Macro Friendly Recipes that are high protein & perfect to incorporate into your new IIFYM lifestyle.
The hardest thing about counting macros is figuring out what to eat. People are always asking for easy meal plans to follow, but the truth is it wouldn’t work.
Why? Because with IIFYM there is no one size fits all meal plan. Your numbers are customized to your height, weight, and activity level.
We don’t all have the same numbers. But, that being said there are definitely certain meals that make tracking easier.
What are considered macro friendly recipes?
While everyone’s macros are different, there are some similarities.
Most people have the hardest time hitting protein. Also, most people have only around 30% of their intake come from fats. Carbs will vary based on whether you are cutting, bulking, or maintaining.
So to be considered “macro friendly,” a recipe should be pretty high in protein, with a moderate amount of fat & carbs.
Another factor to consider is how easily the recipe can be adjusted to hit your own specific macro nutrient goals.
For example, say I’m eating a salad & it only calls for 2 ounces of chicken on top. Well, I could easily add a 3rd ounce to better hit my protein goal.
But, if the recipe was something like chili, that’s a little harder to adjust and harder to track accurately. Not impossible, just harder.
I’ve compiled a list for you to hopefully make this journey easier. In each description I am including the macros.
Remember, a lot of these, if not all, can be adjusted easily to fit your macros without changing the deliciousness of the recipe.
These are so great to add to your weekly meal prep as well.
Also, we have another list of go-to menu items if you are looking for fast food options.
Healthy Chicken Salad w/ Greek Yogurt
122 calories, 21 P, 3 C, 2.2 FContinue Reading
Easy Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry
224 calories, 28 P, 10 C, 8 FContinue Reading
Tinga de Pollo Tostadas
376 calories, 38 P, 32 C, 11 FContinue Reading
Healthy Egg Salad
223 calories, 27 P, 2 C, 10, FContinue Reading
Buffalo Chicken Baked Potato
270 calories, 29 P, 28 C, 5 FContinue Reading
Yogurt Parfait- 15 g protein!
287 calories, 15 P, 46 C, 5 FContinue Reading
Easy Authentic Tortilla Soup
296 calories, 35 P, 20 C, 7 FContinue Reading
Healthy Blackened Chicken Salad
333 calories, 39 P, 26 C, 10 FContinue Reading
Easy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding-high protein!
235 calories, 15.5 P, 15.5 C, 14 FContinue Reading
Low Carb Taco Salad w/Crispy Jalapeños
315 calories, 32 P, 16 C, 14 FContinue Reading
Healthy Breakfast Scramble
290 calories, 19 P, 21 C, 13 FContinue Reading
Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Shake
329 calories, 26 P, 29 C, 13 FContinue Reading
Easy Breakfast Burritos
196.5 calories, 20.5 P, 14 C, 6.5 FContinue Reading
Healthy Low Carb Burrito Bowl
310 calories, 35 P, 28 C, 8 FContinue Reading
123 calories, 21 P, 0 C, 3 FContinue Reading
Chicken Fajita Kabobs
94 calories, 19 P, 5 C, 1 FContinue Reading
Healthy Fruit Dip
123 calories, 13 P, 13 C, 2.5 FContinue Reading
Healthy Protein Chip Dip
49 calories, 6.5 P, 3 C, 1 FContinue Reading
Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes
140 calories, 9 P, 21 C, 3 FContinue Reading
Protein Hot Chocolate
2 recipe variations listed, about 25-30g protein depending on which hot chocolate version you choose.Continue Reading
As you can see, a lot of these recipes are super easy to customize.
You can add rice for more carbs or use cauliflower rice if you don’t have as many.
You can add more chicken (or whatever protein source) or use less depending on your protein goals.
Fats are easy as well. Just add some butter while cooking, or top with avocado or cheese, etc. If there are too many fats in the breakfast scramble, replace some whole eggs with egg whites.
I plan on adding to this list as well to include more recipes to help fellow IIFYMers. If you have any other weekly staples you love, please comment down below to let everyone know!