So, you are on a strict diet, but the appetite and craving for favorite delicious cuisines is still irresistible. What do you do? Hit McDonalds, Pizza Hut, or Burger King, only to supplement those calories that you have burnt painstakingly by doing exercises and workout? Well, that’s the last thing you want to do when you are on a diet, for it will only push you towards a zone called “back to square one”, which will detriment your fitness journey. However, there are some cuisines you are allowed to eat occasionally. They are called “Cheat Meals”.
You can satiate your taste buds with some cuisines that are scrumptious and low on calories. Here’s the list of 8 dishes you can try as cheat meals for your diet plan –
1. Toothsome vegetable burger –
When it comes to foodoholics, there are few things that evoke a feeling of ecstasy as much as a burger between teeth. You know the feeling, right? That bun chiseled in the most symmetric way and those tempting ingredients in the mix of cabbage, onion, and tomato with a part of cheese bursting its way from the chasm of two bun slices can be an enchanting sight for any foodie. However, when you are on diet, you need to be careful that the burger you choose has only vegetable and low-fat constituents. In short, the number of calories should be less than 200-300 calories. It is a figure you should restrict yourself to. You can have a bit of fries with Burger.
2. Piquant Pizza –
Pizza sure is a go-to cheat meal for a foodie who is on diet. If you are someone who has been a denizen of Pizza places, then the craving is obvious. You have not resisted the temptations all the time. With the kind of determination you show in your diet plan, you do deserve a treat, and when it comes to Pizza, it gets difficult to retreat. You can definitely eat the low-calorie Pepperoni Pizza. I am not going to be a show spoiler by asking you to refrain from cheese. However, a very thin or minimal crust of cheese and a bit of meat (if you are a non-vegetarian) won’t be a problem.
3. Tempting Tacos –
You can freely have a cheat Tuesday with tacos and green tea. Trust me, it’s a good combination. Just do not inundate tacos with cheese and cream because it will only raise the calories and you will end up assimilating extra fats which you will have to burn again. You can club this dish with nachos (even cheese nachos). Also, you can surely include the vegetables you like, but go a little easy with fatty ingredients.
4. The Spaghetti Incident –
For all those who have taste for spaghetti, it’s always an enticing sight to have one on the table with the hotchpotch noodles competing with each other to get first into the fork, only to get into your mouth satisfy your appetite for spaghetti. You can add some meat balls but obviously not in abundance. Try vegetable pasta or Turkey meatballs which are not high on fats.
5. Mouth-mellowing Macaroni –
Okay, macaroni entails too much of dairy products, which you already need to cut short on. However, you can personalize your macaroni to low calorie ingredients. You can try the baked version which will add to the delight and will save you from those extra calories.
6. Avarice for Fried Rice –
If you are someone who can’t live without rice, then let me tell that you can definitely include it in your perfect diet plan. And the Chinese flavor is only going to add to the joy of your rice-devouring session. You can add cauliflower and deep fried eggs or preferably roll them to enjoy the combination.
7. The Delish Pancakes and Bacon –
Breakfast is the most important meal and it will keep you charged in the morning. Apart from salads, oats, fruits and coffee or anything you eat according to your diet plan can be replaced by the mouth-watering pancakes and bacon. Traditional pancakes and bacon will add up calories, so you can try whole wheat pancakes and turkey bacon.
8. Delicious Dessert –
Having a butterscotch ice-cream or drinking a thick chocolate shake is surely not going to serve your purpose of dieting. But you can have banana milkshake or can try any other fruit; predilection insisted! You can add peanut butter too if you prefer to.
Cheat meals are to diet what weekends are to working professionals. They give us a bit rest from the stringent diet plans and get us going further in fitness journey. However, having a plan for cheat meals will ensure that you stay rejuvenated in the diet journey and at the same time stay safe from going high on calories.