Weight loss is 80 percent diet and only 20 percent exercise- Although the actual numbers may be up for debate, when it comes to weight loss diet is the most important factor, no debate there. After all, abs are made in the kitchen!
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Ever heard the saying: “you can’t outrun a bad diet”? Truer words have never been spoken. Exercise is great for building muscle and burning fat, but if you are not eating clean, then you are essentially working against yourself.
The weight loss journey can be a bit difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Own your diet with these 15 weight loss recipes, packed with clean and healthy ingredients.
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Zucchini Carrot Soup
If you worry that weight loss means changing your diet and giving up the flavorful foods you love, think again! This full-flavored recipe defies your expectations.
Lentil, Red Rice & Arugula Salad
This recipe is perfect for filling you up with healthy goodness and curbing your cravings to keep you on track- thanks to it’s fiber and satisfying flavor- you’ll feel good because you’re eating healthy and your taste buds will be happy with the full flavor. Eating healthy has never been so satisfying.
Sprouted Green Gram Sundal
Rich in fiber and protein and easy to digest, here is a healthy, and intriguing dish to add to your healthy recipe arsenal.
Quick Chicken Veggie Noodles
Best known as a way to fight off the cold during the winter months Chicken Noodle Soup is so much more. This isn’t your mother’s chicken noodle soup- this one is packed with big bites of tender veggies and flavorful sauce. A healthy and hearty meal prep will keep you feeling good and going strong.
5-minute Italian Butterbean Salad
Cucumbers, garlic and olives, oh my! When these flavors get together, magic happens. Magic, I tell you! It’s a pretty, tangy dish that will invigorate your taste buds with each bite.
Cut the carbs with this tasty dish of seafood heaven! Although the idea of steamed food make seem boring, this recipe is anything but! The tender, flaky fish will have you in raptures- it’s easy enough to make on a weeknight, but fancy enough for company and infinitely customize-able.
Tropical Fruit & Homemade Coconut Cream
Fresh fruit is always a great idea- it’s the ultimate in clean eating, and a great way to boost your nutrient intake. Try this recipe for nature’s candy with homemade coconut cream and don’t say we didn’t warn you, it may become your favorite go-to. Cool bonus- the fat in coconut helps your body absorb some of the vitamins in the fruit.
Low Carb flaxseed Cinnamon Porridge
Perhaps this was the porridge that kept Goldilocks in the home of the three little bears home for so long! Taste it for yourself and see if you agree.
Classic Hummus Recipe
Keeping a classic hummus recipe in your stash is always a great idea. It’s equally great for those times when you have unexpected company or when you need a quick lunch, it makes a great dip for veggies, spread for toast, and topping for salads.
Grilled Shrimp Brown Rice Combo
Shrimp has a sweet flavor and it cooks in the blink of an eye, is a great source of many nutrients, plus it takes on the flavor of a dish with aplomb. This recipe pairs the protein of shrimp and the fiber and whole grain goodness of brown rice for a hearty, filling and deliciously extravagant tasting meal. This one is also a great one for meal prepping.
Weight loss Vegetable Soup
A good veggie soup recipe always comes in handy on a night that calls for the warming goodness of comfort food. Low in calories and sans the bloat, this recipe gives you all of the above plus a hefty dose of vitamins, minerals and veggies.
Super Easy Chocolate Protein Balls
Adequate protein helps to fill you up and keep you full while preventing too much muscle loss during weight loss. This recipe is decadent and guilt free with the protein you need and that chocolatey flavor you’re craving!
Tex Mex Beans and Rice
Who can resist a good Tex Mex meal? No one! Packed with fiber (thanks to the beans, corn and veggies) this vegetarian recipe is good for your heart, waistline and your tastebuds. Plus it keeps like a champ, making it ideal for meal prepping for your weight loss.
The Kollu bean, also known as Horse Gram, is rich in calcium, protein, iron and the all important fiber. Learn all about it and enjoy this South Indian recipe as part of your weekly meal prep.
Spinach Salad with Warm Citrus Vinaigrette
Popeye let us know years ago that spinach was the key to muscle gain and, guess what, he wasn’t wrong! Make Popeye and your mom proud with this recipe that packs plenty of this uber healthy leafy green.