Sunday, 15 February 2015

Healthy & Easy 5:2 Diet Recipes for One - Part One: Cooking for One

Cooking for One on the Two-Day 5:2 Diet

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In this mini-series, we'll look at:
Healthy cooking for one including preparing meals from scratch just for yourself may at first seem like a lot of work and effort. This is especially true when you are dieting, and perhaps even more so the Two-Day 5:2 Diet, when you need to stick to a daily total calorie cap of 500 or 600 calories. How do you scale down a recipe so that it not only meets your low-calorie needs but is also suitable for just one servingAfter all, on your diet days the last thing you want to be left with are left-overs to tempt you to eat more than you should. 

Cooking for One on the Two-Day 5:2 Diet
On the Two-Day 5:2 Diet Plan, the diet days are much easier to stick to when you are able to enjoy healthy, tasty, single-serving diet recipes which are also simple and easy to prepare, and which leave you filling full and satisfied after eating.  In fact, not only is it easy to stick to the 500 calorie limit (600 calories for men) as part of the diet plan, your 5:2 diet meals for one can also be exciting and delicious.

Make Cooking For 1 Easier on the Two-Day 5:2 Diet Plan

One of the ways to make cooking for one easier on the Two-Day 5:2 Diet Plan is to make sure your cupboards and fridge are well stocked with flavoursome but low-calorie seasonings and intense flavour boosters, such as a variety of:
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Low calorie sauces such as Soy sauce or hot pepper sauce
  • Low calorie cooking oil sprays such as Frylight Olive Oil Spray
  • Low fat condiments including capers, gherkins (just remember to rinse thoroughly to remove excess salt).

Beware of "Hidden" Calories

Beware of "Hidden" Calories in Condiments
Beware of "Hidden" Calories in Condiments
However, remember to read the nutritional information labels before adding sauces, condiments and seasonings to your meals. to make sure you're not caught out in a hidden calorie trap. Did you realise, for example, that: 
  • 1 tablespoon of the leading brand of tomato ketchup contains 18 calories
  • 1 tablespoon of the leading brand of “lighter” mayonnaise contains 42 calories
  • Even 1 teaspoon of grated black pepper contains 6 calories!
Hidden Calories Cheat Sheet here
To make sure you don't sabotage your 5:2 Diet Days, take a look at my Hidden Calories Cheat Sheet here.

    Needing Inspiration on Cooking Meals for One on the Two-Day 5:2 Diet Plan?

    Beginners Guide to the Two-Day 5:2 Diet
    Plan & Meals For One Cookbook
    All this theory is fine, but if you are looking for inspiration where someone has done all the calorie-counting for you, then why not take a look at my Meals For One Diet Recipe Cookbook which also includes a Beginners Guide to the Two-Day 5:2 Diet Plan. The single serving calorie-counted recipes in this book make it so easy to enjoy delicious, perfectly portioned meals for one, at breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll find all the low fat, low calorie 5:2 Diet Plan recipes featured in this post plus over 30 more in Milly White’s Beginners Guide to the Two-Day 5:2 Diet Plan Meals For One Cookbook, which makes solo dining on your fast-day: 
    • Healthy 
    • Easy 
    • Convenient 
    • Foolproof
    Packed full of flavourful, natural, healthy ingredients, these delicious recipes won't leave you feeling hungry or unsatisfied after eating. The Beginners Guide to the Two-Day 5:2 Diet Plan Meals For One Cookbook is available from Amazon here in either paperback or as an ebook.

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