Top 5 Easy Recipes For Weight Loss
Losing weight revolves around exercise and proper eating habits. If you are looking to lose weight effectively you must understand where to lay more emphasis.
Let’s think of it this way, at one point in life you were healthy, sure? And at the moment you are struggling with weight, did you gain the weight as a result of poor dieting or failure to exercise? Sounds weird? Poor dieting is one of the major reasons most people are gaining weight and unless you change your lifestyle and embrace good eating habits there is no way you will lose that weight.
Do not get me wrong, exercise is also important but first, you must change your kitchen habits. If you get it right with your meals it will be easy to lose weight by incorporating light exercises into your plan.
Working out the best recipes for a good weight loss plan is not an easy process. And for this reason, we have prepared these five recipes to help you as you fight to lose excess weight.
Green Tea Smoothies
Green tea contains a metabolism-boosting extract known as EGCG. This compound makes green tea one of the best fat-burning foods. Studies have shown that taking 4 cups of green tea daily can help you lose about 6 pounds of weight in just 8 weeks. Green tea also contains caffeine and catechin (an antioxidant) these components stimulates the nervous system to initiate the fat-burning process.
If you are bored by the hot green tea let me introduce you to green tea smoothies. This is more satisfying because it’s spiced up with lemon, agave nectar, and cayenne. The smoothies are similar to green tea in terms of the nutritional benefits they provide.
Time: 40 minutes | servings: 2 cups
2 bags of green tea
6 oz. water
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. agave nectar
1 small pear, sliced into pieces
2 tsp. plain yogurt, fat-free
6 ice cub
- Boil the water and put the green tea bags to make strong green tea, refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Mix all the other ingredients in a blender and the green tea. Blend until they combine perfectly.
+ Low calories
+ Low fat
+ Low cholesterol
+ Low saturated fat
Almond Butter Toast With Banana [Breakfast]
Losing weight is made simpler by this easy breakfast recipe. The recipe gives you a nutrition wallop and helps you to reach your resistant starch goal for the day. The butter contains metabolism-boosting MUFAs, healthy monosaturated fats, and hunger-curbing nutrients. With 280 calories per slice, you will until lunch time, thereby avoiding unhealthy eating habits.
Time: 5 minutes | servings 1
1 tsp. almond butter
1 banana, thinly sliced
1 slice toasted rye bread
Spread the butter on the rye bread toast and top with the banana slices.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
+ Calories: 280
+ Fat: 11g
+ Proteins: 6g
+ Carbohydrates: 44g
+ Saturated fat: 1g
+ Monosaturated fat: 7g
+ Polysaturated fat: 2.5g
+ Cholesterol: 0mg
+ Fiber: 5g
+ Sodium: 260mg
Salmon Noodles [Meal]
This is one of the best metabolism boosting recipes. It is made with numerous metabolism-boosting ingredients and the best thing is that its offers a high nutritional value. Avocado and salmon are high in heavy fats while the veggies and noodles contain high fiber content. The asparagus is the giant here as it provides a number of essential minerals and vitamins that are vital for weight loss tips
Time: 30minutes | servings: 3
4oz buckwheat noodles
5oz asparagus, sliced into thirds
1 salmon fillet, skinned, sliced into 8 pieces
1 tsp. sesame oil, toasted
3 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. fresh pepper, ground
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 Medium-sized avocado
4 cucumber, cut into pieces
- Boil the noodles in water for 6 minutes or until they are soft. Transfer them to a strainer. Cook the asparagus in the boiling water for 2 minutes and rinse them under cold water.
- Coat a skillet with cooking spray and place it over medium-high heat. Cook the salmon piece, 3 minutes per side until they are cooked through.
- In a serving bowl, mix all the other ingredients (except avocado and cucumber) with asparagus and noodles.
- Combine with the cucumber and avocado, add the salmon just before serving.
- You can serve your meal warm, or refrigerate in an airtight container for 4 hours before serving.
Meatless Middle Eastern Rice
This is one of the best side dishes that can help you lose weight effectively. The meal is made with nutritious ingredients, the chickpeas in this dish are very effective in burning fat and pack about 4g of resistant starch. The dates contain appetite-suppressing fiber while the brown rice used is another good source of resistant fiber.
Time: 30 minutes | servings: 4
1/2 Sweet onion (Vidalia), thinly sliced2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. cumin, ground1(16 Oz) can chickpeas, drained
1/4 tsp. salt1 Black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
Hint: The best way to get the most delicious Middle Eastern rice here is to use the stove top cookware.
- Add olive oil to a large pan and place on your stove top, set at medium-high heat. Add the onion slices and cook, keep stirring until they begin to brown. Remove from the stove top and stir in cumin, chickpeas, and salt. Add the black pepper to taste.
- In a large bowl, combine the mixture with rice, parsley, mint, and dates. Toss them well until they combine perfectly. Serve warm.
Calories: 380 Fat: 9g
Saturated fat: 1g
Monosaturated fat: 5.5g
Polysaturated fat: 1g
Resistant starch: 4.1g
Creamy Avocado Endive Cups
Killing hunger pangs is one way of helping the body to shed weight naturally. These creamy avocado bites will quell all you mid-afternoon hunger pangs and supplies only 30 calories per bite. This is because avocado is a fruit rich in oleic acid which is known to be a perfect hunger-suppressing compound. This acid also sparks the production of oleoylethanolamide in the small intestine, thereby giving the brain fullness signs.
Time: 5 minutes | servings: 12 endive cups
1 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. plain yoghurt
1/4 tsp. cumin, ground
1 tsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
12 endive leaves
- Mash the avocado and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl combine all the other ingredients except the (endive leaves), add the mashed avocado and stir until they combine perfectly.
- Spoon equal portions of the mixture in each of the 12 endive leaves.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
+ Calories: 90
+ Fat: 9g
Incase you are running out of cumin, don’t fret, there are a lot of cumin substitute
All these recipes are easy to prepare but the benefits you will derive from them are enormous. As mention earlier, if you want to lose weight effectively, you must start by incorporating good eating habits into your lifestyle. These recipes present a quick and easy way to get started.
Kanisha is a self-taught chef, writer, and founder of FortunateKitchen blog. This blog was launched with a goal to educate readers on recipe and kitchen techniques by providing tips on food related basics. Her mission is growing to fruition because of continued devotion in blogging about food preparation and ways of making exquisite dishes. It’s never easy considering she has to balance her duties as a blogger and the hectic life of being a mom. But because of her passion and curiosity for food blogging, she has managed to stay buoyant in the upper echelon of food bloggers.