Sticking to a low carb and low fat diet most of the time is not easy. This is why you need to reward yourself every once in a while! In addition to helping you avoid palate fatigue, a properly planned cheat meal will give you more motivation to keep eating clean and healthy for the rest of the week!

This does not give you the permission to go overboard, however. Even if you are on a cheat day, you have to make wise decisions. Here are some glorious ideas that you may use for your next cheat meal, all of which will be healthy and satisfying.

Veggie Pizza

Pizza has a pretty bad reputation because it is classified as either fast food or junk food. However, as long as you make the right decisions when it comes to choosing your toppings, there should be no reason for you not to have a slice! An all-veggie pizza will help you load up on essential vitamins and minerals while giving you the fulfilling feeling of eating a hearty meal. Instead of heading to the local pizza joint, you should consider making your own pizza at home, to ensure that no unnecessary fat is in the mix.

Quinoa Casserole

While a traditional casserole recipe is filled with bad cards and fat, substituting key ingredients with healthier alternatives will make for a great cheat meal! Quinoa is a healthy grain that will give you your much-needed energy without the gloat! Some cheese and a serving of healthy protein will complete the fulfilling and healthy recipe. As a matter of fact, you can even prepare a big batch of casserole and keep having servings for your next couple of meals!

Flourless Banana Pancake

A great cheat day will start with a hearty breakfast; and nothing says good morning better than a batch of freshly-made pancakes! Mash a couple of bananas and add an egg. Use a tiny dollop of butter and cook it on a flat pan! What you’ll get is a batch of light and fluffy pancakes that skips the unnecessary carbohydrates from common-grade flour. Enjoy with a steaming hot mug of freshly brewed coffee and fuel up for a fun-filled cheat day!

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta is a popular choice, as far as cheat meals are involved. For your cheat meal, you can keep things light and healthy by whipping up a batch of your own puttanesca sauce! All that you will need are tomatoes, anchovies, capers, garlic, and oil! Just mix everything in a deep pan, bring everything into a boil, and serve on top of al dente spaghetti! Throw in some cheese if you want to reward yourself a little, but avoid going for overly large servings of noodles.