Burning more calories each day than you take in can be part of a weight loss or management routine, but deprivation can be unhealthy -- so it's good to enjoy low-cal food to the fullest. These 25 dishes made from cheap, healthy whole foods combine a variety of textures and flavors for exciting meals and snacks. As a bonus, smaller portions lower a food budget.
Working protein into a dish for less than 100 calories is a feat, but mushrooms are one of the best options. This snack or light meal is stuffed with healthy and low-calorie spinach and tangy feta that is satisfying on many levels.
Recipe: Spark Recipes
A fresh salad that's tasty and pretty enough to serve at dinner parties and potlucks means being able to participate in social eating without having to worry about deviating from a diet. Substituting fennel and green beans can also work.
Recipe: Weight Loss Resources