When you first start counting macros, it can be overwhelming. It can be hard to figure out what foods fit into your daily macros without resorting to eating a bunch of plain chicken breasts.  And eating plain chicken for every meal is just not sustainable. It’s a total game-changer once you realize you can have balanced macros while still eating REAL food. If you’re new to macro-counting or just feeling stuck, here are 5 recipes to make macro-counting easier! 

#1 The Best Yogurt and Cottage Cheese Bowl 

5 Recipes to Make Macro-Counting Easier: Cottage Cheese and Yogurt Bowl

This is a GREAT breakfast option if you’re really busy or new to macro-counting. It’s so easy to make and doesn’t require any cooking or prepping. Just some stirring, a little chopping, and voila the perfect, balanced breakfast. 

A yogurt and cottage cheese bowl is very versatile and easy to make to your own preferences  I love to eat this yogurt and cottage cheese bowl in a variety of ways, and I enjoy this Apple Crisp version or this fruit and granola version from the blog.

These yogurt and cottage cheese bowls also make for the perfect afternoon snack.  No matter what version you have, you can’t go wrong. 

#2 Healthy Tuna Salad Recipe 

5 Recipes to Make Macro-Counting Easier: Healthy Tuna Salad

Nothing beats making one meal that lasts for several meals, and this Healthy Tuna Salad is just that. Whether you enjoy it with crackers, bread, or even on a bed of greens. 

With all the different ways to enjoy it, you’re sure to have something yummy for lunch all week long while still tasting fresh. 

Of course, if tuna isn’t you’re thing, I have a lot of other GREAT salads on the blog you can choose from.  Another really popular one is this Pickle Chicken Salad.  Both of these salads are so delicious and make great salads for meal prep. 

#3 Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken 

Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken

Making dinner is too hard if you have to start from scratch every night. That’s why batch-prepping protein is the best. Having a prepped protein, to throw on salads or bowls or tuck into tacos or wraps, makes counting macros so much easier. 

This is the principle I based my entire first cookbook, LEAT, around. And my family almost always has at least one prepped protein in the fridge. 

To keep it organized, I love using these fridge containers with all the bits of produce and meat that need to be used throughout the week. 

So make sure to prep protein ahead of time for busy days or for days that you just don’t want to cook. This Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken is a great staple–plus it tastes good in just about anything! 

There are also several other protein options available on the blog, if you need them. 

#4 Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake 

5 Recipes to Make Macro-Counting Easier: Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake

There’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch at night with a delicious dessert to watch your favorite show…but when counting macros, it can be difficult to fit a decadent dessert in every night. That’s why I love this Chunky Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake.  

It helps me feel my best while still filling that hole in my heart for something yummy at the end of each day. 

It’s GIANT and tastes so good. Definitely a staple. Not to mention, it’s a great way to make sure you’re getting enough protein every day. 

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#5 Favorite Macro-Friendly Sauces

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Sauces are key to leveling up the flavor of your food. They make everything taste so much better. I keep macro-friendly sauces on hand almost all of the time. And while there are some good store-bought ones, homemade ones taste so much better! 

They make all your prepped proteins taste fresh with all those yummy herbs. I do have a bunch of sauces on the blog including this great round-up of my favorites.  Whether you use a macro-friendly sauce on tacos, burgers, salads, bowls, or more–it’s sure to make your food taste that much better! 

5 Recipes to Make Macro-Counting Easier 

With these 5 recipes to make macro-counting easier.  hopefully, you’ll be able to manage macro-counting even on your busiest of days.  Each one of these meals is amazing for new macro-counters or macro-counters who need to switch things up.

Of course, my blog is full of recipes that are macro-friendly while still being tasty.  All of my recipes are also already loaded into My Fitness Pal, Lose It, and Macros First for easy counting. 

If you’re looking for an even easier way to macro-count, my cookbooks are also all designed to take the hard parts about macro–counting (like calculating calories) and make it easier for people who might not have the time to do it themselves. 

All my cookbooks are designed to help you be able to stick to your goals while still eating REAL food that tastes good too.  You don’t have to choose between flavor and having a balanced diet. Any of my cookbooks would be a great choice, especially LEAT, if you’re new to macro-counting.  You can get the rundown of all my cookbooks here.

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Hello. My name is Lillie. I’m not a registered dietitian, or a macro coach, or a public figure or culinary genius. I’m a mommy of four who FOUND macro-counting and fell in love with this balanced approach to food...

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