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May 11, 2012 10:03 AM
I have been on 1200 calorie diet for about 3 months.. and i live alone.. i just dont know what to eat..
I have lost almost 30 lbs... just have a hard time figuring out what to fix for dinner is my hardest part.
any suggestions??
May 11, 2012 10:51 AM
I like to browse the recipes at EatingWell.com for inspiration. They also have 1200 calorie meal planners that you could browse for ideas:

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_meal_plans/7_day_diet_meal_plan_to_lose_weight_1200_calories
  4901482
May 11, 2012 11:07 AM
Try www.skinnytaste.com

The woman who owns the site gives you all of the nutritional info for each recipe, such as calories, fat, protein, and carbs, plus sodium and all of her recipes are Weight Watchers friendly. She even puts the WW Points and Points + values for each recipe. So far, every recipe I have tried has been delicious! I especially love the Skinny Chicken Enchiladas! They are all easy recipes to make, without requiring a bunch of hard to find, expensive ingredients.
  10176339
May 11, 2012 11:12 AM
Look on Hungry girls website. Lots of quick one person meals, with low calories.

Check into volumetrics diet, lots of tips to load up your plate without overloading the calories. This is great if you live alone because your less likely to snack if your full.

I like lean cuisines, salad, and soup for a quick by myself dinner.
  11811267
May 11, 2012 11:13 AM
some good websites here - thank you happy
  17148162
May 11, 2012 2:10 PM
Eating on 1200 cals can be easy (ish) I found that I immediately switched to eating foods that would fill me up or were so low cal that I could eat a lot of them so my diet went into lean protein and loads of vegetables and fruit. I also eat porridge pretty much every day and it will be a filling breakfast (I've also discovered you can add sugar free milkshake mix to add some flavour for no added calories). Mushroom omelettes are great and low cal (leave the yolk in - it's where the goodness lies) and tuna can become your best friend! I added a can of tuna to some 100cal soup today, a little sprinkle of curry powder and a delicious easy lunch for 245 cals that kept me full until dinner. I used to find that experimenting myself was the most fun and also taught me so much about how much of things I can have and the calorie value of them, so eating out now is pretty easy because I can gauge calories by looking at my plate.

p.s. Congrats on your loss so far - that's an amazing amount to lose! xx
  6576717
May 11, 2012 3:29 PM
Chicken and veggies are your friends. I also rely on protein shakes but only because I am lazy.

I eat a lot of chicken as one of the lowest calorie meats besides maybe tuna and I'm not huge fish eater. I eat salads or soups a lot all homemade as canned have too much sodium. Usually I will make up a bunch of chicken on Sunday and mix in some taco seasoning then have taco salad or something like that a few nights or at least most lunches.
May 11, 2012 10:42 PM
I like to make a big meal that I can eat for the rest of the week. quinoa and garbonza bean salad, pre cut fruits for smoothies, chicken stir fry, premade rice (to mix beans or homemade curry into), just anything that you can spend a few hours one day cooking and then pull out whenever your hungry works great for living alone!
May 11, 2012 10:45 PM
I sometimes have the same problem, but what I do is search the internet for different varieties of healthy menus and go from there. I also added more fruits to my diet and less sugars.
May 11, 2012 10:47 PM
I'll second quinoa, it is good hot or cold and in salads. It is a complete protein which is good too. I like to squeeze fresh lemon juice onto it along with some pepper. Just steamed artichockes the other day and they took time to eat which made it an interesting change. Plus: they're in season right now!
  22032632
May 11, 2012 10:58 PM
Very good information here. Thanks!!!!!
  21762423
May 22, 2012 7:25 AM
Thanks for all the input!
May 22, 2012 7:33 AM
Salads (with low calorie dressing)
Soups
Veggies
Beans (not low calorie themselves but good to put with a meal because they fill you up!)
Rice
Oatmeal
Fruit
May 22, 2012 7:34 AM
Ellie Krieger has a great cookbook called "the food you crave" - you can get it on Amazon. The recipes are pretty easy, taste great, and work easily into a 1200 calorie diet. http://www.amazon.com/The-Food-You-Crave-Luscious/dp/1600850219

She is a registered dietician in addition to being a TV chef.
May 22, 2012 7:34 AM
Check out emilybites.com for some recipes.
May 22, 2012 7:35 AM
QUOTE:

Try www.skinnytaste.com

The woman who owns the site gives you all of the nutritional info for each recipe, such as calories, fat, protein, and carbs, plus sodium and all of her recipes are Weight Watchers friendly. She even puts the WW Points and Points + values for each recipe. So far, every recipe I have tried has been delicious! I especially love the Skinny Chicken Enchiladas! They are all easy recipes to make, without requiring a bunch of hard to find, expensive ingredients.


This is my absolute favorite website. Great meals, they don't make a whole lot so you can finish it yourself through the week.
  21636196
May 22, 2012 7:39 AM
Rotisserie chicken without the skin.
King Oscar's Brisling Sardines in Olive OIl drained with lemon and freshly ground pepper
Marinated chicken breasts
Fish
Fage 0% yogurt


Multigrain English Muffins
Oatmeal
Quinoa
Brown rice


Salads with limited or no dressing
Vegetables

Low-calorie soups

Nuts
Edited by mfpcopine On May 22, 2012 7:39 AM
May 22, 2012 7:50 AM
really great info here, thanks for posting...
  22536373
May 27, 2012 11:09 PM
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May 27, 2012 11:12 PM
http://swole.me/
  2502517
May 27, 2012 11:22 PM
Lots of great websites given! Thanks!
  10935631
May 27, 2012 11:26 PM
If you are flexible, sucking on your toes is low cal
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May 27, 2012 11:30 PM
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  19807381
May 27, 2012 11:30 PM
I also live alone and high recommend in investing in some nice tupperware (or glass storage-ware) so that you can freeze portions of low-cal/fat lasagna, stews, spaghetti sauce. soups, chicken, etc. I find that if I'm really tired and don't have the motivation to cook, I just pull out one of my ready-made dinners (that *I* made, so I know what's in it and it isn't loaded with salt) and nuke it. Also, since I portion it out for one person, it's ready to go and I don't have to measure!

Best of luck to you!
  6131563
May 27, 2012 11:41 PM
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