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400-calorie meals that keep taste buds happy

June 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Freezer meals are fine in a pinch, but there are better ways to put together a low-calorie meal, especially in the summer when there's a plethora of produce to pack your plate. Here are some 400-calorie meals that should make your taste buds pretty happy.A small, lean 3-ounce burger with lettuce, tomato and bun, and a big slice of watermelon is about 400 satisfying calories.

A bit more panache for homemade lunch is a deli ham and low-fat cheese Panini. Add greens with balsamic drizzle and a cup of melon, and the meal comes in at 343 calories.

Rather than a slice and a salad, consider making a salad pizza using greens, tomatoes, and goat or feta cheese, with a sprinkle of nuts and olive oil balsamic drizzle. Add a small glass of wine, and your meal comes to 410 calories.

We know kids are keen on corn dogs, but big kids like them, too. A 6-inch corn dog is a whopping 380 calories.

The Starbucks grab-and-go section has moved well beyond scones. The Power Protein Plate offers fruit, cheese, hard-boiled egg and peanut butter for 370 calories. The meal can be easily washed down with a frosty 0-calorie iced tea.

Subway also keeps things skinny with their 6-inch Veggie Delite. Get the multigrain bread and add a bag of Baked Lay's and apple slices, and your meal equals just five calories shy of 400.

When planning that getaway, there's no sense in loading up on high-fat fare at the airport. McDonald's has Grilled Chicken Snack Wraps for 260 calories. A bottle of water and a 130-calorie Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait without granola keeps you under 400 calories.

Quizno's combo of chicken noodle soup with Pesto Turkey Bullet comes in at 390 calories.

With Panera's Pick Two program, you can have half a cheese-free Sierra Turkey Sandwich with fat-free Chipotle mayo, a cup of black bean soup and a bag of Baked Lay's for a mere 320 calories.