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Last Updated on December 14, 2020

15 Healthy Recipes for Dinner (For Fast Weight Loss)

15 Healthy Recipes for Dinner (For Fast Weight Loss)
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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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                                Published on July 14, 2021

                                13 Best Foods to Eat at Night (Advice From a Health Coach)

                                13 Best Foods to Eat at Night (Advice From a Health Coach)
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                                We’ve all had late-night cravings. Those times when you would lie in bed but your mind is on the fridge. You try to fight it, but you find out that you can’t. Food—you want food—to chew and to drink and to swallow. It usually goes this way: after much hesitation, you would get off your bed and walk over to the kitchen where you would stand for seconds and maybe even minutes contemplating a lot of things.

                                You have heard about it—read about it, too—the famous “eating late at night isn’t good for you.” You know well about how eating late at night can cause you stress and make you gain weight. But you just want to eat—and eat you must.

                                But what must you eat? What are your best and most healthy options? Here are the 13 best foods to eat at night.

                                1. Turkey

                                If you aren’t a vegetarian, then you most probably love turkey. It is not only very tasty and delicious, but it is quite nutritious, too. Turkey contains a lot of protein. As little as 28 grams of turkey already contains eight grams of protein.[1]

                                It also contains some amount of vitamins and a nutritive compound called selenium. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in ensuring the thyroid gland functions properly.

                                Turkey passes as one of the best foods to eat at night because the protein tryptophan, which it contains in a considerable amount, is believed to promote tiredness and thus, sleepiness.[2]

                                2. Fish

                                Another great choice for non-vegetarians is fish, especially fatty fishes like salmon, tuna, and mackerel. These are considered healthy choices because they contain a considerable amount of Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body regulate its calcium levels and is good for your kidneys, parathyroid glands, skin, etc.

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                                Fatty fishes also contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of healthy fatty acids that can serve as anti-inflammatory agents and are good for the brain. Omega-3 fatty acids are shown to be able to increase the amount of serotonin produced by the nervous system, and thus, make sleep feel better.[3] This means that fishes would not keep you awake! You don’t have to roll from side to side trying to fall asleep after eating them.

                                Fishes also contain nutritive oils that are good for your body and skin.

                                3. White Rice

                                White rice is just rice that has no bran germ—that is, both bran and germ have to be removed as a result of processing from brown rice to make it white rice. This removal of bran and germ causes white rice to contain lower fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants when compared with brown rice. However, white rice still contains a commendable amount of nutrients such as thiamine, folate, and manganese and so is great as a late-night meal.

                                White rice has a high Glycemic Index. (GI). A food’s glycemic index is simply the measure of the rate at which that food increases the body’s sugar level. Taking in foods with a GI index, such as rice, can improve the quality of one’s sleep. This is as long as one takes these foods one hour before sleep. If you plan to sleep by 7 p.m, then it is a good idea to eat white rice by 6.p.m.[4]

                                4. Bananas

                                Finally, Something for vegetarians. A fruit! Bananas not only taste good, but they are also rich in the compounds potassium and tryptophan, making them one of the best foods to eat at night.

                                Tryptophan, as earlier stated, is an essential protein that plays a role in relaxation. Some bananas before meals can improve the quality of your sleep. Plus, they contain vitamins and are rich in antioxidants. They also contain compounds that are capable of making bowel movements easier.

                                5. Cheese and Crackers

                                Cheese and crackers, crackers being a source of carbohydrates and cheese a source of tryptophan, can help balance the body’s sugar level. When you take cheese and crackers together, more tryptophan is made available to your brain.[5] The sugar in cheese feeds your brain, and tryptophan helps with the production of melatonin.

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                                This means that there would be more serotonin and melatonin production in your nervous system when you take cheese and crackers together. Serotonin improves the quality of a person’s sleep.

                                6. Warm Cereals

                                Cereals are great sources of fiber. Ones like oats also contain an impressive amount of melatonin, which improves sleep.

                                Before bed, a hot bowl of cereal and maybe even whole grains are a good choice. They do not contain a lot of calories and would most likely not keep you awake.

                                7. Yoghurt

                                Yogurt tastes good, and kids and adults love them. They are also a rich source of calcium. Calcium is an essential mineral to the body. It is necessary for the growth of bone and teeth, and skeletal, smooth, and cardiac muscles need it for muscular contractions to happen.

                                Your body also needs calcium to produce melatonin from tryptophan. If calcium levels are low, there will be a reduced rate of production of melatonin—and thus, low quality sleep. Yogurt also contains casein. Casein is believed to reduce early morning hunger.

                                Unsweetened yogurt is a great snack and one of the best foods to eat at night.

                                8. Eggs

                                Eggs are great sources of protein and don’t contain many calories. As a late-night snack, eggs are a great pick. They are easy to cook and can go along with many different kinds of snacks.

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                                Eggs also contain tryptophan, which—as you must now already know—can improve the quality of one’s sleep.

                                9. Protein-Pineapple Smoothie

                                As you may have noticed, most of the snacks and foods on this list of best foods to eat at night are protein-rich foods. Protein-rich meals taken around bedtime can boost muscle repair. They can also combat age-related muscle mass loss especially in people who frequently exercise.

                                As a late-night snack, you can blend some pineapple pieces into milk. Milk is a great source of the protein tryptophan from which the body produces melatonin. Pineapples do not contain a lot of calories and might not prove a threat to your body’s normal digestive functions. Pineapples can also boost your body’s serotonin levels.[6]

                                10. Tart Cherries

                                Juices made from tart cherries are great alongside other snacks, such as crackers and cheese. Tart cherries have anti-inflammatory effects. Even though in small quantities, tart cherries contain the sleep hormone melatonin. They also contain procyanidin B-2, which is believed to keep stable the essential amino acid tryptophan.[7]

                                Tart Cherries have low calories, too. This means that they are not too heavy and do not pose the threat of fat deposition, and they would not keep you awake.

                                11. Honey

                                Honey harvested from bees is nutritious and does not contain a lot of calories. It is known to be capable of increasing the production of melatonin in one’s body.[8]

                                It also contains healthy sugars, such as fructose and glucose, and can have a healthy effect on your body’s sugar level. Honey is one of the best food to eat late at night.

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                                12. Popcorn

                                When it isn’t swathed in sugar and milk and other fatty stuff, popcorn presents as a great late-night snack. Popcorn is a low-calorie snack and contains a rich amount of fiber.[9] High-fiber grains are believed to lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

                                Also, popcorn contains polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants believed to improve circulation and in general, health.

                                13. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

                                French fries are amazing. They taste so good. Do you like french fries? Then baked sweet potato fries are a great pick you might want to consider.

                                As a late-night snack, you can very well bake sweet potatoes instead of frying them. They are easier to prepare when baked and do not contain so much fat. Sweet potatoes contain a good quantity of fiber and vitamins.[10]They also contain some great amounts of protein.

                                Final Thoughts

                                When next you have the craving for a late-night meal, you should know that not all meals are great when eaten at night. Some are about right, and others could contribute to excessive weight gain, heart diseases, digestive disorders, and other health issues.

                                Have you ever woken up with swollen eye bags, felt nauseous, or had malaise after a late-night meal? Then it’s possible the meal was not a great pick.

                                When choosing the best meals and snacks to eat at night, you should choose meals that contain low calories—not more than 200 calories—and have high protein content. Proteins like tryptophan enhance the quality of sleep. Some of these foods include eggs, turkey, cheese, bananas, yogurt, juices, etc.

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                                Remember, eating healthy is a great way to remain healthy.

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