At lunchtime, shoot for 325 to 400 calories.
Make yourself a big green salad and top it with leftover turkey and maybe even some green beans and whatever is remaining of the veggie platter. Toss with a few tablespoons of a lower-calorie dressing and have a small whole-grain roll.
Are you out battling the crowds at the mall? Treat yourself to a low-cal lunch at the food court. Here are some of the better choices.
A filling salad: Try Au Bon Pain’s Mediterranean Chicken Salad (290 calories, 16 g fat) with light olive oil vinaigrette (110 calories, 10 g fat) or Panera’s Asian Sesame Chicken Salad (400 calories, 20 g fat). If chicken feels a little too much like turkey, go for Moe’s Close Talker Salad (skip the shell and opt for no meat) with black beans, veggies, cucumbers and a Southwest vinaigrette (360 calories, 21 g fat).
Soup: Try Au Bon Pain’s large (16 oz.) Black Bean Soup (380 calories, 2 g fat) or Chicken and Vegetable Stew (410 calories, 24 g fat).
A chicken sandwich: Try Subway’s 6-inch Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich (320 calories, 5 g fat), Arby’s Roast Chicken Sandwich (370 calories, 12 g fat) or Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich with honey mustard (390 calories, 10 g fat).
A turkey sub: Try Blimpie’s 6-inch Turkey Sub, no cheese or sauce (320 calories, 3.5 g fat) or Quiznos Pesto Turkey Toasty Bullet (382 calories, 13 g fat).
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