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10 Great Weight Loss Foods That Are Really Easy To Prep

10 Great Weight Loss Foods That Are Really Easy To Prep

A good enough diet that’s realistically easy enough to stick to is 100% better than a theoretically perfect diet that’s unrealistic and won’t be stuck to.

Part of being realistic means being honest about which dietary logistics bother you the most. For me? One of those is cooking. I hate cooking. I hate cleaning up after cooking even more. If I had to slave away in the kitchen for hours a day to make my diet work I’d surely give up in a matter of weeks.

A lot of people think they have to become a sous chef if they want to eat healthy. But this isn’t true — healthy eating and easy eating are not mutually exclusive. In fact, on the tail end of my weight loss journey, I never ate anything that took more than 5 minutes to prep in the kitchen.

I’m going to share with you my top 10 weight loss foods that are also really easy to prep.

1. Eggs and Egg Whites

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fried eggs and whites

    Eggs are arguably the best source of nutritious protein you can find, and prep wise they’re about as easy as it gets. I like to add liquid egg whites to the mix to up the protein ratio. Just throw a little butter in a skillet and fry them up, or scramble them, it doesn’t matter. You can chop up some produce like tomatoes or avocado and dump it in the mix to add some flavor.

    2. Smoothies

    smoothie

      Smoothies are a godsend for people looking to get more plant based nutrition. But lets get real: prepping, cooking, and chewing through boring vegetables is a hassle. Instead, you can get a high powered blender (Vitamix and Blendtec are the best on the market) and concoct an infinitely wide array of nutritious smoothies. My personal favorite? A homemade blended v8.

      • 1 medium tomato
      • 1 medium carrot
      • ½ beet (peeling optional)
      • 1 cup/handful parsley
      • 1 thumb sized hunk of ginger
      • ¼ lemon, peeled
      • 1 medium stalk of celery and/or 1 cup/handful of spinach

      You get nearly a pound of vegetables in you that will keep you full for hours, and it’s only ~150 calories.

      3. Canned Salmon

      If you’re not a cooker, getting enough protein is always a challenge. One of the best ways to meet your protein requirements is with canned fish — No kitchen prep required. Add some lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a tbsp of olive oil to give it some texture and flavor. Or try throwing in some hummus and chopped celery or peppers.

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      4. Asparagus

      Asparagus is a choice green vegetable for fitness models because it’s nutritious as well as slightly diuretic to help your kidneys flush out the system. It’s also stupidly easy to prep. Just brush a bunch in olive oil and throw it in a toaster oven for ~10 minutes or fry it on a skillet.

      5. Cruciferous Medley

      Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are the stereotypical king of weight loss foods for a good reason: They are highly nutritious, highly filling, and very low in sugar and overall calories. You can make a decent tasting medley very easily. Just throw a bunch of broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts into a bowl and mix with salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, and onion powder, then bake it in the oven on a tray for ~15 minutes. Super easy.

      6. Greek Yogurt

      It’s become one of the most popular go to snacks because it’s low calorie, high protein, and very filling. Casein based dairy protein takes a long time to digest and keeps people full for hours.

      7. Cottage Cheese

      If you need to up your protein intake, then cottage cheese is even more superior to greek yogurt, and has the same filling effects. Add some chopped strawberries or blueberries to give it some flavor if you wish.

      8. Crockpot Chicken Breast

      Chicken is the proverbial staple of bodybuilders — it’s cheap, filling, high protein, and low calorie. The problem? A plain, flavorless, rubbery broiled chicken breast might be the most depressing thing to eat on this planet.

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      However, making decent tasting and tender chicken breast is very easy with a crock pot. You literally just stack in 4 or so breasts, season with some salt and pepper, and put it on high for 2.5-3 hours. You don’t need to marinate or anything like that, because the chicken will simmer in it’s own juice and come out very tender.

      With less than 5 minutes of work, you can have a few days worth of chicken breast ready to go at all times.

      9. Coffee or Tea

      Most fat loss supplements are garbage marketing gimmicks, but one exception is America’s drug of choice: caffeine. Caffeine has been scientifically shown to curb hunger.

      What I do is drink caffeine in small even doses throughout the morning and early afternoon. I mix ~4oz of coffee with hot water and have 3 or 4 of those drinks between ~8am and 2pm. If I stop by then I’ll have no problem falling asleep on time.

      If you’re caffeine sensitive, try green tea or mint tea instead. Or, one of my favorites, ginger tea. Any of those will help curb hunger and help you with your daily water requirement to, which leads me to…

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      10. Water

      I had to include this because it always needs to be reiterated: Drinking enough water on a diet (and in general) is absolutely crucial. The thirst and hunger mechanisms are often confused with one another. Many people who feel hungry are actually thirsty, which makes sense because most animals get a significant portion of their water requirement from the food they eat.

      Depending on your climate, a good starting point is to try and drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. Also be sure you’re getting enough electrolytes with salts or alkaline based plant foods.

      Conclusion

      At the end of the day, the weight loss battle stems on burning more calories than you consume over time, one way or another. Thus, the best strategy for most people is to focus on eating highly filling low calorie foods like the ten suggestions above.

      But… It’s also important to be honest with yourself about what you’re actually willing to do. For me, slaving away in the kitchen daily is not one of them. That’s why I focus on viable food choices that require little to no kitchen prep.

      Featured photo credit: cyclonebill/Vagtel-spejlæg via commons.wikimedia.org

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      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

      The result: no more mental stress.

      2. Unplug

      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

      3. Easy on the Caffeine

      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

      The result: mental stress will be gone!

      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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