For many of us, one of the hardest things to do in the world is to lose weight. We bounce from one gym to the next, go to multiple fitness boot camps, and try every trick under the sun short of surgery to get to a slimmer version of ourselves.
Unfortunately, sometimes we work so hard in the gym and still have no abs to show for it. If the experts are to be believed, there’s a good reason for that.
It’s been said that weight loss boils down to a specific ratio. A good weight loss plan consists of 25% of your effort being spent on working out, and 75% of your effort being spent on dieting. And it’s the dieting part that’s the most difficult.
When you diet, you have to cut out the juicy burgers, the crisp French fries, the deep dish pizza, the moist cakes, the hot fresh doughnuts, and plenty of other savory and sweet goodness. That’s quite the task. However, the task of replacing your old fatty favorites gets easier when you have good healthy recipes in your arsenal.
Keep reading as we highlight seven healthy dinner ideas for you to try on your weight loss journey.
Healthy Dinner Ideas
The following dinner ideas are pulled from a range of diet plans. Not each recipe will benefit all diet regimens. Additionally, be sure to keep your personal allergies in mind.
This is a great recipe for those that are on that low to no carb track but have always had an affinity for places like Chipotle, Moe’s and Baja Fresh. The meal is not only a little less than 11g of carbs per serving, but it’s also packed with a lot of protein with about 39g of protein per serving.
One of the great things about this dinner idea is that while it’s void of rice and beans, it’s still full of other flavorful elements you may be used to if you love the previously mentioned establishments.
The Fathead Pizza dinner idea is for the pizza lovers reading this. This recipe is another keto-friendly one and will make your mouth water. Between all the cheese, meat, and even butter called for to make this pizza, you’ll find yourself a bit excited should you make it.
If you’re wondering about the crust, it’s mostly made with mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, and almond flour.
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This dinner idea is a little heavier on the carbs and a little lighter on the fat. The base of the dish is rooted in brown rice or quinoa, and the dish as a whole doesn’t embrace butter or cheese.
Perhaps the best part about this healthy dinner option is the fact it doesn’t require too many ingredients and is relatively easy to make.
And we would be remiss if we didn’t point out that the “B” in “BLT” actually stands for bacon. Bacon in a healthy dinner recipe isn’t that common.
Traditional macaroni and cheese is the epitome of comfort food. It’s a dish that tastes amazing and just sticks to the ribs in the most delicious of ways.
Unfortunately, it’s not that conducive to any diet plan. Thankfully, you’re able to create a vegan mac and cheese alternative that’s also tasty.
In this recipe, the only traditional ingredient is the macaroni. Every other ingredient is an alternative to egg, cow milk, and cheese. And yet surprisingly enough, the final outcome of the recipe is still a creamy yummy masterpiece.
For those vegetarians on a health kick but appreciative of a hearty meal, this is for you. It’s very reminiscent of the old-fashioned chili recipes sans the meat.
Now while the prepared recipe by itself can be a good one to include in the right kind of diet plan, the suggested toppings may not be. If making this chili, you’ll want to resist the temptation to add Fritos on top.
On the other hand, we also encourage those who like a little extra spice, to punch up the recipe with hot peppers and hot sauce.
Though this recipe may have too many carbs to be considered fully keto, it still can fall under a low-carb meal. Polenta is fairly low on the carbs when considering grained pasta, and polenta lasagna is perfect for healthily satisfying cravings for Italian cuisine.
As far as ingredients and ease go, this recipe is not too shabby. There are only about 15 ingredients (which includes some spices probably already in your kitchen cabinets), and prep time is about 45 minutes.
Perhaps the most well-known American dish is the classic hamburger and fries. Countless restaurants in this country have built their menus around it, and Americans can’t get enough.
And if you happen to be one of the individuals that need a variation of this classic in your diet, by all means, put it in your diet. Just be smart and healthy about it.
This recipe calls for using some of the leanest of beefs, and cuts out the fatty oils usually used to fry potatoes, as the fries won’t be fried but baked. But if done the right way, you can still get a bit of crisp on the fries.
Your Diet, Your Body
At the end of the day, changing your diet can be the catalyst you’ve been looking to kick your weight loss journey into high gear. Try some of these healthy dinner ideas and start the change.
If you have any questions about dieting or fitness, make sure you contact us. We’d be glad to help.