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There is a lot of talk about how if you go vegan or whole foods plant based the weight will just fall off. In my experience, that’s not actually true for a lot of people.
The basic principle of weight loss is that your calorie intake needs to be less than what your body is burning throughout the day. For people who eat a lot of junk, the switch to a healthy diet will probably be enough.
However, if you are like me and have a problem with overeating, you’ll need to focus on eating low calorie vegan food so that you can eat larger portions and still lose weight! In comes these awesome low calorie vegan recipes.
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Here are 30+ fantastic low calorie vegan recipes that you can enjoy large servings of. We've included a whole variety of low calorie vegan meals including low calorie vegan breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert!
We've included lots of well rounded meals where you will get a good balance of carbs, proteins and fats. We also tried to make sure most the recipes are quick and easy, because eating healthy shouldn't mean hours spent in the kitchen!
This delicious banana beet smoothie features the underrated, nutrient packed beet, giving you the perfect flavors, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to start your day off! Have this low calorie, vibrant treat for breakfast, a snack or anytime of day!
Add this vegan shakshuka to your vegan breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner meal! Yes, it's really that good, you can enjoy it for any meal! It's also naturally low carb, gluten free, plant based, healthy and unbelievably delicious.
With optional tofu eggs, it's especially decadent and amazing. The best part? There are less then 170 calories per serving!
These berry packed vegan parfait cups are beautifully red, white, and blue making them perfect not only for a delicious, super fast breakfast, but also for any American holiday.
The parfait cups are filling with layers of yogurt, granola and berries. It comes at a very reasonable calorie count, but to make it even more calorie conscious, opt for a homemade, low calorie granola.
This scrumptious silken tofu scramble recipe is the answer to all your breakfast and brunch dreams. Minimal ingredients needed and a low calorie count for a quick and easy meal. You can also customize it by adding your favorite veg or throwing on some toasted bread for a delicious sandwich.
These sweet potato waffles (vegan) are so crispy and delicious while also being sneakily healthy vegan waffles. Packed with delicious fall flavors, these easy waffles are filling and pretty light on calories and will fill any waffle cravings with flare!
You can also prep them ahead of time either by making the batter ahead or by freezing them for a quick morning breakfast.
Pea guacamole makes a great appetizer or part of your meal. Light, flavorful, and low in calories, it's perfect to spread on toast or dip your snack into, and unlike regular guacamole, 1/2 cup has only 88 calories!
This easy vegan broccoli salad recipe, comes together in minutes and is so delicious and addictive. Covered in a vegan honey mustard dressing, it's tangy and sweet and amazing with the crunch of fresh broccoli. It also is a healthier broccoli salad, and packed with nutrients.
This recipes serves four as a side dish but if you are eating it as your main, it only serves two so plan accordingly. It also holds up well in the fridge for a couple days, so it's a perfect make ahead food. If you want to cut the calories even more, add less of the cranberries and pine nuts.
This delicious vegan taco salad recipe is simple, easy to create and pretty addictive. The vegan taco salad dressing is only two ingredients and comes together in seconds.
This is also a full and well rounded meals with a punch of protein and iron from the lentil meat, lots of great nutrition from a bowl of fresh veg and comfort from the creamy, amazing dressing. Meatless taco salad has never been so good! To keep it low calories, don't include the optional avocado and keep the tortilla chip topping to a minimum.
These vegan seitan burgers are a delicious blend of earthy beetroot, kidney beans and tasty spices and flavors. With only 154 calories per patty, and 18 grams of protein, this is a perfect food to incorporate into your low calorie diet!
This easy Israeli salad (also known as Jerusalem salad) uses simple, fresh ingredients to create an amazing side salad. With just a few minutes spent chopping you'll have a delicious salad, that is packed with health and nutrition and falls within almost every diet.
It's naturally vegan, vegetarian, plant based, low carb, paleo, keto, and just generally good for you. It's even kid-approved! This Israeli chopped salad is a staple in the Middle East for good reason, try it out and watch as it becomes one of your favorites!
