Trying to lose weight could prove to be an enormous challenge, especially if one is pressed for time as most of us usually are. School, kids, work at the office, it’s almost 24 hours of constant movement to and from. Having access to simple meal plans that help you improve your diet could prove to be a godsend for most of us.

As important as exercise and training are to the process of losing weight, it’s without question that diet is the most important element. Ever heard the phrase, ‘we become what we eat’? What you put into the body fuels the organisms to function either efficiently or inefficiently, that’s why funnelling healthy food into your body works wonders for shedding those unnecessary pounds. As noted by the Harvard School of Public Health1, when it comes to diet, consider the quality and not the quantity. Eating quality food matters much more than reducing calorie intake.

High-quality foods include unrefined foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains etc. On the other hand, low-quality foods include highly processed snacks, refined sugar like that found in sodas and so forth. Staying away from those low-quality foods are one of the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.

Healthy recipes I can make myself

The best way to make sure that you’re getting all the nutrients that you need and that you’re doing things the right way is to do it the old fashion way – DO IT YOURSELF!? Learning to cook may prove a challenge to many, but these simple recipes have made it so much easier.

So what are some of the healthy recipes that I can make myself? Some of the healthiest dishes are the simplest you’ll ever find. Salads, for example, are easy to make and fruits and vegetables are even easier to get your hands on.

Here are 5 simple salads, guaranteed to make your taste buds water and those pounds drop off with ease:

Watermelon – Feta salad

Known to naturally contain substantial liquid and to provide hydration, watermelon is a favourite among dieters.

Add:

  • watermelon cubes/slices
  • red onion slices
  • crumbled feta
  • *fresh oregano
  • vegetable arugula

Tomato Peach Salad

This may appear to be an odd combination, but it’s certainly worth the try if you’re up for something new.

Add:

  • Tomato and peach slices
  • Apply just a tad of cider vinegar and olive oil – it adds flavour
  • Season well with sugar salt, and pepper

Spicy Carrot Salad

Unique in the way it’s made, spicy carrot salad is one of those concoctions meant to mix up the monotony of one’s meals when dieting. To make, follow the following instructions:

Add:

  • Microwave grated carrots and minced garlic in 1/4 cup water until crisp-tender.
  • Add lemon juice
  • Add olive oil
  • Add some red pepper flakes (to add that spicy flavour)

Chicken-Mango salad

This is guaranteed to become one of your favourite salads. Not only does it provide the necessary protein (especially if using white meat – lean protein), you get all the nutrients available in this quintessentially tropical fruit called mango.

Add:

  • 1 tablespoon of honey and lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 bowl of diced mango
  • some grated ginger

Ambrosia Salad

– **Just a fancy way of saying a traditional fruit salad with a bit more sizzle inside**.

Add:

  • A bit of coconut milk
  • Orange zest (the outer part of the orange/skin of the orange grated)
  • Sliced grapes, apples, pineapples, tangerines (as many quantities as you desire)
  • A handful of walnuts

Is healthy eating enough?

Understanding your present state and establishing the goals you would like to accomplish ought to be high priority when engaging in any kind of weight loss program. A combination of healthy eating and regular exercise could work wonders in reaching your goals. In some cases, diet pills may also prove useful in achieving the weight loss goals that you’ve set for yourself.

There are a host of other recipes that may prove to be interesting. The 2 provides a host of other low-calorie, healthy, and easy to make recipes that could be incorporated into meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Check out our weight loss calculator to find out the calorie intake that’s ideal for your weight and begin framing a plan that’s best for you.

References:

  1. The Best Diet: Quality Counts – Harvard School of Public Health
  2. Healthy Recipes – NHS

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