Are you on a mission to lose some weight?
Well, you’re far from alone! Up to half of all women out there are on a diet at any given time. That’s a whole lot of ladies working hard to shed some extra pounds.
If you’re one of them, then you probably know already that your diet’s crucial to the endeavour. Eating the right food is key to helping you lose weight without missing out on the nutrients your body needs to function.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of healthy meals for weight loss out there. Better still, they don’t involve eating salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Do you want to discover some new meals that are healthy, tasty, and helpful in the pursuit of weight loss too? Read on for 5 delicious weight loss meals that you can try this week.
1. Blackened Salmon
This salmon recipe is quick, easy, and full of nutrients that’ll keep you healthy, energized, and satiated! Here’s what you need:
- Salmon fillets (great for omega-3 and B12)
- A spice rub blend (consisting of cumin, paprika, chilli powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper)
- Olive oil
Start the preparation process by laying your salmon fillets skin-down on a baking tray and applying a liberal coating of the spice mix.
Next up, heat some olive oil in a skillet and, without letting it get too hot, carefully place your salmon fillets into the pan. Cook for a few minutes on both sides until you have a beautiful, crispy crust of blackened salmon!
And you’re done- it’s as easy as that. Serve with a side salad or steamed broccoli.
2. Courgette Pizza Boats
Healthy meals for weight loss don’t come any tastier than these sumptuous courgette pizza boats. Here’s what you need and how to make them:
- 4 courgettes
- Marinara/pizza sauce
- Grated mozzarella
- Italian seasoning
- Chilli flakes
- Fresh herbs (basil, thyme)
- Fresh parmesan (2tsp)
These courgette pizzas can be whipped up 30 minutes.
Start cutting your courgettes in half (lengthways) and gently spooning out the soft fleshy centre to create a hollow. Try to leave around 1cm of courgette on all sides.
Next up, add the salt and your pizza sauce to each one. Then add the cheese, herbs, and toppings, place on a non-stick baking tray, and cook for 20 minutes in a pre-heated oven (190 degrees Celsius).
Feel free to top your ‘pizzas’ with whatever you want! Everything from olives and mushrooms sliced pepperoni or ham would suit this recipe perfectly.
3. Easy Veggie Breakfast Omelet
There’s nothing better than starting the day with a filling, healthy, all-veg breakfast omelette. This one’s got all the nutrients you need to keep the wolves at bay, with none of the calories.
Here are the ingredients (for 2 servings):
- 4 large eggs
- 60ml of whole milk
- Half a broccoli
- 4 mushrooms (sliced)
- Courgette (sliced)
- Green pepper (sliced)
- Baby spinach (30g)
- 2 small brown onions (finely sliced)
- 3 garlic cloves (finely sliced)
- Goat cheese (30g)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare your omelette the typical way, whisking up your eggs in a bowl with the milk and seasoning.
Next, heat some olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. When it’s hot, throw in your mushrooms, green pepper, and courgette. Cook until tender, before adding the onions, garlic, and baby spinach.
Allow these to cook for a few minutes before emptying the entire veggie mix into a bowl.
Now it’s time for the omelette itself! Heat any leftover oil on a medium to high heat in the same pan, before adding the whisked eggs. Cook your omelette as usual, adding the vegetables onto one side when cooked. All that’s left to do is add the goat cheese, fold the omelette in half and serve.
4. Spicy Bean Tacos
Few weight loss meals are as straight-forward and tasty as spicy bean tacos. These Mexican staples make for mouth-watering meals that the whole family’s sure to love.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 medium onion
- 1 jalapeno pepper (finely chopped)
- 3 garlic cloves
- Black beans (1 can)
- Refried beans (1 can)
- Chopped tomatoes ((1 can, drained)
- Ground cumin
- Chilli powder
- Ground coriander
- Olive oil
- Whole wheat tortillas
Start cooking your tacos by heating the oil and frying the jalapeno and onion together. When they’ve turned golden and tender, you can throw in the garlic and spices and cook until fragrant.
Then, all that’s left to do is add your black and refried beans, together with the tomatoes! Cook for 10 minutes or so and voila, you’re done!
Serve on the tortillas with your choice of toppings (everything from chopped lettuce to guacamole would be great). Looking for some extra protein? You could make these tacos with cooked lean beef or turkey mince as well.
5. Banana Oatmeal with Nuts
Oatmeal is the queen of all filling, healthy, and nutritious breakfasts. And this banana-topped version with chopped nuts is no exception.
Here are the ingredients you need and how to make it:
- Rolled oats (64g)
- 1 Banana (sliced)
- Water (235ml)
- Cinnamon (1tsp)
- Walnuts (1tbsp, chopped)
This breakfast’s as easy as they come!
Pop your oats in a microwavable bowl, add the water and cook in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes on high power. Stop half-way through to check and stir your oatmeal (add more water if necessary).
With the oatmeal done, all that’s left to do is add your slices of banana and walnuts. Finish by sprinkling cinnamon over the top.
Try These Healthy Meals for Weight Loss
As you can tell, healthy meals for weight loss don’t have to involve boring old salad! Whether you’re making breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they can be hearty, filling, and full of all the nutrition you need.
We hope this post has provided some culinary inspiration and given you some new ideas on what to cook this week. Give the recipes a try and let us know how they go!
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