The Best Volume Eating Recipes

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The best volume eating recipes for those times when you’re craving a big plate of food, but still want to stick with your health and fitness goals. 

Since I was little I’ve loved to eat. Literally my mom tells stories about how in order to feed me as a toddler my dad or sister had to hold my hands down while my mom shoveled food into my mouth as quickly as possible. If not, I would go crazy grabbing at the food or would start crying if the food wasn’t coming fast enough.

So it’s no surprise that as an adult I still love to eat. I’m okay with it because “People who love to eat are always the best people.” 🙂 Luckily over the years I’ve found ways to satisfy my love for food and desire to eat large quantities while still remaining my health. My secret? Loading up on nutrient dense foods like veggies and fruit!

You’ll notice that every one of the volume eating recipes I’m featuring here is made with REAL FOOD and has at least one fruit or vegetable in it. Fruits and veggies FTW!! Just don’t forget the protein and healthy fat because they’re the key for making a meal satisfying. Plus, they will help to keep you feeling full!

With that said, this post is for all my food-loving, volume-eating friends out there! Here are 15 recipes that you’ll love.

The BEST volume eating recipes for those times when you're craving a big plate of food, but still want to stick with your health and fitness goals.
Bowl of oatmeal with chopped bananas and drizzled peanut butter on top. Gold spoon sticking out of the oatmeal. Cutting board with chopped banana out of focus in the background.
4.34 from 165 votes

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

The ultimate healthy breakfast recipe, this peanut butter banana oatmeal is creamy, voluminous and will keep you full all morning long! Plus it only takes about 10 minutes to make and is vegan + gluten-free.
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Two glass cups with chia pudding on a table topped with fresh berries.
4.42 from 594 votes

Easy Chia Seed Pudding

This chia seed pudding recipe is the perfect breakfast or snack to meal prep for the week. It's creamy, satisfying and loaded with protein and fiber.
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Smoothie bowl topped with berries, granola and almond butter.
4.88 from 32 votes

Healthy Smoothie Bowl

How to make a healthy smoothie bowl with frozen berries, banana and lots of yummy toppings. This smoothie bowl is perfectly thick, creamy and easy to eat with a spoon. 
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Bowl of fruit salad with strawberries, clementines, kiwi, grapes, blueberries and pineapple. Fruit salad is topped with lime zest.
4.62 from 18 votes

Easy Fruit Salad

This colorful fruit salad combines ripe strawberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges with a hint of lime.
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Serving bowl of cauliflower tabbouleh with a serving spoon.
4.32 from 19 votes

Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad

Low carb and grain-free cauliflower tabbouleh. It's fresh, flavorful and perfect for picnics and parties.
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Fork on a plate of zucchini noodle alfredo.
4.48 from 17 votes

Zucchini Noodle Fettuccine

Healthy fettuccine alfredo made with zoodles instead of regular pasta noodles. It’s low carb, packed with veggies and much lighter than traditional fettuccine alfredo.
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zucchini noodle pad Thai, with edamame, topped with chopped fresh basil leaves, on a white plate. A silver fork is sitting on the plate.
4 from 12 votes

Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

Spiralized zucchini noodles in a spicy peanut sauce. It's delicious, gluten-free, vegan and much healthier than takeout!
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Plate of spaghetti squash with feta, basil and tomatoes.
4.63 from 78 votes

Low Carb Baked Feta Pasta

This baked feta pasta recipe uses creamy feta and roasted tomatoes as a delicious sauce for spaghetti squash noodles.
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A tofu cabbage noodle bowl in a bowl with chopsticks.
4.47 from 13 votes

Tofu Cabbage Noodle Bowl

Quick and easy tofu cabbage noodle bowl with lots of veggies and cabbage noodles. This meal takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. It's tasty, vegan and gluten-free!
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Crispy baked sweet potato fries on parchment paper next to a small bowl of ketchup.
4.84 from 6 votes

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Satisfy your craving for fries with healthy baked sweet potato fries that are actually crispy! Perfect for serving alongside a burger or sandwich.
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Seasoned air-fried broccoli in an air fryer basket.
3.82 from 22 votes

Air Fryer Broccoli

A simple recipe for air fryer broccoli that tastes just like oven roasted broccoli but cooks up in just 6 minutes! It's crispy, flavorful and perfect for busy weeknights when you're looking to make a healthy side dish.
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Butternut squash fries on a plate with a bowl of ketchup.
3.93 from 26 votes

Butternut Squash Fries

Looking for healthy French fries? Try these easy oil-free baked butternut squash fries with only 2 simple ingredients – butternut squash and sea salt! 
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Ice cream scooper scooping a serving of banana ice cream from a loaf pan.
4.67 from 9 votes

One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

Homemade banana ice cream made with one simple ingredient – frozen bananas! No ice cream maker needed. Just blend until creamy and serve.
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A bowl of cauliflower popcorn.
5 from 3 votes

Healthy Cauliflower Popcorn / Kettle Corn

One warning — the cauliflower pieces shrink down quite a bit. If you’re serving more than one or two people, you’ll want to make a double batch and use two baking sheets.
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Three small dishes containing protein pudding 3 ways: peanut butter, chocolate, and vanilla.
5 from 16 votes

Protein Pudding

This protein pudding uses Greek yogurt as the base and can easily be made into three different flavors – chocolate, vanilla and peanut butter. It’s thick, creamy, comes together quickly.
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A peanut butter and jelly yogurt bowl topped with crunchy cereal and fresh berries.
5 from 16 votes

PB&J Protein Yogurt Bowl

This protein yogurt bowl combines berry yogurt with PB2 and cottage cheese, served over berries with crunchy cereal on top. It's giving PB&J vibes and is packed with 40 grams of protein per serving!
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A bowl of yogurt covered with peanut butter drizzle, grain-free granola, blueberries and bananas in a gold rimmed bowl on a white wooden board. . A gold spoon in the background.
4.29 from 56 votes

Whipped Peanut Butter Yogurt Bowl

Perfect for breakfast, snacking or dessert this whipped peanut butter yogurt bowl is packed with protein and delightfully fluffy.
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Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. Thank you for showing so many ways to eat plant based and nutritional foods with recipes that sound delicious. I am new to this, and now see how to make yummy, healthy food with so much variety.
    I am grateful to have found your website, I appreciate.
    Karyn

    1. Aw, yay! I’m so glad your finding EBF useful. Thanks for such a thoughtful comment, Karyn. I appreciate it so much.

  2. I’m shocked. I did not realize that there was an actual “diet” out there called volume eating. I starting “volume eating” nearly a year ago and dropped over 90 pounds. Making meals and calories more Volume friendly is the only way to go. I eat 15+ servings Of fruit\veggies a day and always have 6-8 ounces of protein with every meal. Too it off with 4-5 liters of water daily, it’s a recipe for a healthier lifestyle!

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