cheese, green pepper, and tomato, without sauce.

(390 CALORIES)

Lunch

Aim for 420 to 450 calories

GOURMET

Latin Pork Sandwich [pictured]

1 medium (about 4 ounces) whole-wheat ciabatta roll (with the center scooped out) filled with 1 1/2 ounces thinly sliced roast pork tenderloin, 1 thin slice (about 1 ounce) Swiss cheese, 1/2 cup baby arugula, 2 kosher dill sandwich slices, and 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard; 15 plantain chips.

{420 CALORIES}

GLUTEN-FREE

Chicken & Pinto Burrito

1 10-inch gluten-free tortilla wrapped around a mixture of 1 1/2 ounces precooked chicken breast strips, 1 cup shredded romaine, 1/2 cup rinsed and drained canned pinto beans, 2 tablespoons guacamole, 2 tablespoons chopped Spanish onion, and hot sauce to taste.

{420 CALORIES}

VEGETARIAN

Garden Chef Salad

3 cups mesclun topped with 1.2 cup chopped tomatoes, 2 ounces cubed ready-to-eat baked hickory-smoked tofu, 1/4 cup diced red onion, 1/4 cup shredded carrot, 1/4 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese, 2 tablespoons black raisins, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar to taste.

{420 CALORIES}

ON-THE-GO

P.F. Chang's Buddha's Fast Steamed Lunch

with brown rice

{420 calories}

Dinner

Aim for 450 to 500 calories

GOURMET

BBQ Chicken

1 grilled chicken breast, skin brushed with 1 1/2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, over 3/4 cup steamed whole-wheat couscous and topped with fresh cilantro and lime zest to taste; 1 1/2 cups haricots verts sautéed in 1 teaspoon butter.

{450 calories}

GLUTEN-FREE

Spaghetti Caprese [pictured]

2 ounces gluten-free spaghetti tossed with 1 large diced heirloom tomato (seeds removed), 2 tablespoons sliced fresh basil, 1 minced clove garlic, 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and sprinkled with 1 ounce finely diced fresh mozzarella, then topped with a mixture of 1/2 cup rinsed and drained canned cannellini beans, 
1 1/2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar, and fresh parsley to taste.


{460 calories}

VEGETARIAN

Blue Cheese Veggie Burger

1 cooked veggie burger on 1 whole-grain bun with 2 teaspoons ketchup, 1 large slice red onion, 1 tablespoon crumbled Gorgonzola, and 1/2 cup baby arugula dressed with 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar; 1 ear grilled corn with a pinch fresh rosemary and sea salt to taste; 1 watermelon wedge.


{460 calories}

ON-THE-GO

1/2 California Pizza Kitchen Hawaiian Pizza

on honey-wheat with whole-grain crust.


{500 calories}

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July 5, 2018
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