The Optavia program is a weight loss plan that emphasizes the importance of “Lean & Green” meals. To help their clients feel their best while losing weight, the meals they eat should contain appropriate amounts of vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats.
Optavia is a low-carb and low-calorie diet with many nutritious ingredients. To save money, you can make these Optavia recipes at home instead of purchasing pre-packaged meals.
In this post, we’re sharing 16 easy Lean & Green meals that are Optavia-program friendly, easy to make, healthy, and delicious!
What is a Typical Lean & Green Meal?
According to the Optavia program, a Lean & Green meal should have 5 to 7 ounces of cooked lean protein, 3 servings of non-starchy vegetables, and no more than 2 servings of healthy fats. The amount of fat servings is dependent on the type of lean protein in the meal.
Easy Optavia Lean & Green Meals
Save yourself some carbs and enjoy these fajitas on lettuce instead! They have all of the authentic flavors you love and are a healthier option.
If you love McDonald’s iconic Big Mac burger, you have to give this salad a try. It has all of the tasty flavors, and is ready to enjoy in just 15 minutes. You won’t even miss the bun!
Chicken cacciatore is often served with pasta, but you can keep it low carb by using zucchini noodles (zoodles) instead! The recipe uses chicken thighs so you know they’ll be tender and juicy when it’s time to eat.
This hearty and rich dish is made with a can of cream of chicken soup! Serve it with your favorite green veggie for a delicious meal that’s ready in just 25 minutes.
The next time you’re hosting game night, serve this healthier version of nachos to the gang. Each mini bell pepper is stuffed with a tasty chicken mixture and topped with shredded cheese!
If you love paella but are counting carbs, this is the recipe for you. Instead of using white rice, this dish is made with riced cauliflower! Each serving has just 13 grams of carbs.
This cauliflower crust pizza takes about an hour to make but we think you’ll love the results! It’s much lower in carbs compared to traditional pizza, and is also a good choice if you’re sensitive to gluten. To make it easier, buy riced cauliflower from the grocery store.
This is a wonderful dish to make when fresh asparagus is in season. The salmon is perfectly seasoned and is a delicious and lean source of protein.
This recipe is quick and easy to make thanks to the canned tuna. It’s also refreshing, delicious, and a good source of protein!
Easy Lean and Green Meals
- 3 chicken breasts skinless boneless
- 1 lb baby red potatoes halved or quartered
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 lemon sliced into rings
- 3 tsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp oregano
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary optional
- 3/4 lb green beans trimmed
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Set aside a large baking sheet.
- Pat dry chicken breasts and rub with oil. Then place them on the baking sheet.
- Add potatoes and tomatoes around the sheet pan and arrange them in one layer. Sprinkle minced garlic, oregano across the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss to mix well. Place several lemon slices on top of chicken.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes (add green beans during the last 10 minutes).
- Broil for the last 5 minutes, if your chicken breasts look too pale.
- Remove chicken breasts from the oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Cover with aluminum foil while resting. Serve and enjoy!