These hearty vegetable tofu tacos are easy to make and loaded with perfectly roasted cauliflower, meaty mushrooms, sweet bell peppers, taco-seasoned crumbled tofu, and creamy avocado! This ultra-satisfying, low-carb meal will fill you up but keep you feeling light! Make sure to use lettuce as the wraps to keep it as low cal as possible.
Spicy Lentil Soup with Spinach is a flavorful vegan soup recipe, packed with nutrition. Easy to put together with ingredients on hand, and the spices provide warmth to provide comfort on a chilly evening.
These vegan stuffed peppers with brown rice, black beans, corn and Mexican spices are topped with an avocado cream. Not too spicy and totally satisfying for an easy weeknight meal packed with plant-based nutrients.
This colorful coleslaw is filled with bright healthy flavors and colors, coming together to form a vibrant, delicious dish. Pomegranate coleslaw is perfect for meal prepping, or for big family holiday style meals with it's fall/winter flavors and hardy ingredients that stay crisp in the fridge.
This flavorful vegan meal features tender slices of roasted balsamic portobello mushrooms served on top of protein-packed green lentils that are swimming in the most flavorful green pea basil pesto sauce! This delicious dish is easy to prepare and it’s super satisfying!
If you want a low-calorie vegan spinach lentil meatballs to pair with spaghetti or to eat as a healthy appetizer, here is the recipe for you! These are completely vegan,low-calorie and have an option to make it completely gluten-free too! 5 meatballs are 205 calories.
This easy vegan recipe is a healthy mix of potatoes and capsicum or green bell peppers with onions, tomatoes and a few common spices. It is a dry curry that comes together in 30 minutes. Serve with some Indian flatbread for a complete meal.
Simply delicious, broccoli potato soup, made using healthy ingredients in a warming, nourishing bowl of goodness. Chunks of potato, carrot, broccoli and white beans together with a rich and creamy broth. A tasty, yet guilt free, low calorie meal that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied. Don't use the optional coconut milk to keep this soup low calorie.
If you are vegetarian turned into vegan recently and are missing eggs, this simple vegan chickpea flour omelette is for you. It is completely gluten-free, soy-free and 2 omelettes packs 10 grams of protein and less fat making it ideal for weight loss and calorie counting diets.
These delicious and filling tacos are made with crispy tofu and topped with sliced red cabbage, green onions, salsa, lime juice, and cilantro. Packed with protein, fiber and flavor! Perfect for taco night or meal prep!
Asian Chopped Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing – So light & refreshing, yet so satisfying! Plus, it's SO easy to put together and you won't need to cook anything! A two cup serving has only 187 calories!
This delicious one pot 10 Minute Chickpea and Spinach Curry is an easy vegan curry that you need in your life. It’s low in calories and fat (just 123 calories for a big serving) and you just tip everything in to the pan and it’s ready less than 10 minutes later. Bursting with iron rich spinach and protein packed chickpeas, this curry freezes well and it’s easy to adapt depending on how spicy you like it.
This low calorie mixed veg curry is so easy to make and versatile too. Make it with whatever veg you have in the fridge, to reduce food waste! It’s similar in flavour to a Balti, with a thick tomato-ey sauce, a slightly spicy flavour and a similar spice mix that would be found in a veg balti. Each serving has 161 calories.
Hearty, rich and incredibly delicious veggie Bolognese sauce topped over a bed of spiralized zucchini noodles for the ultimate, guilt-free comfort dish! When that pasta craving hits, but you’re watching your calorie intake, make this your go-to meal.
This mushroom curry recipe is quick and easy to prepare either on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. It is healthy, creamy, and very delish, making a hearty weeknight meal. It’s also keto, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. It only has about 170 calories per portion.
Palak Dal or Dal palak or Spinach dal is a popular dal in India that is very comforting and highly nutritious. This instant pot dal palak is a lifesaver on busy weekdays which can be made in a pressure cooker or slow cooker too. vegan & gluten-free that can be served as a soup or side with rice or roti.
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