6 Easy Recipes to Help You Lose Weight

After a long, hard day of work, it can feel nearly impossible to come home and cook an actual meal.   

It’s way easier to pick up something quick and easy on the way home or resort to the readily available microwavable meal.

You justify not making a nutritious home cooked meal because you’ll get on track tomorrow, right?

Well, if you are trying to improve your overall health – and especially if you are trying to lose weight – making compromises and sacrifices on your food choices is not an option!

In fact, experts are pretty much in agreement that diet is the most important factor in losing weight – even more important than exercise!

But, who wants to eat tasteless diet food? Who has time to devote hours to the kitchen to make sure they’re eating right? No one!

Australians are busy! And with the rise of obesity throughout the country, it has never been more important to get in the habit of squeezing easy-to-make, delicious, and healthy meals into your diet!

Ready to get started? Try these easy recipes that are sure to help you lose weight while also keeping you satisfied. 

Breakfast

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It fuels your body, mind and keeps you motivated. Easting a good, healthy breakfast also creates a strong foundation for the rest of your day.

The problem is finding the time to make and eat breakfast before you have to run out of the house to begin your morning commute.

Here are two low-labour breakfast recipes that you can even make ahead of time!

Berry Yogurt Smoothie

This delicious smoothie is packed with protein, fibre, and vitamins to help keep you fuller and more energised throughout the day. It’s fast and easy to make, with only five ingredients. Plus, it’s gluten-free!

Prep Time: 5 mins   

Total Time: 5 mins

Servings: 2

Ingredients

¾ cup fresh blueberries

¾ cup fresh blackberries

5.3 ounce package plain Greek yogurt

1 cup vanilla soymilk

1 whole banana

Instructions

1)   Add all of the ingredients to a blender.

2)   Pulse for 30 seconds.

3)   Stir.

4)   Pulse for 30 more seconds.

5)   Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

  •      Make-ahead Hack

Instead of pouring the blended smoothie into glasses, pour equal portions into a cupcake or muffin pan (silicone pans work best). Put it into the freezer for a few hours. After the contents are solid, pop out the smoothie cups and store them in a freezer safe bag. You can freeze these smoothie cups for up to a month.

When you are ready to drink them, just put a couple of smoothie cups into the blender and add a little more soy milk. Voila!

Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

What is a better compliment to breakfast than fruit!? It’s refreshing, slightly sweet, filling, and full of antioxidants. Add that with protein rich quinoa and you have a breakfast win!

Prep Time:  20 mins Total Time: 20 mins

Servings:  4-6

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1 ½ cup strawberries, sliced

1 cup blackberries

1 cup blueberries

1 mango, diced

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon chopped basic for garnish

Instructions

1)   Prepare the quinoa according to the package.

2)   Let the quinoa cool to room temperature.

3)   In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, strawberries, blueberries, and mango.

4)   To make the glaze: In a small bowl, combine the honey and lime juice.

5)   Drizzle the glaze over the fruit salad and toss to coat.

6)   Garnish with fresh basil.

  •      Make-ahead Hack

You can prepare the quinoa up to a week ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. When you are ready, combine your fruits with the already made quinoa for a delicious fruit salad that takes less than five minutes!

Lunch

While at work, it’s too easy to head to the nearest cafe or takeaway shop come midday. But resist! A healthy lunch that promotes weight loss should contain lots of proteins and vegetables.  Try one of these easy, but healthy lunch recipes instead.

Turkey Wrap

Turkey is a great lunch choice because it is delicious and is a great source of lean protein. This wrap combines that with the goodness of hummus and spinach! Bye-bye fast food burger!

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 whole-wheat wrap

3 slices deli turkey

2 tablespoons hummus

1 tablespoon goat cheese

1 handful baby spinach

Instructions

1)   Slather the hummus and goat cheese onto the whole-wheat wrap.

2)   Place the turkey slices on top of the whole-wheat wrap.

3)   Place the baby spinach on top of the turkey.

4)   Roll burrito style and eat immediately.

Grilled Chicken and Cheese Sandwich

Looking for something hardy, but still low calorie and healthy? Try this sandwich! It’s only 395 calories, is simply to make, and has all the flavour profiles of your favourite fast food chicken sandwich.

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time:  5 mins

Servings 1

Ingredients

2 slices wholemeal bread

½ rotisserie chicken breast

1 slice Swiss cheese

2 teaspoons low-fat mayo

2 slices tomato

1 leaf butter lettuce

Instructions

1)   Slather the mayo onto both pieces of the bread.

2)   Place the cheese onto the mayo side of one piece of the bread.

3)   Place the lettuce on the cheese.

4)   Place the tomato on the lettuce.

5)   Arrange the chicken breast on the lettuce.

6)   Top the chicken with the other piece of bread (ensuring the mayo side touches the chicken, of course).

7)   Enjoy immediately.

Dinner

I know it’s easy to take the cheat way out for dinner, but don’t give in! Dinner is the last meal before you lay down for the night. Make sure you not packing in a bunch of unnecessary calories while you sleep.

Try one of these deliciously healthy dinner recipes that can be completed in less than a half hour.

Fresh Corn and Tomato Fettuccine Recipe

This vegetarian dinner option is full of flavour! And depending on the size of your family, you might have some leftover for the next day’s lunch, as this dish is also great cold!

Prep time: 10 minutes    

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked whole-wheat fettuccine

2 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 tablespoons olive oil (separate from the 2 teaspoons)

½ cup chopped sweet red pepper

4 green onions, chopped

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 cup crumbled feta

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

Instructions

1)   In a Dutch oven, cook the fettuccine according to the package instructions, adding the corn for the last 8 minutes of cooking.

2)   Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.

3)   Add the red pepper and green onions to the oil.

4)   Cook the pepper and onion until tender.

5)   Drain the pasta and corn.

6)   Remove the corn and set it aside.

7)   Transfer the pasta to a large bowl.

8)   Let the corn cool slightly before cutting it from the cob.

9)   Add the corn back to the pasta.

10) Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, remaining oil, and the pepper mixture to the pasta.

11) Toss the pasta to combine ingredients.

12) Sprinkle the pasta with the cheese and parsley.

13) Serve immediately.

Spinach Quesadillas Recipe

These quesadillas are full of the ooey gooey goodness of cheese and the vitamin-rich nutritiousness of spinach. They are a fun way to end the night and reward yourself for a day of good eating!

Prep time: 5 minutes       

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

3 ounces fresh baby spinach

4 green onions, chopped

1 small tomato, chopped

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese

¼ cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese

6 flour tortillas (6 inches)

Instructions

1)   In a large nonstick skillet, cook and stir the first six ingredients until the spinach is wilted.

2)   Remove the mixture from the heat.

3)   Stir in the cheeses.

4)   Top half of each tortilla with the spinach mixture.

5)   Fold the other half over the filling.

6)   Place the quesadilla on a griddle coated with cooking spray.

7)   Cook the quesadilla over medium heat until it is golden brown.

8)   Cut the quesadillas in half and serve.

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