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10 Low-Carb and Low-Calorie Meals for Weight Loss


Are you looking for something different for dinner tonight? If you're counting calories to lose weight, it's easy to get bored with vegetable soups and salads. Finding a low-calorie meal that's filling, flavorful, and satisfying? That's a tall order!

With It's Skinny Pasta, you can enjoy a variety of delicious low-calorie meals for weight loss any night of the week. Here are 10 don't-miss low-carb and low-calorie meals for weight loss!

Counting Calories for Weight Loss

The counting calories vs. counting carbs for weight loss question is common. Which is the better stat for dieting?

It comes down to finding a diet that works best for you. If you prefer to watch calories instead of carbohydrates, you can still lose weight. It's all about calories going in versus calories going out. Lower your caloric intake, and you'll see results.

Some would argue that the reason why low-carb gets all the promotion as a weight loss solution comes down to calorie density. When you eat low-carbohydrate foods, you’re often eating foods that are low in calories as well (not always, but often). Unprocessed meats are free of carbohydrates with plenty of filling lean protein. Vegetables, herbs, and spices add flavor but keep the carb count low. That means a lot of bang for your calorie buck.

At the same time, vegetables have a low-caloric density—meaning you can eat a lot of vegetables for a low number of calories. So any vegetable-forward meal with lean protein is likely to be low-calorie.

Where calories (and carbs) stack up is in foods high in sugars and starches. Foods like bread, white rice, traditional pasta, cakes, and cookies are high in carbs and calories. These sugary foods burn off quickly. You eat them, but then you feel hungry again a short time later.

If you want to stay full, it's best to look for foods high in filling fiber and lean protein. Seek out low-calorie foods as the base of your meal. Then you can afford to splurge on a few higher-calorie garnishes like a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or a little olive oil. These healthier fats will also satisfy you and keep your low-calorie meal from veering into the deprivation zone.

At the end of the day, it really comes down to avoiding that feeling of restriction. You will lose weight if you can still enjoy your favorite foods in a modified, low-calorie way.

It's Skinny: 9-Calorie Dream Pasta

So what if you’re not ready to give up all of your favorite starchy carbs? Is life without pasta even worth living? Well, It’s Skinny can make your low-calorie pasta dreams come true.

It’s Skinny Pasta and It’s Skinny Rice are the perfect way to lighten up your favorite meals. They have the same texture and play with the other ingredients just like their traditional counterparts. But It’s Skinny Pasta and Rice have only 9 calories and ZERO net carbs per pack!

That means you can have those flavorful toppings like a little sour cream, a pat of butter, or a handful of grated cheese, while still enjoying a low-calorie weight-loss-friendly meal! It’s Skinny easily shaves off hundreds of calories from your favorite pasta and rice dishes.

Both traditional pasta and rice have about 200 calories per cooked cup—that adds up fast! Instead, lighten up your meals by switching to It’s Skinny. Plug these recipes into your meal tracker, and you'll be surprised at how much lighter the stats are with It's Skinny.

Thanks to a vegetable called konjac root, It’s Skinny is high in filling fiber, low in calories, and has no net carbs. It’s available in four varieties:

  • It’s Skinny Rice
  • It’s Skinny Spaghetti
  • It’s Skinny Fettuccine
  • It’s Skinny Angel Hair

Order up a variety 6-pack so you can sample each of the great styles of It’s Skinny! You won’t believe how delicious and satisfying low-calorie pasta can be!

10 Delicious Low-Calorie Pasta Recipes

Ready to get cooking? Here are 10 low-calorie meals for weight loss. All these recipes are weeknight-friendly, low-carb, and delicious!

1. Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Poke Bowls are delicious with fish, rice, and vegetables. It’s no wonder that this Hawaiian delicacy has become a popular meal everywhere. The ingredients require little more than a rough chop and assembly. This low-calorie meal is a feast for the eyes and the stomach!

2. Keto Lemon Butter Pasta Bowls

These simple, vegetarian-friendly Lemon Butter Pasta Bowls are fast and filling. This recipe works for intermittent fasters who need something that won't break their fast, but thanks to It's Skinny Spaghetti, it's also 200 calories lower than any traditional pasta al limone. So go ahead and enjoy the creamy sauce guilt-free!

3. Keto Italian Breakfast Scramble

Butter adds richness to this Breakfast-for-Dinner Italian Scramble. It’s Skinny Rice makes it a filling and satisfying meal that won’t leave you feeling deprived at all. This low-carb scramble can also be a delicious side with a lean protein (but it’s great all on its own). This is another intermittent-fast-friendly meal too.

4. Low-Carb Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup is a great way to cut calories in your meals. It’s filling and comforting! This low-carb Chicken Noodle Soup is the perfect example of a meal in a bowl. Made with It’s Skinny Angel Hair, the delicate noodles, fragrant broth, and yummy chicken will satisfy any cravings.

5. Sweet and Spicy Thai Fried Rice

Sometimes you want a meal that hits all the right notes—spicy, savory, and sweet. This sweet and spicy Thai Fried Rice is low-carb, low-calorie, and delicious. This recipe gets its sweetness from a small amount of pineapple and ginger (rather than the processed sugar or corn syrup typically found in sweet and spicy foods), making the calories much more manageable.

6. Mussels Fra Diavolo with Low-Carb Angel Hair Pasta

Low-calorie doesn’t have to be synonymous with boring or bland. Mussels Fra Diavolo is a restaurant-worthy dish that’s elegant, flavorful, and easier than you might imagine. Make this dish for a date night, and you'll feel like you've indulged without the guilt. It's a real showstopper.

7. Mexican Rice with Chicken

Another excellent low-calorie meal is low-carb Mexican It’s Skinny Rice with Chicken. Let's be real—even if you try to lighten up your meal at your favorite Mexican fast-casual joint, you're likely to get more calories and carbs than you bargained for. With It's Skinny Rice, these bowls have all the flavors with a fraction of the calories and carbohydrates in their chain restaurant counterparts. Better still? It's ready in less time than it takes to drive to the restaurant.

8. Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

Craving fake-out takeout? This low-carb, healthy Chicken Fried It’s Skinny Rice is an excellent take on everyone's favorite. Traditional fried rice is often high in both calories and carbs. With this version, you control what goes in, and with ZERO net carb, 9 calorie It’s Skinny Rice, it’s got great stats for anyone trying to eat healthier.

9. Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato and Basil

This dish is elegant in its simplicity and flavors. The classic combination of Tomato and Basil over delicate It’s Skinny Angel Hair is just perfect. This low-calorie meal feels elevated and sophisticated, but it’s very simple to pull together, even on a weeknight. With fresh, bright flavors, this is a low-calorie pasta dish you’ll put on regular rotation.

10. Fettuccine Primavera with 9 Calorie Noodles

With creamy sauce, Fettuccine Primavera might not seem like a low-calorie meal. But thanks to It's Skinny 9-calorie noodles, you can enjoy this vegetarian pasta any time! It's a great way to get in extra vegetables for lunch or dinner. This pretty pasta primavera is bright, colorful, and packed with plenty of crave-worthy flavors. Don’t miss this dish!

When you use It’s Skinny Pasta, you can lighten up almost any meal. Cut your calories by swapping traditional pasta or rice for It’s Skinny. It’s the secret to weight loss success!