10 Under-500 Calorie Meals That Are Actually Filling (and Delicious)

It’s like clockwork. As you sit at your desk, your suddenly-ravenous stomach starts to make that deeply seductive noise somewhat reminiscent of a whale’s mating call. You glance at the time, and the panic slowly settles in. It’s a measly two hours after lunch, and you already feel as though you’ve gone the entire day without so much as a morsel of food. What’s worse is that you have another four hours before comfortably nestling into your living room’s dreamy velour couch and happily devouring last weekend’s not-so-healthy leftovers.

If this scenario doesn’t sound familiar to you, feel free to pat yourself on the. However, if you’re like most people trying to survive the 9-to-5 grind, the 4 o’clock famine is as routine as our morning coffee habit. The likely culprit? A less than satisfactory lunch. All too often, we get sucked into e-mails, meetings, or the counterintuitive mentality of “good” (i.e. wimpy) eating in anticipation of the happy hour that oh-so-gloriously awaits us at the end of the day. Thus, we skip out on the good stuff that keeps us satiated and sane until our next meal. So what’s the solution? Fresh and satiating meals that contain the right balance of lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. We’ve done the work for you and have handily rounded up ten, easy-to-prep meals that will consistently leave you feeling light, energized, and blissfully unfazed come 4 p.m.

Keep scrolling for our top picks that clock in under 500 calories!