This article will be showing you how to make healthy diet food recipes for weight loss. This will be a five day diet plan to lose 10 pounds in a week.
No, we aren’t going to give you a boring speech on how important it is to eat healthy. There’s nothing unique or original about that. Instead, we’re going to show you proven and tested recipes for healthy diet food that you can use to accompany your gym sessions.
For effective weight loss, dinner should be light
Low-cal meals with high nutrition value are ideal
Try these low-cal meal recipes for healthy dinner
If you are embarking on a weight loss journey, there’s one advice you must have gotten from all corners – keep the dinner light. It’s so difficult to follow this tip as we have been doing just the opposite till now. Submitting to habit, we miss breakfast, gobble up something for lunch but for dinner, we settle down with a lavish large spread and savour it with all the time in the world. To successfully achieve the goal of quick weight loss, it really is important to have pale meals at night. And, foods that are nutritious but contain low amount of calories should be placed in your diet chart. Low calorie foods help you save extra calories that your body doesn’t need. Excess calories store themselves as fats.
Why Low-Cal Foods Are Good For Dinner?
Our body clock is naturally developed in a way that it responds differently at different times in a day. Always remember that the food we eat at night metabolises at a slower rate. One good reason that corroborates this fact is that our digestion system is the weakest at night. Just like our body and mind, our digestion system is wired to get some rest at night.
Now, if you are convinced to switch to low-cal dinners, another dilemma may hit you – what should you eat? Don’t fret. We are here to help you.
1. Baked Chicken Seekh
This Mughlai low calorie meal in its baked form makes for a low-calorie but high-protein meal. The cherry on the cake is – it’s oil-free! And that’s what you exactly need to level up your weight loss regim
Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Cauliflower, known as gobhi in Hindi, is full of nutrients and contains negligible fat. Roasting will lend it a crunchy texture and smoky flavour. Make this low calorie Indian food a part of your new diet chart and you won’t miss your earlier regular meals ever.
3. Mixed Vegetable Salad
Think of fat-free and low calorie meal and salad crops up in the mind first. This salad is a melange of colours, hues, flavours and aromas. It fills up your stomach without adding extra fat.
4. Fish Curry Without Oil
Abound with good fats (read: Omega-3s) and devoid of calories, fish is an ideal option for a light and healthy, low calorie dinner. Loaded with a burst of flavours from coconut milk and tamarind, this dish is bound to bowl you over
Low-Fat Celery Soup
Celery is revered for its health-benefitting and fat-burning properties. This low calorie soup is made dense by the use of celery broth. Combined with other flavourful vegetables, this soup comes loaded with wellness.
For Italian food lovers, this is the perfect dish to satiate their cravings. This Sicilian pasta is made with healthy veggies like broccoli and will taste heavenly with no cheese or with fat-free cottage cheese.
Crunchy Vegetable Stir-Fry
Lots of veggies and lots of crunchiness – describes this healthful dish perfectly. Stir-fried with little oil and paired with herbs and spices, this low calorie Indian dish will whet your appetite like no oth
Baked Carrot Fries
These fries are just called fries and are not fried. Carrots, which are a storehouse of vital nutrients, add no fat whatsoever. In fact they help in easy digestion of foods further leading to eradicating fat from the body.
Mango Lassi Ice Cream
Dinner eventually leads up to craving for desserts. Weight loss doesn’t mean you have to kill your sweet cravings. Here’s a low-calorie, sugar-free dessert that will end up being a comforting companion in your journey.
Detox Tofu Dessert
Here’s another sweet treat to satiate your sweet tooth. This low calorie treat prepared with health-giving tofu, fruits and honey, is not only low in fat content but also flushes out toxins from the body.
Nuts are an ideal nutritious snack, providing the perfect balance of healthy fats, protein, and fiber.
Aside from being tasty, they’re linked to numerous health benefits and very filling. Studies also suggest that despite their higher calorie and fat content, eating nuts in moderation may help you lose weight
There are plenty of nuts you can choose from, including walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, and pistachios.
Because they don’t require refrigeration, they’re a great choice for snacking on the go. Be mindful of your portion size, and aim to stick to about 1 ounce or 1/4 cup.
2. Red bell pepper with guacamole
The combo of red bell peppers and guac gives you plenty of nutrients that help keep you feeling full for hours.
Although all bell peppers are nutritious, red varieties are particularly high in antioxidants. On the other hand, guacamole is a rich source of healthy fats, fiber, vitamins A, B, and C, and minerals like phosphorus and potassium).
Pairing 1 large red bell pepper with 3 ounces (85 grams) of guacamole combines the best of both foods while keeping this snack’s calorie count under 200
3. Greek yogurt and mixed berries
Plain Greek yogurt and berries make a delicious, nutrient-dense snack.
