I'm finding the fruit smoothies are helping with my "sugar fix" daily though I'll have a single piece of chocolate (about 50 calories, a couple of times a week) and I have 2-4 VISI brand protein chews every day (20 calories, four grams of protein and less than 1 gram of sugar per cloudberry flavored chew)
A mid-morning snack was a smoothie made with red grapes/pear/baby kale and a pinch of ginger added to the cup of water and ice.
Lunch was from my favorite "veggie" protein line Gardein. Their products have ingredient lists that are surprisingly short when compared to other "veggie" meats and do not require a chemistry degree to understand. They rely on wheat, ancient grains veggies, soy proteins and real herbs and spices and the results are delicious.
It just takes a few minutes to crisp them up in a sauce pan with a couple teaspoons of olive or coconut oil. Rather than pour the sauce over the top, I have it on the side to dip my pieces of chicken in to save some calories.. A single serving, with big salad with a low cal dressing and two tablespoons of the orange sauce is less than 250 calories for your meal. A single serving of Panda Express orange chicken without anything else is almost 500 calories, and four TIMES the fat of the Gardein orange chicken.
Pasta with Spinach and Beans
Serves 2-3 (and easily doubles)
4 ounces bowtie pasta
1/2 large onion chopped
a handful of mushrooms or a small jar
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 cups loosely packed fresh spinach
1/2 cup vegetable stock or vegetarian "chicken" stock.
2 teaspoons minced jarred garlic
1/4 teaspoon Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt Blend (a salt/herb blend that has less than half of the sodium of salt, so if using real salt, decrease the amount slightly)
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
(note - I don't measure spices when I'm free-range cooking, this is an estimate but should be close)
1/2 of a 14 (or 15) ounce can of white beans (drained and rinsed)
3 Tablespoons fresh Parmesan cheese. (Use soy cheese for a vegan dish)
Combine pasta and sauce and serve in bowls (so you get the goodness of a little broth at the bottom of the bowl mixed in with the melty cheese), Top with a little fresh Parmesan and extra crushed red pepper if you desire.