The Perfect Meal to Eat After a Sweaty Gym Session

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

I love adding spice to meals, and nothing is quite as warming as a little curry. This Indian-spiced chard makes a great main dish, or choose to leave out the tofu and enjoy it as a side. For a satisfying (and fiber-rich) meal, serve alongside toasted whole wheat pita ¡ª an easy replacement for naan ¡ª or whip up a batch of brown rice and roasted cauliflower. It’s a tasty, vitamin-packed meal and even better as leftovers.

Related: 200+ Healthy Recipes For Every Meal of the Day

From The Food We Eat

Indian-Spiced Chard With Tofu

Ingredients

1 large bunch of red Swiss chard or rainbow chard (around 16 to 18 leaves)3 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, chopped1 tablespoon ginger, minced3 cloves garlic, minced1 teaspoon turmeric1 teaspoon garam masala1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes1 teaspoon cumin powder1 teaspoon kosher salt1 tomato, chopped1 block extrafirm tofu, cubed1 cup water1/4 cup roasted cashews, for garnish1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish

The Perfect Meal to Eat After a Sweaty Gym Session

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

I love adding spice to meals| and nothing is quite as warming as a little curry. This Indian-spiced chard makes a great main dish| or choose to leave out the tofu and enjoy it as a side. For a satisfying (and fiber-rich) meal| serve alongside toasted whole wheat pita ¡ª an easy replacement for naan ¡ª or whip up a batch of brown rice and roasted cauliflower. It’s a tasty| vitamin-packed meal and even better as leftovers.

Related: 200+ Healthy Recipes For Every Meal of the Day

From The Food We Eat

Indian-Spiced Chard With Tofu

Ingredients

1 large bunch of red Swiss chard or rainbow chard (around 16 to 18 leaves)3 tablespoons olive oil1 onion| chopped1 tablespoon ginger| minced3 cloves garlic| minced1 teaspoon turmeric1 teaspoon garam masala1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes1 teaspoon cumin powder1 teaspoon kosher salt1 tomato| chopped1 block extrafirm tofu| cubed1 cup water1/4 cup roasted cashews| for garnish1/4 cup chopped cilantro| for garnish

6-Ingredient Marshmallow-Free Rice Krispies Treats

Chewy, crispy, sweet, and buttery ¡ª what’s not to love abut Rice Krispies treats? Uhhh, the calories, the fat, and the sugar! OK so they’re not the healthiest. But these bars? Wow. These satisfy your crispy cravings perfectly while also offering a boost of energy-sustaining, hunger-satiating protein. And the icing on the cake? They’re peanut-butter-flavored!

At 153 calories per delicious square, they’re just as addictive as the original recipe, but with 4.6 grams of protein, you won’t feel guilty inhaling half the pan more than one. With only six ingredients, they’re a cinch to whip up and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats

Vegan Rice Krispies Treats

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice syrup2/3 cup creamy peanut butter1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 serving (2 scoops) vanilla protein powder (I used pea protein)8 cups brown rice crisp cereal (I used Erewhon)

6-Ingredient Marshmallow-Free Rice Krispies Treats

Chewy| crispy| sweet| and buttery ¡ª what’s not to love abut Rice Krispies treats? Uhhh| the calories| the fat| and the sugar! OK so they’re not the healthiest. But these bars? Wow. These satisfy your crispy cravings perfectly while also offering a boost of energy-sustaining| hunger-satiating protein. And the icing on the cake? They’re peanut-butter-flavored!

At 153 calories per delicious square| they’re just as addictive as the original recipe| but with 4.6 grams of protein| you won’t feel guilty inhaling half the pan more than one. With only six ingredients| they’re a cinch to whip up and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats

Vegan Rice Krispies Treats

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice syrup2/3 cup creamy peanut butter1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 serving (2 scoops) vanilla protein powder (I used pea protein)8 cups brown rice crisp cereal (I used Erewhon)

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Loading up on a hefty dose of the white stuff isn’t exactly the best way to start your morning. Baked goods like scones and quick breads tend to be high in sugar and fat| so if you’re craving a homemade treat from the oven| bake up a batch of these oatmeal breakfast bites ¡ª they taste like cookies! They’re sweetened with banana and a touch of maple syrup| but each chewy bite has only 2.6 grams of sugar and 0.3 grams of saturated fat.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas1/3 cup almond butter (I used crunchy)1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce2 tablespoons unsweetened soy milk2 tablespoons maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla1/4 cup whole wheat flour1 1/2 cups rolled oats1 cup quick oats1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Loading up on a hefty dose of the white stuff isn’t exactly the best way to start your morning. Baked goods like scones and quick breads tend to be high in sugar and fat, so if you’re craving a homemade treat from the oven, bake up a batch of these oatmeal breakfast bites ¡ª they taste like cookies! They’re sweetened with banana and a touch of maple syrup, but each chewy bite has only 2.6 grams of sugar and 0.3 grams of saturated fat.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas1/3 cup almond butter (I used crunchy)1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce2 tablespoons unsweetened soy milk2 tablespoons maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla1/4 cup whole wheat flour1 1/2 cups rolled oats1 cup quick oats1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

All You Need Is 4 Ingredients to Make This Healthy Snack

Banana with peanut butter is always a delicious snack| and while we’d never want to mess with this perfect combination| it’s fun to mix it up a little. And this salty-sweet treat is only 114 calories.

