10 Spiralized Zucchini Recipes Under 300 Calories

10 Spiralized Zucchini Recipes Under 300 Calories

We’re in the heart of summer. That means, opportunities for pitchers of sangria, guacamole and chips, BBQ everything and of course, ice cream.

But hey, we all deserve it – after a long winter indoors (at least for those of us who live with the seasons), there’s nothing better than fully enjoying summertime.

So, if you went out to that new hip outdoor spot for some cold refreshing beers at lunchtime with your coworkers, had that 3pm trip to the frozen yogurt spot and now need a low-calorie, low-fat healthy dinner to end your day on a light note…. I’ve got you covered.

Overindulging during the day a bit doesn’t mean you need to spend hours at the gym just to maintain that bikini bod. In my experience, diet is more important (you know my story.) And “diet” doesn’t mean eating a bowl of spinach with lemon juice on it – just eat Inspiralized and you’ll always feel nourished and satisfied. Put the celery sticks away.

Whether you’re trying to eat healthy, trying to lose weight, trying to maintain your weight, or simply looking for some easy lunch options that won’t weigh you down, today’s your day!

Every few months, I like to round up my spiralized recipes that are under 300 or 350 calories. You can check out previous posts here:

When you’re trying to lose weight, unfortunately, it is a bit of a numbers game – calories in versus calorie burned. I haven’t counted calories since I was in college. Simply, I’ve read into what foods I need for different reasons and also, after reading nutritional labels and studying nutritional values of various proteins, fruits, veggies and legumes, I have a general idea of what’s “too much” and what’s “too little.”

For example, I know that if I have about a serving of salmon (about 3 ounces), it’s around 180 calories. I know that a sizeable sweet potato is about 160 calories. I know that half an avocado is about 160 calories. Knowing these basic calorie counts (along with their micronutrient values) helps me portion myself when making meals, without calorie counting. I can look at my plate and say, “That looks like a balanced meal, both nutritionally and calorically.”

By cooking for yourself more often and “understanding” the calories for serving sizes of different types of foods (ie apples, broccoli, carrots, quinoa, chickpeas, almonds), you’ll free yourself from the restrictions of a calorie counting App on your phone.

It took me a while to get there, and this blog has helped me tremendously – having to generate nutritional value counts on all the recipes has made me much more aware of all of that information.

Having said all of that, if you are someone who needs to calculate calories exactly to keep on track, don’t let anyone tell you you’re wrong. If it helps you, do you. It’s your life, your body, your peace of mind, and whatever works, works.

Long story short, here are some summer-friendly zucchini noodle recipes to take the guesswork out:

10 Spiralized Recipes Under 300 Calories

Top right: Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle Collard Green Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce (206 calories)

Bottom right: Chicken Zucchini Noodle Soup (290 calories)

Left: Vegan Creamy Ginger-Coconut Zucchini Noodles (159 calories)** add a protein to this one to feel fuller, longer

10 Spiralized Recipes Under 300 Calories

Top left: Gluten-Free Zucchini Spaghetti with Fried Egg (213 calories)

Bottom left: Easy Three Bean Zucchini Noodle Macaroni Salad (146 calories)

Top right: Sesame Chicken and Bok Choy Zucchini Noodle Bowl (296 calories)

Bottom right: Basil Zucchini Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes (168 calories)

10 Spiralized Recipes Under 300 Calories

Left: Zucchini Spaghetti with Clams (220 calories)

Top right: Spiralized Vegetable Bibimbap (299 calories)

Bottom right: Zucchini Noodle and Arugula Salad with Ricotta, Corn and Bacon (227 calories)

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Sandra says:
Love love love this post! I make so many of your older recipes....will "nutritional information" ever be provided for those (like you don't have enough going on!)?
Shelbi says:
I just want to echo the sentiment of this whole post. One of the most difficult things about counseling in my profession is trying to explain to people that there is a freedom to understanding healthy eating and nourishing foods, and saying good-bye to the diet mentality. By understanding proper portions rather than counting calories, it gives you the opportunity to make all foods fit. Someone could count their calories and eat 1600 calories of junk if that's what they've calculated their needs to be, or someone can realize the importance of eating a variety of nutrient dense foods with a balance of the ones that are slightly more indulgent (like one of my favorite, bacon!) When I client grasps this, it becomes so much easier to lose and/or maintain weight since deprivation becomes a thing of the past. I wish I had a dollar for every client who squeals with delight to see how cheese can fit into a healthy lifestyle! Keep up the great message Ali!
Ali Maffucci says:
Thank you!! And keep spreading that message :)
Sarah says:
As always, love it! Low on the calories, but oh so tasty and filling! Congrats on your marriage! I am just recently married as well (May 30th this year) and I everything about marriage...especially the part where I call him husband!
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