Meals & Dishes: Calories

The nutritional value and calorie content of your meals and dishes will be highly dependent on cooking method, ingredients and level of processing. Frying with high amounts of oils as well as adding products such as creams can both contribute to a higher calorie count. Also keep in mind that ready-made meals often contain more salt and calories overall. Check out our Meals and Dishes Chart below for more nutritional information.


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Popular Dishes and Healthy Meal Ideas

Dishes and meals are a fun way to get creative with ingredients in the kitchen and add your own culinary flair into your day. Home-cooked meals offer the advantage of knowing exactly what you're eating and better estimating nutritional value and calorie contents. You also have the option to substitute healthier ingredient options. This can be more difficult with meals ordered in a restaurant.

There are plenty of ways to increase the nutritional value of your meals and keep the calorie contents under control. This may include using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or unsweetened applesauce for butter. You can also use vanilla extract to replace some sweetness in various recipes. For some other healthy meal ideas, it can be helpful to choose a lean protein like fish, chicken, or a lean cut of beef, such as sirloin, and create a vegetable base for a high-protein, low-calorie dish. This may involve beef and broccoli with some soy sauce and brown rice, for example, a sweet potato shepherd's pie, or a tomato-based fish stew. For a low-calorie breakfast, having a fruit-filled smoothie or a veggie-packed omelet can be a great start to the day. What are some dishes and meals you’ve got in mind to try out this week?

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