Swapping out the PB for almond butter makes this slightly higher in fiber and calcium but lower in carbs. And the pistachios add a yummy crunchy that’s so satisfying| you’ll never eat plain peanut butter and banana again.

Banana Sushi

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR

Banana Sushi

Notes

Note that this recipe makes two servings.

All You Need Is 4 Ingredients to Make This Healthy Snack

Banana with peanut butter is always a delicious snack, and while we’d never want to mess with this perfect combination, it’s fun to mix it up a little. And this salty-sweet treat is only 114 calories.

Swapping out the PB for almond butter makes this slightly higher in fiber and calcium but lower in carbs. And the pistachios add a yummy crunchy that’s so satisfying, you’ll never eat plain peanut butter and banana again.

Banana Sushi

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR

Banana Sushi

Notes

Note that this recipe makes two servings.

Luscious. Vegan. Desserts. And All Under 150 Calories

Luscious. Vegan. Desserts. And All Under 150 Calories

While you can easily buy a pint of vegan ice cream or a cookie at the health food store| there’s something about whipping a sweet treat up in your own kitchen that makes it taste even better. Here are some homemade desserts made without any dairy or eggs| and what’s even better is they’re all under 150 calories.

| Chocolate Mousse Cups

Just 100 calories per decadent creamy| edible chocolate cup!

| Vegan Almond Joy

At just 86 calories per Almond Joy| all you need are five common ingredients and a food processor and boom u2014 you’re instantly a (healthy) candy-making genius.

| Sugar Cookies

The best vegan desserts are the ones no one would even guess are made without dairy and eggs| and these sugar cookies fit the bill u2014 just 68 calories!

| Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Slash ice cream cravings with your food processor and this 126-calorie dairy-free cherry chocolate chip ice cream recipe.

| Dark Chocolate Salted Caramels

These 60-calorie delicious chocolate morsels are made with sunflower seeds| dates| dairy-free chocolate| and sea salt. Yum!

| Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Freezer Fudge

If you grew up scooping out spoonfuls of raw cookie dough while baking chocolate chip cookies with Grandma| you’re going to fall hard for this cookie dough freezer fudge u2014 shhh| it’s made with lentils!

| Mini Caramel Apples

You only need four ingredients: dates| soy milk| apples| and the topping of your choice. These treats on a stick are actually healthy enough to have for a snack. And at 51 calories a piece| go ahead and have a few.

| Mint Chip Truffles

Peppermint Pattie- and Junior Mints-lovers will flip for these tasty mint chip truffles. Sweet and refreshing like the classic you’re craving| this Paleo-friendly treat clocks in at less than 70 calories per serving.

| Chocolate-Mousse-Filled Strawberries

How do you make juicy| sweet strawberries even better? Pair them with chocolate| of course. The filling in these sweet morsels is made with tofu and dates!

| Homemade Dole Whip

For just over 100 calories| this three-ingredient dessert can be served in a small bowl| the bottom of a pineapple (so Martha Stewart of you!)| or in a cup of pineapple juice.

| Chocolate Sunbutter Cups

These 52-calorie chocolate cups are filled with a sunflower seed and date mixture that u2014 let me tell you u2014 tastes even more decadent than Reese’s.

| Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Made with high-fiber avocados and high-protein silken tofu| this spoonable treat will satiate hunger| so you can enjoy a 156-calorie bowl and feel completely satisfied for hours.

| No-Bake Vegan Brownies

Craving a chewy| chocolatey brownie| are you? These no-bake treats not only spare you having to turn on the oven during a hot and humid day| but this sugar-| gluten-| and dairy-free recipe is also just 59 calories per fudgey bite.

| Paleo Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

In the mood for a dessert-like snack? These dark chocolate nut clusters are made with less than five ingredients.

| Chocolate Raspberry Protein Balls

Disguised as chocolate raspberry truffles| these are actually protein balls perfect for after a workout.

| Vegan Caramel

Made with just dates| soy milk| and vanilla| this creamy caramel is healthy enough that you don’t even have to save it for dessert. Serve it up with fruit slices| smear it on crackers for a salty-sweet snack| swirl it into your hot oatmeal or your bowl of yogurt| or add it as a topping on ice cream.

| Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

At 153 calories per delicious square| they’re just as addictive as the original recipe| but with 4.6 grams of protein| you won’t feel guilty inhaling more than one.

| Zucchini Double Fudge Brownies

These melt-in-your-mouth moist| rich| and fudgey brownies taste so sinful| you’ll be amazed that they’re vegan and just over 150 calories.

| Vegan| Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft| chewy| and only 86 calories per serving| these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are vegan and grain-free. Bonus: since they contain no eggs| you can lick the bowl clean!

| Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes

These frozen yogurt cupcakes are made with Greek yogurt| fresh strawberries| and bananas; and while low in calories| fat| and cholesterol| they’re still lusciously sweet and smooth.

| Smudgies

Made with just three ingredients| this 92-calorie frozen dessert will beat ice cream sandwich cravings instantly.

| Chocolate Hummus

While slices of crunchy apple and fresh strawberries are sweet enough on their own| isn’t everything better with chocolate? Spruce up your basic snack by pairing it with this smooth and mousse-like protein-packed chocolate dip.

| Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

You get three amazing layers u2014 chocolate kripsies on the bottom| sweet and salty peanut butter in the middle| and chocolate chocolate chip on the top. At just over 100 calories| each bite offers 3.2 grams of protein.

| Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Who says you have to live without ice cream? This dessert is made with only two ingredients u2014 frozen bananas and peanut butter u2014 and is only 152 calories per serving. All you need is a blender.

| Vegan Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Brownies| anyone? These are vegan| filled with sweet and creamy peanut butter| and (as an added bonus) offer a protein punch. They’re just 124 calories apiece.

| Vegan Snickers

If Snickers are your faves but you could do without the hydrogenated oils and refined sugar| whip up this 129-calorie version that’s made with a handful of ingredients and is vegan| too.

| Vegan Mango Ice Cream

Fruity like a sorbet but creamy like an ice cream without a drop of dairy| this 150-calorie mango ice cream requires no ice cream maker.

| Vegan Chocolate-Covered Banana Almond Butter Bites

Treat yourself to almond butter surrounded by slices of banana and covered in dark chocolate| and enjoy three of these crave-worthy frozen bites for 147 calories.

| Vegan Almond Butter Cups

Made with almond butter and maple syrup| these vegan almond butter cups are lower in calories| fat| cholesterol| and sugar| and they taste more rich and decadent than the original.

| Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Made with homemade dairy-free chocolate kisses for an extraspecial flair| these vegan favorites will not disappoint. One cookie is 126 calories.

| Vegan Samoas

If you grew up loving this chewy Girl Scout favorite| you can whip up your own vegan version that’s just 114 calories per delectable cookie.

| Vegan Strawberry Fudgsicles

For an added sweet bonus| these homemade fudgsicles are filled with fresh strawberries u2014 the perfect complement to the chocolaty goodness. And even better news? Each one is under 80 calories.

| Vegan Almond Butter Apricot Bites

If you’re craving a sweet| cookie-like snack that’s high in protein and flavor| then whip up these quick and easy almond butter apricot 59-calorie bites.

| Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

These cute pecan-filled thumbprint cookies are a far healthier alternative to sugar- and fat-laden pecan pie u2014 and they’re just 122 calories per cookie.

| Vegan Thin Mints

Another Girl Scout fave| wow yourself and your friends with how authentic this homemade and vegan version tastes| just 136 calories per delicious cookie.

| Three-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Pie

The sweetest part about this smooth and creamy chocolate pie is that it’s less than 150 calories per serving!

This Sweet Potato Salad = The Perfect Weight-Loss Lunch

When heading to a dinner party| I always opt to bring a healthy| hearty dish| something that will change everyone’s perspective on what “health” food actually tastes like. I recently was cooking for a table of guests with dietary restrictions ranging from Paleo to gluten-free and all the way to vegan. It seemed like a recipe for disaster| but instead| my cookbook research brought me to the perfect salad to please everyone’s (picky) palates: food journalist Mark Bittman’s spicy sweet potato salad.

High-fiber sweet potatoes can regulate blood sugar and help you lose weight| while a spicy antioxidant-rich red pepper and jalape?o dressing ties everything together. Be prepared: everyone will be asking you for this recipe| so leave a lunch-sized portion at home. This easily portable salad is even more delicious the next day.

Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

From How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

Healthy Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

Ingredients

4 large sweet potatoes1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil| dividedSalt and freshly ground black pepper1/4 cup red-wine vinegar1 medium red bell pepper| cored| seeded| and quartered2 teaspoons ground cumin1 tablespoon grated orange zest1/2 cup sliced scallion1/2 cup minced fresh mint leaves1 or 2 fresh minced chiles (jalape?o| Thai| serrano| or habanero)| or to taste1/4 cup raisins (optional)