Greek yogurt is high in protein, and berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants around .
Add a mixture of differently colored berries to your yogurt to get an array of nutrients — and a mix of their sweet and tart flavors.
4. Apple slices with peanut butter
Apples and peanut butter are a match made in heaven — both nutritionally and flavor-wise.
On one hand, apples are a fiber-rich fruit. On the other hand, peanuts provide healthy fats, plant-based protein, and fiber — pretty much all of the filling nutrients you should look for in a snack
By combining apples with peanut butter, you’ll enjoy a crisp and creamy snack. Try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon for an added flavor boost.
Note that many store-bought peanut butter brands contain added sugars and oils. Check the ingredient list and choose one that only contains peanuts and salt.
5. Cottage cheese and fruit
Cottage cheese is high in filling protein, boasting 24 grams in just 1 cup
Pairing cottage cheese with fruit complements the cheese’s protein and fat content with the fruit’s fiber, resulting in a sweet, creamy, and filling snack.
The combination is exceptionally good when combining the cheese with tropical fruits such as pineapple, papaya, or watermelon.
6. Celery sticks with cream cheese
Celery sticks with cream cheese are a classic low carb snack that can help keep you feeling full.
This duo will have you enjoying a fiber-packed snack that combines a crunchy texture from the celery with creaminess from the cheese. Try celery sticks with peanut butter or almond butter for another crunchy and creamy combo.
Snacking on 5 small celery sticks with about 1 ounce (30 grams) of cream cheese provides roughly 100 calories
7. Kale chips
Kale is incredibly healthy, as it’s loaded with fiber and antioxidants like beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin
It’s also a good source of minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus. It has a lower level of oxalic acid, an anti-nutrient that impairs calcium absorption, than many other leafy greens .
Pairing kale with olive oil not only makes more delicious and crispy chips but also a more balanced and filling snack.
This easy recipe for kale chips provides about 150 calories:
- 1 cup (20 grams) of bite-sized kale leaves
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoons (1.5 grams) of salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place kale pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10–15 minutes, until crispy and starting to slightly brown. Watch them closely, as they can easily burn.
8. Dark chocolate and almonds
Dark chocolate and almonds are a fantastic pair. The rich chocolate flavor paired with the crunchy nuts is a powerful flavor and health duo.
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, and almonds are a rich source of healthy fats
The two make a great combo for a heart-healthy, satisfying, and portable snack. Try a couple of teaspoons of dark chocolate chips or a square of dark chocolate with a handful of nuts.
9. Cucumber slices with hummus
Cucumber’s fresh flavor and crunchy texture go very well with the rich creaminess of hummus.
Hummus is typically made from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and garlic. Thus, it provides a mix of plant-based protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats
Enjoying 1 cup (104 grams) of sliced cucumbers dipped in 2 tablespoons (34 grams) of hummus will help keep you full for under 100 calories .
You can also pair them with some whole grain crackers or pretzel sticks for a heartier snack.
10. A piece of fruit
Healthy snacks don’t need to be complicated. Just a single piece of fruit can be incredibly satisfying.
Portable, easy-to-eat fruits include bananas, apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit, and oranges.
Fruit contains fiber and minerals and makes a great small snack. To make it more satisfying, pair your fruit with nuts or yogurt.
Pear slices and ricotta cheese make a satisfying snack with a sweet taste and creamy texture, and it provides fiber and protein
22. Homemade trail mix
Make a trail mix by combining dried fruit and nuts for fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Choose fruits without added sugar and get creative with flavors. Try dried mango with cashews, dried apples with almonds, and dried cherries with peanuts.
While homemade trail mix is perfect for on-the-go snacking, stick to a modest portion size, as dried fruit and nuts are calorie-dense.
23. Turkey roll-ups
Turkey roll-ups are delicious and nutritious.
Turkey contains high quality protein, which helps you feel satisfied and is linked to beneficial effects on weight management
Try rolling up a slice of turkey with a slice of cheese and some vegetables for added crunch and nutrients.
24. Olives with feta cheese
Olives are one of the nutritious staples of the Mediterranean diet.
They’re very high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and provide powerful antioxidants
Combine olives with feta cheese for a Greek-inspired snack that’s rich in protein and healthy fats. You could eat them by themselves or serve them over whole wheat bread to complete your snack with some complex carbs.
Avocados are among the most nutritious and satisfying foods due to their high fat and fiber content
Sprinkle half of a medium avocado with salt and a dash of cayenne pepper for a savory, filling snack under 120 calories
But think air-popped popcorn — not the movie-theater kind doused in butter and salt.
Popcorn delivers filling fiber and less than 100 calories in a generous 3-cup serving
Add flavor with a little bit of olive oil, Parmesan cheese, or nutritional yeast.