Are you joining Madeline Moves Tighter Together challenge? Are you counting macros? If so, I bet you're on the hunt for macro friendly recipes healthy substitutions to include throughout the day to help you hit your macro goals.
This post contains some of my most favorite macro friendly dishes WITH additional healthy food swaps you can make to get the most bang for your buck out of what you're eating.
And if you need help tracking macros check out my post on all things MyFitnessPal for helpful tips and tricks. The post contains a lot of helpful information on what the MyFitnessPal app is for, how to log food and recipes, how to input or change recipes, and so much more.
So let's get to it. Here's a handful of my favorite macro friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that are high protein, low fat, and moderate carb and maximum flavor!
High Protein Breakfasts
High Protein Breakfast Frittata - Use extra lean turkey sausage and fat free cheese. Fabulous macros on this one, you'll have it on repeat!
Crustless Spinach and Feta Quiche - Skipping the crust doesn't mean skipping on flavor! Use fat free cheese.
Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie - Use a Premier Protein Shake or FairLife Nutrition Plan Shake instead of almond milk for extra protein!
Strawberry Chocolate Overnight Oats - Swap out half of the oats for cauliflower rice. Just trust me! You can't even taste it.
Healthy Red Velvet Protein Pancakes - Great macros and a lovely treat as is! Super easy to make too.
Macro Friendly Lunch Ideas
Rainbow Chicken Salad Wraps - Great macros on these to begin with, but you could use additional celery instead of apple for even lower carb and use light coleslaw dressing.
Macro-Friendly Cheesy Quesadilla - Add grilled chicken, turkey, or even steak to up the protein in this recipe. I like to dip mine in plain greek yogurt (instead of sour cream) and add sriracha on top too.
Healthy Broccoli Salad - This is a high volume favorite of mine. Try using fat free cheese and using a sugar alternative like stevia in your dressing.
The Best Mediterranean Salad - My go-to lunch salad. The carbs come mainly from the pita chips, so if you're looking for lower carb you can leave these out, use less, or swap for a macro friendly pita, like a lavash wrap. Tip! Toast your lavash wrap and it basically becomes pita chips 🙂
Healthy Pesto Chicken Salad Wraps - This chicken salad is great served on a lavash wrap, which also have great macros. It’s even tasty enough to put on a lettuce wrap too, or even just eat it with a fork! Check to make sure your dried cranberries don’t have added sugar to keep the carbs down.
Healthy Southwest Salad with Greek Yogurt Chipotle Sauce - Making your own dressing is a great way to maximize your macros!
Macro Friendly Dinner Recipes
Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers - Swap out the bun for a lettuce bun! And add macro friendly toppings like tomato, onion, pickles, and mustard. This spicy brown mustard is so delish.
Roasted Garlic & Basil Chicken Burgers - Use fat free cheese and extra lean ground chicken in this one in order to keep the fat low.
Baked Feta Spaghetti Squash Casserole - This recipe already has super great macros! I would shy away from using fat free feta since it won’t melt nearly as well and you won’t achieve as creamy of a texture.
Ground Turkey Zucchini Boats - Instead of the couscous, use Right Rice for a bit more protein and lower carb. You can also use fat free cheese.
Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Great macros to begin with on this one too, but for a bit more protein, you could add some egg whites into the filling in the last few minutes of cooking.
Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper Soup - This is a vegetarian dish, so its naturally a bit higher in carbs. If you want to up the protein add a dollop or too of greek yogurt which also makes it so creamy. You could also use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice if you’re looking to decrease the carb count.
Sweet Potato Turkey Chili - This is such a comforting dish you’re sure to love. You could use half the amount of sweet potato and sub it for an extra can of black beans if you’re looking for a bit more protein.
Taco Salad Bowl - Leave off the chips, use fat free cheese, and add a dollop of greek yogurt and you've got a super healthy take on Chipotle.
Sweet Thai Chicken and Veggie Bowl - Another one with great macros thanks to spaghetti squash. Use cooking spray instead of the called for 2 T of olive oil on your spaghetti squash to make the fat in this recipe negligible.
Carne Asada Street Beef Tacos - Super high protein thanks to the beef and Greek yogurt used for the crema. Use a low carb tortilla and fat free cheese to better fit your macros.
Cheesy Mexican Chicken Skillet - This one is SO customizable. Swap the rice for cauliflower rice and/or swap the corn for zucchini for lower carb. Use fat free cheese and top with a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
Zesty Turkey Meatballs - Use fat free feta and get this, use ground up pork rinds instead of bread crumbs for extra protein and lower carb.
a final macro note:
All of the recipes on my blog are pre-loaded into MyFitnessPal. If you make any of the recipes as written, you can log a portion my searching "A Paige Of Positivity" and the recipe title. However, if you make any of the healthy swaps that I've included above the macros will be different and I suggest logging the recipe yourself.
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. It’s my passion to create dishes that can be shared with others. Tell me something you loved, something that you think it might need, or just say hi!
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