Looking for some new healthy recipes to add to your collection? Then you need to follow Arielle Calderon on Instagram. This inspiring young woman has lost 100 pounds and has all kinds of yummy (but healthy) recipes to share.
She’s documented her weight-loss journey online, sharing her ups, downs and some of her go-to meals. She keeps it real about what it takes to meet her ambitious goals, and her before and after pictures will inspire anyone trying to live a healthier lifestyle.
Ready to add some variety to your routine weekly menu? Calderon shares all kinds of recipes on Instagram and on her website. Here are 14 of our favorites.
1. Spaghetti Squash Boat
This looks delicious! Anything with melted mozzarella gets a thumbs up from us. Calderon uses simple ingredients such as sausage, tomato paste and diced tomatoes to create this tasty dish. You could also make it vegetarian, if you prefer. Watch this video for cooking instructions.
2. PB2, Banana And Chocolate Chip Pancakes
If you have a sweet tooth, then these pancakes can satisfy it and give you a healthy breakfast. Calderon explains that PB2 is a powered peanut butter that is a healthy alternative to the traditional spread. She posted her pancake recipe on Instagram.
3. Mango Salsa Cauliflower Rice With Avocado
Calderon combined store-bought mango salsa with some riced cauliflower for this beautiful creation. “Super quick and easy” according to her Instagram post!
4. Turkey, Apple, Cheddar And Cheese Sandwich
This meal has all the basic food groups and almost looks too good to be healthy. But, according to Calderon’s posted recipe, it only adds up to 7 Weight Watcher points, which is low for a sandwich and a side. And who doesn’t love ciabatta bread?
5. Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Squash
Calderon likes to use spaghetti squash in place of the higher-carb, higher-calorie pasta. From there, she simply adapts her favorite recipes, like this shrimp scampi, to fit her healthy lifestyle!
6. Egg White And Spinach Omelette With Sweet Potato Apple Hash
A healthy, yet hearty, breakfast to start the day off right! For the sweet potato hash, Calderon simply chopped up the potato, added some ground cinnamon and then the diced apples. A little coconut oil spray got them nice and crispy. Get the full recipe from her Instagram post. And make sure to check the comments for her added tips!
7. Buffalo Chicken Flatbread With Pineapple
Craving a little buffalo chicken? You don’t need wings to crush it. For example, this flatbread recipe packs some big flavor but keeps it all healthy. The recipe takes less than 20 minutes to make, too!
8. Mini Egg White Cups With Spinach, Mushrooms And Ground Turkey
Dig out that mini-muffin tray! This recipe provides a savory, healthy alternative to those muffins. And these little egg cups would make a nice, quick breakfast in the morning or a little appetizer before lunch or dinner.
9. Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rounds
This is another great option for just about any meal. Simply grab some cucumber and slice it up. Add a little light spreadable cheese, capers, red onion and smoked salmon. Refreshing and healthy!
10. Chicken Fajitas With Spanish Cauliflower Rice
Time for some Mexican food! No artificial seasonings with this dish. Just some spices like cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. This recipe also uses whole wheat tortillas instead of regular flour tortillas.
11. Mashed Frozen Banana With Frozen Blueberries And Better’n Peanut Butter
“Tastes like ice cream!” Calderon wrote on her Instagram post for this dessert. It’s a no-fuss recipe that only uses frozen bananas and blueberries, along with Better’n Peanut Butter, a low-calorie version of peanut butter only has 100 calories per serving and 85 percent less fat than regular PB.
12. Zoodles With Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage
What the heck are zoodles? They are zucchini cut in a spiral shape that serve as a low-carb stand-in for spaghetti or other pasta. This recipe only needs a few ingredients and can be eaten either raw (except for the sausage) or lightly sautéed. You make the choice!
13. Key Lime Yogurt Bites
Sometimes that sweet tooth just kicks in and you need to satisfy it. So, Calderon got creative to come up with this easy recipe. And you just need a mini muffin tray, some light yogurt, fat-free whipped cream and sprinkles. Voila! Dessert is ready!
14. Salted Caramel Cinnamon Donut
This recipe sounds better with each word! Calderon borrowed this recipe from another weight-loss journey blogger @mudhustler. These donuts require a little more time and ingredients than some of the other dishes, but they look worth the work!