Weight loss is one of the hardest things we would embark in our lives – maintaining the ideal weight even more so. But there are a few hacks and tricks we can do to help us in our quest for losing weight. Here, we share our favorites. Our secret is eating lots of protein, filling up with fiber, and opting for healthy carbohydrates – all of these boost our metabolism and keep us full all day without the cravings.
If you are still learning how to work the calorie-count watch in your daily meals, you can start with our quick and easy recipes. We make sure that we try to include weight-loss friendly superfoods, and, the best part, they are all easy to make.
Broccoli & Ricotta Omelet with Toast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (1 omelet and 2 pieces toast)
Cooking spray / olive oil (whatever you prefer)
1 cup chopped broccoli
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
2 slices bread, toasted (rye, gluten-free, wholegrain) choose whatever you prefer
Put skillet on medium-low heat. Coat pan with cooking spray or your favorite olive oil. Add broccoli, and cook for 3 minutes.
In a bowl combine egg, ricotta, and dill.
Add egg mixture to pan.
Cook 3 to 4 minutes; flip omelet and cook 2 minutes or until cooked through.
Put cooked eggs on your serving platter.
Take the two pieces of bread and heat both sides on the skillet.
Serve with toast.
Banana with Honey Grapefruit
Dessert doesn’t have to be unhealthy. This simple fruit dessert will address your sweet cravings in a much healthier way, helping you slim down.
2 cups fresh grapefruit, diced. (You may use a 24-ounce jar of grapefruit if you don’t have fresh ones)
1 sliced banana (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint
1 tablespoon honey
½ of a whole lemon (optional)
Peel and cut the fresh grapefruit into small pieces.
If you are using canned ones, drain grapefruit sections. (Reserve ¼ cup of the juice)
Combine the sliced bananas, the grapefruit and its juice (squeeze half a lemon for fresh grapefruit), and toss in a bowl together with the fresh mint.
Toss gently to coat.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill or you may eat it immediately.
Breakfast Oatmeal with Banana & Sunflower Seeds
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup steel-cut oatmeal
1 whole sliced banana
1 tablespoon unsalted sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon honey or agave
1. Combine 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup steel-cut oatmeal in a small microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on HIGH 6 minutes.
(You can cook the oats on your stovetop too)
2. Take out of microwave and stir. Let stand for 2 minutes.
3. Top cooked oatmeal with banana slices, sunflower seeds, and honey. Mix. Enjoy!
Yogurt Fruit Parfait
3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt (you can use Greek yogurt too)
1/3 cup sliced peaches
1/3 cup sliced oranges
1/3 cup sliced apples
3/4 cup puffed rice cereal (learn to make your own puffed rice here) https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-puff-brown-rice-at-home/
2 tablespoons walnuts and almonds, toasted and chopped
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey
In a tall 4-cup container or jar (glass is preferred) layer half of the yogurt, fruit, cereal, nuts, flaxseed, and syrup.
Repeat this process forming sections with rest of the ingredients.
Top your tower creation with your choice of maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey.
Refrigerate overnight. Serve.
Lentil Sunflower Spread
2 cups cooked lentils or 1 (15-ounce) can lentils, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1 celery stalk, finely diced
1 scallion, finely diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 pita breads, halved
1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves (optional)
1. Combine lentils, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a blender; process until smooth.
2. Stir in sunflower seeds, celery, scallions, parsley, and mint.
3. Microwave pita bread at HIGH for 1 minute. Serve with spread.