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Published on April 24, 2020

15 Healthy Recipes for Dinner (For Fast Weight Loss)

15 Healthy Recipes for Dinner (For Fast Weight Loss)

Have you ever been frustrated because you just cannot lose weight no matter what you do?

It can be the most frustrating feeling when you want nothing more than to lose weight, yet you always find yourself bingeing on late night dinners. If you can relate to this, know that I understand where you are coming from. Honestly, it is hard to switch from eating pizza at dinner to salad every night.

People are both habitual and emotional by nature. If we try to do too much at once, we set ourselves up for failure.

That is why I believe in finding foods that bring comfort while creating a calorie deficit. You do not need to give up your favorite foods to lose weight. You just have to make the right switches to help you reach your goals.

To do this, we first need to take a look at what foods you currently like.

Do you like pizza? Great! Let us swap some of those carbs for some nutrient-dense but low-calorie options.

Do you love a good Chinese dinner? No problem! Swap that out for some Thai alternatives, and you will get the same taste with a nutrient boost to go with it.

No matter what your taste preferences, I have you covered. Try out some of these delicious but healthy recipes for dinner to save calories on your favorite meals.

1. Collard Wraps

    Collard wraps are one of the best ways to lose weight while saving a ton of calories. Just imagine any type of wrap you enjoy but with a 0-calorie tortilla.

    They are delicious, and they leave you feeling light and fresh in a way that is hard to get with most meals. This makes it one of the best healthy recipes for dinner.

    Learn how to make your own wrap with this guide.

    2. Portobello Pizza

      Are you craving pizza but do not want the calories? This recipe has you covered.

      Not only is it ridiculously easy, but it will conquer your cravings with that delicious home flavor you crave.

      You do not like portobello? No worries! There are plenty of other recipes you can make, such as toast, cauliflower, or veggies as a base instead. The options are endless when you go digging.

      Check out this guide on how to make one.

      3. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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        I can hear you over the screen now: “Wait! Does that mean I don’t have to give up my Chinese takeout to lose weight?!”

        Exactly! Except that you will be ordering takeout from your own kitchen in this case.

        Spaghetti squash is an amazing substitute for carb-dense noodles. In other words, you can eat more until you are full without having to worry about overeating.

        It is one of the best ways to fill up on nutrients without going overboard. This is definitely one you will want to save.

        Check out the recipe here.

        4. Cauliflower Mac-N’-Cheese

          Are you craving a good mac and cheese? This recipe takes it to another level by making it both low-carb and vegan.

          Yes, you read that right. This recipe is a keeper no matter what type of diet you might be on. Try adding it in when you get a cheesy craving and see if it takes care of that for you.

          You can make one using this guide.

          5. Sweet Potato Spaghetti

            Of course, we have all had the classic spaghetti squash spaghetti (which, by the way, is a staple for me). However, sometimes it is easy to feel like you need a switch. This sweet potato spaghetti satisfies just that.

            I absolutely love the savory taste of sweet potato and the feeling you get where you just finished eating a huge meal.

            Sweet potato is relatively low-glycemic compared to noodles, meaning it keeps you fuller longer and does not spike your blood sugar. In other words, you will stay satisfied until it is time for bedtime – something I think we can all agree we need.

            Learn how to make one using this guide.

            6. Crockpot Cauliflower Fried Rice

              Sometimes, it is those sneaky grains that can quickly add up in unwanted calories.

              Want to know an easy fix? Trade some of those grains out for low-calorie substitutes!

              Do not get me wrong, grains are not bad at all. However, if you are looking to fill up to the brim while keeping things low calories, subbing grains for vegetables is an excellent way to do that.

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              Check out the recipe here.

              7. Pizza Stuffed Peppers

                Another pizza option!? I know you are getting excited! Stuffed peppers make for an excellent pizza base because they add in an extra boost of flavor.

                Let us be real, half the battle in weight loss is an emotional one. We have an emotional attachment to food. But sometimes, all you need to overcome this is a little taste of home (the healthier version, of course).

                Use this guide to help you make your own.

                8. Black Bean Burritos

                  If you are a fan of a good burrito, then worry no more. This black bean burrito is extremely satiating and delicious.

                  Beans are a great source of fiber, which means that they will keep you feeling fuller for longer without being very calorie-dense.

                  On top of that, they tend to mirror the tastes of some of our favorite comfort foods. This keeps you both psychologically and physically healthy when you are trying to cut.

                  If you need help making one, check out this guide.

                  9. Chipotle Bowls

                    Who does not love a good Chipotle bowl?

