How Many Calories are in Low Calorie Recipes?

Calorie Count in Low Calorie Recipes

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Question: How Many Calories are in Low Calorie Recipes?

You may be wondering exactly how many calories are allowed in a so-called low calorie recipe. While the answer may not be an easy one to reach, here is a basic explanation of how many calories these recipes should contain per serving 


There has really not been an established answer to this question. While there are specifications on the food labels of low calorie food items, for example, regarding how many calories are allowed in a low calorie item, there are no specifications for how many calories are allowed in a dish labeled as "low calorie" such as are on this website.

Since all recipes on this low calorie site are considered "low calorie", I will make every attempt to keep main dishes 300 calories or under per serving, and side dishes, snack items, and other smaller items under 150 calories per serving. Those are just general guidelines that I try to abide by for this site. The way in which you combine the food you eat in a given day for your targeted caloric intake is completely up to you.

It is important to be aware that when you are trying to eat low calorie, the total calories from all food items contributing to your meal must be taken into account. For example, a typical low calorie meal plan may consist of 1200-1500 calories total per day. If you are not big on snacking, you may divide this into three segments for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which would then each consist of 400-500 calories each. This calorie content would likely be met by combining main dish items and side items in any way you like.

If you are a snacker, and mind you I personally do advise snacking on a regular basis, you may want to use 100-200 of your allotted calories to contribute to 2-3 snacks spread throughout the day. So, you then would subtract the appropriate number of calories from each meal to make up for the calories you will be consuming in snacking.

With this mathematical consideration in mind, my goal for this site is to provide healthy, nutritious, low calorie recipes that will allow you to enjoy your favorite foods in quantities that will be satisfying and nutritious without sending you over your calorie allotment for the day. Recipes will be as low in calories as possible while not sacrificing taste as well!