Cutting down on processed, manufactured foods in your diet is one of the best ways to establish a healthier diet. Processed food contains unhealthy amounts of fats, sugar and salt – just what you don’t need when you want to lose some weight.
These healthy recipes can take you through from morning to night, with plenty of ideas for yummy, easy dishes you can make quickly to satisfy your appetite healthily.
Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss – Smoothies
Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
Not all smoothie recipes are made equal – some contain high fat ingredients like full cream milk or full fat yogurt, so if you’re wondering are fruit smoothies fattening?, the answer is yes, sometimes they are. Here’s how to adapt any smoothie recipe to make it as healthy as possible.
Basic Smoothie Recipe
This simple recipe works, whatever fruit you happen to have available. Very straightforward and delicious.
Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss – Snacks
Avocado with Cottage Cheese and Turkey
Avocado is very nutritious and in this recipe it’s filled with a tasty combination of low fat cottage cheese and smoked turkey.
Mini Cabbage and Apple Stir-Fry
A speedy little dish, quick and easy to make, combining the crunchiness of cabbage with a dash of sweet apple. Surprisingly satisfying.
Low Fat Hummus Recipe
If you make your own hummus, you can control the amount of fat you use. Some manufactured varieties contain a lot of fat, but this recipe is relatively low fat, and you can also spice up the flavour to suit your taste.
Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss – Lunches and Light Meals
Carrot Soup with Red Lentils
Soups are great stomach-fillers, and if you make your own you can be certain about what they contain. Delicious as an appetiser, a snack or served with wholemeal bread to make a light meal.
Chicken Soup with Vegetables
Everyone loves chicken soup and this one is quick to make and a great way to use up chicken leftovers.
Mixed Vegetable Soup
One to make when you feel like doing a bit of peeling and chopping, this soup uses a lovely mixture of healthy fresh vegetables.
Mixed Bean Soup
Pulses contain protein and help to keep those hunger pangs at bay. Use the type of canned beans without added sugar of salt.
Onion Soup with Lentils
A simple onion soup gets extra substance and nutritional value with the addition of lentils.
All our Beans and Lentils Recipes
Chicken Curry with Chickpeas
Curries are useful midweek dishes and this one is very simple to throw together.
Lentils and Chicken Indonesian Style
Another spicy dish, given extra texture with lentils.
Simple, low fat and warming. Add as much or as little chili as you like, depending on taste.
Green Beans and Tomatoes
A Greek green bean stew to serve as a side dish.
Fresh vegetables, rice and plenty of spice. Easy to make, a vegetarian dish with an Indian twist.
Baked Vegetables with Tomatoes
Using Mediterranean vegetables, this is a slow-cooked dish you can serve with pasta or rice, or use it as a side dish with chicken or fish.
The classic Greek dish, full of delicious flavours, crisp and light. Use low fat feta.
Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss – Desserts
Using ricotta and low fat yogurt, this lovely ice cream is low in fat and won’t ruin your weight loss efforts – but don’t eat too much!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Such a pretty dessert, and it only uses a small amount of dark chocolate to lightly coat the fresh strawberries.