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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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Low Calorie Vegan Recipes
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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!
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 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!
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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