                    Choosing the best healthy recipes for dinner involves some flexibility. For this meal, I personally have tried swapping out the rice with cauliflower rice (for those of you who are going low-carb).

                    This meal has a great blend of healthy fats, carbs, and protein that make it a very balanced option.

                    (P.S. Does anyone else ever pronounce it Chip-Pot-el)?

                    Check out the recipe here.

                    10. Sushi Bowls

                      Have you ever had a sushi bowl? If not, definitely try one soon!

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                      I am writing this from So-Cal where they are almost a staple. It is easy to make sushi. Just throw all the ingredients into a bowl and savor the flavor.

                      The cool thing about this bowl is that you (again) have the option to use either cauliflower rice or brown rice.

                      When it is extremely late at night, some people find that the extra blood sugar from carbs can make it hard to sleep. For this reason, low-carb options make a great dinner.

                      Learn how to make one with this guide.

                      11. Bliss Bowl

                        How do I describe a Bliss Bowl to you? Imagine everything deliciously healthy and nutritious mixed into one bowl. Eating a Bliss Bowl is like eating a salad but with more flavor and the same health benefits.

                        Eating healthy foods does not need to be boring, and this bowl is one of the flavorful yet healthy recipes for dinner you can find.

                        Visit this site for a step by step guide on making your own bowl.

                        12. Protein-Style Burger

                          Healthy recipes for dinner do not have to be restrictive. You cannot stand going without your burger? Thankfully, you do not have to. By simply substituting lettuce for the buns, you can have your burger and eat it too.

                          This specific burger is made perfectly juicy with special sauce to give you just that perfect burger joint taste. Making this allows you to savor that burger taste without sacrificing your health.

                          Check out the recipe here.

                          13. Zucchini Roll-Ups

                            If you have any Italian blood in you, I am sure you are craving a bit of pasta right about now. Thankfully, low-carb diets and pasta can still go hand in hand.

                            This zucchini Roll-up is a lasagna based dish that is perfect for people on Keto. The lack of pasta makes it way easier to cut body fat while still enjoying the dishes you crave. Just make sure to take it easy on the cheese if you are not on Keto and looking to cut quickly.

                            Check this out to learn how you can make your own Zucchini Roll-Ups.

                            14. Spaghetti Squash Boats

                              These delicious boats are stuffed with mouth-watering goodness that gives you that delicious, satisfying pasta taste. But unlike regular pasta, this amazing dish will not leave you feeling heavy afterward.

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                              Think alfredo pasta but without all the gunk. With this delicious and healthy pasta recipe, you are in for a real treat.

                              Learn how to make one by checking out this guide.

                              15. Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

                                Last but not least is our peanut zoodle dish. I will admit that I am a little selfish for posting this one. I just LOVE a good peanut sauce, and this one fits the bill.

                                In case you have not yet tried a dish like this, try picturing a satisfyingly-creamy pad thai. Of course, this one uses veggie noodles as a base, so you can feel fresh and light as you hit the pillow.

                                Learn to make this flavorful, health pasta by checking out this guide.

                                Bonus Advice

                                1. Keep Your Blood Sugar Balanced

                                If you are wondering why swapping some noodles and rice could benefit weight loss more, it is because of blood-sugar balance.

                                The more stabilized your blood sugar is, the more your body will be able to burn fat.[1] That is why it is essential to load your body with healthy carbs, fats, and proteins that will keep your blood sugar stable.

                                2. Commit to One

                                With so many diets out there, it can be tempting to bounce from one plan to the next. However, I find that balance is the absolute best way to go.

                                But if you really are set on doing a specific diet, then stick to it. Diets like Keto, Atkins, and Paleo can become ineffective if you mix them with the other types of diet.

                                3. Recognize What Your Cravings Are Telling You

                                Having a craving? Are you craving a particular food that a low-calorie version just will not take care of?

                                Then just have a bite or two. It is far better to indulge in a bite here and there than to have it build up and give in to a binge at some point.

                                If you tend to gravitate towards one specific food, keep an eye on what may be causing it.

                                For instance, if you crave sugar a lot, it could mean your body is out of wack or you are low in chromium. Craving chocolate? It could be a magnesium deficiency.

                                If you listen to what your cravings are telling you, you might be able to stop them in their tracks, making a healthy lifestyle an easy transition. It certainly helps that there are many healthy recipes for dinner, providing you with a lot of choices regarding what you want to eat.

                                Keep it up, and remember why you started. This journey you are on is so worth it!

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                                [1] Smart Nutrition: Blood Sugar Imbalance

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                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                1. Exercise Daily

                                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                • Eat unprocessed foods
                                • Eat more veggies
                                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                  6. Start Slow

                                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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