Hello, hello, hello! You should pin this (please?) New Year’s is right around the bend and for many of us, that means weight loss goals. Losing weight is pretty tricky and extreme diets don’t work in the long-term, so the focus should be on gradual weight loss by eating healthy. I wanted to start you off with a list of healthy (and tasty) meals to help you reach your goals this year.
First Things First
- Some of these meals are light, some of them are heavy. Obviously incorporating a light meal into your day is going to work better than 3 heavy meals
- When we’ve worked all day and don’t feel like preparing a meal, that’s when we fall into the habit of getting fast food. My tip: Prepare large batches of your favorite healthy meal one day and freeze them to eat throughout the week.
- I didn’t include beverages in this, but one tip that helped me lose weight: cut out all your non-water beverages except for one per day. This means for me having something like coffee or iced tea at one meal and then water the rest of the day.
- Yes, working out helps with losing weight
- Nope, not going to lose weight super fast. Ever heard the saying “easy come, easy go”? If your weight is going to stay off for the rest of your life, it means that you’re going to have to stick to these lifestyle changes for the rest of your life. Making a lifestyle change is not the fastest thing you can do to lose weight, but it has the best long-term results
- Nope, not a nutritionist. But I see quite a lot of diets online that no one could stick to for long so I thought I’d share some healthy favorites
- And hey, you’re more beautiful than you even know!
- Spinach Omelet: 2 eggs, 2-3 spoonfuls of spinach, 1 slice American cheese, dash of pepper
- Blueberry Banana Smoothie: half cup crushed ice, splash of iced green tea with honey (for sweetening), 1 banana, 2 handfuls of blueberries
- Grapefruit: well there’s no use describing this one more in depth
- Veggie Sausages: I promise you, these are tasty and if you get the ones from Morning Star, only 40 calories a link
- Greek Yogurt: I like to get plain Greek Yogurt and top with my own walnuts and fruit (bananas=yum!)
Lunch and Dinner
- Lentil Soup: You can make this by hand or buy it canned, but if you buy it canned, be sure to check the sodium level!
- Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato Sandwich: Yes, this is just what it sounds like! You can add a slice of cheese for more flavor. Make on any bread you want
- Black Bean Burrito: There are so many variations on this, that I’d feel bad just putting one recipe in. Search the web for recipes that sound good to you and make on whole wheat tortillas.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly: Because you have to have one easy meal and this isn’t all that bad for you, especially if you use organic peanut butter and whole wheat bread
- Hand Mashed Potatoes: Starch gets a bad rap, but making homemade mashed potatoes from scratch is way healthier than making them from the box
- Quiche: For your eating pleasure, here are 10 recipes for quiche under 300 calories
- Chicken Olive Saute: Recipe here
- Vegan Chili: Recipe here
- 1 oz Dark Chocolate
- 1 oz Walnuts
- 1 Apple (Sliced) with Peanut Butter
- Celery with Peanut Butter
- 1 Cup of Grapes and Low-Fat String Cheese
- Kale Chips and Guac
So there you have it! My favorite healthy options so you don’t have to try any crazy diets you won’t stick to. Have any healthy recipes you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!
Oh hey, look. This post is so pin-able, and tweet-able, and instram-able. Now if only there were buttons on this post that would let me share it one of those ways. Oh wait…