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Light & Healthy Lunch Combos That Are Under 500 Calories


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Dieting for weightloss? The simple trick is to eat and drink less calories than you burn. That’s called a calorie deficit. We can do it in two ways: control what and how much you eat or exercise. A combination of the two is what doctors suggest. So first, know how many calories you can have per day. Then, according to your convenience, divide the calories into the meals.

If you want a heavy breakfast and a light dinner, adjust the calories accordingly. The next thing is to exercise regularly as per your body’s needs. Now, we are going to see some of the Indian lunch combos that are below 500 calories. 

1.    Rajma Chawal & Salad

1 cup of rajma curry gives around 200 calories, and a cup of cooked rice (150 gms), whether long or short grain, contains about 200 calories. You can have a bowl full of average regular salad and rajma chawal.

2.    Idli Chutney & Sambhar

If you like south Indian cuisine, then idli is the saviour. 4 idli (rice & urad dal) has around 162 calories. A small cup of coconut chutney contains about 100 calories, and a cup of sambhar with vegetables has 200 calories. Approximately, this adds up to 450 calories and will healthily satisfy your cravings.

3.    Dal Roti Sabji

Dal, Roti and Sabji – Indian homemade food

Our comfort food; we Indians love having this simple Ghar ki daal roti sabji.  You just have to fix the amount of daal and sabji and instead of aata ki roti, have oats ki roti; it has fewer calories. A cup of daal has around 130 calories, 1 cup of vegetable curry has 200 calories, and two oats roti has 140 calories. The total is about 470 calories, so you have a complete meal in less than 500 calories.

 4.    Curd Rice

Sometimes, you can try curd rice, the most popular south Indian dish. A cup of curd rice has 200 calories. So, you can have 2 cups of it as your afternoon meal and a cup of salad. And you are full!

5.    Dosa Chutney combo

Take 2 regular-sized masala dosa (340 calories) and pair it up with ½ cup coconut chutney (130 calories); rounds up to 470 calories will give you enough energy for the rest of the day.

These are some lunch combo ideas for a meal less than 500 calories. Do not starve yourself, do it healthily. Some thumb rules for a healthy weight loss journey are to eat small, check for the labels for nutrition content, eat fresh foods from plates, not from packages, and, most crucial, count the calories.

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