When you decide to start your weight loss journey you may think that all the food you will be cooking and eating is going to be bland, boring and basic. The thing is it doesn’t need to be, there are thousands of delicious, healthy and easy to make weight loss recipes out there.
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- Say goodbye to plain chicken breast
- Say hello to delicious food
- Yes it’s possible to eat well with great flavour!
- We get tired of routines – Innovate your meals
Say goodbye to plain chicken breast
Just because you are eating healthy and looking to lose weight doesn’t mean that you have to give up the flavour. All you have to do is a quick Google search and you will find thousands of websites that have healthy recipes for weight loss which offer you a variety of meals to enjoy whilst you work to lose weight.
Many things change during life, but our need to eat doesn’t
No matter what life is throwing at you every day, there is one constant that stays the same, your need to eat. Even if you are trying to lose weight you still need to eat regularly and it doesn’t need to be tasteless or boring.
The need for regular meals is constant and you will find many tasty weight loss recipes. You will find you can still have things like pasta, pizza, burgers and even chocolate. Creating a weight loss meal plan to support you in making the right food choices will help you know that you are getting the food and nutrients you need whilst also staying on track for your weight loss goals.
If you want some help with your weight loss meal planning why not check out the 28 Weight Loss Challenge app for a range of recipes and meal plans that suit your needs.
Tasteless food won’t motivate you to stick to your weight loss goals
Getting motivated to lose weight can sometimes be a struggle, especially when you think all you can eat is plain chicken and veggies or salad. Weight loss recipes don’t need to be tasteless, boring and uninspiring you can always find delicious, healthy recipes that will support you to lose weight.
If you are struggling to get motivated to cook healthy weight loss friendly recipes, get ahead by meal prepping in bulk. If you prep meals ahead of time you are less likely to grab fast foods that will put you off track on your weight loss journey because you will have a stock of healthy meals to grab on the go.
Say hello to delicious food
One of the key things The Healthy Mummy advocates when it comes to your weight loss journey is moderation is key. If you have a day where you don’t stick to your weight loss meal plan but go out and eat some unhealthy treats, you don’t need to beat yourself up just reset and get back on track.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite foods, you just need to rethink how you make those family favourites. Looking at the thousands of weight loss recipes available online these days you are sure to find a whole bunch that are healthy but also still delicious.
Enjoying tasty food impacts at least two aspects of our weight loss journey
The two things that often cause you to go off track in your weight loss journey are commitment and motivation. These two factors will be helped by finding healthy weight loss recipes that are quick and easy to make, budget-friendly and ones your whole family will love.
When you make the decision to lose weight, you are making a commitment to yourself to make better food and lifestyle choices to support your health. Sticking to this commitment can be hard especially as your day to day life takes over and your kids demand your time and attention as well as your partner, your family, your friends and possibly your job.
All of these things need to have your focus and this can then lead you to put your own health to the bottom of your to-do list. This is where the preparation and planning of healthy weight loss recipes can help you stay on track.
The other thing that will help you to stay committed is support, the support of your partner, family and friend but also support from a community of like-minded mums.
Staying motivated on your weight loss journey can be hard, but when you have the right tools, support and a whole load of healthy recipes that will support your weight loss it can be easier. If you are struggling to stay motivated remember why you started your journey in the first place.
One of the key things to help you stay motivated is knowing that you have healthy, tasty weight loss recipes that you can enjoy whilst on your journey. If you are struggling to find some weight loss recipes that will help you stay motivated, find a community that is on a similar journey to see if they have any suggestions.
Yes it’s possible to eat well with great flavour!
Eating well doesn’t mean you have to eat bland, boring and tasteless food, there are many ways you can add a flash of flavour to your meal and not turn it into a right off in your weight loss meal plan.
Use healthy/weight loss friendly seasoning
One of the best and easiest ways to help bring taste into your weight loss recipes is to add in some healthy seasoning that doesn’t add anything that would make it unhealthy. When choosing a healthy and weight loss friendly seasoning you need to make sure you pay attention to any allergies or food intolerances you or your family may have.
This spice seems to be having its moment with turmeric spiced recipes popping up all over the internet and it’s no wonder as it has so many benefits for health and weight loss. Turmeric doesn’t have a strong taste when added to a recipe but still add a dash of bitter, gingery flavour.
Without a strong taste, turmeric is a great addition to any weight loss recipe as with benefits that include multiple anti-inflammatory functions especially in the digestive tract that helps to reduce bloating. It also helps to fight bacterial and viral infections as well as the anti-inflammatory functions helping to relieve chest congestion which is great to keep you flu-free in winter.
This woody sweet spice is a great addition to your morning coffee fix to help you cut down on your sugar intake. Cinnamon helps reduce blood sugar levels, reduces bad cholesterol and has a calming effect on your digestive tract giving you a great start to the day if added to your breakfast weight loss recipe.
But that isn’t cinnamon’s only benefits, similar to turmeric, cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory functions that help aid in digestion, beat bloating and improve pelvic blood flow which can help curb period pain.
If you want to add a bit of spice to your next meal add some cayenne pepper, the capsaicin in cayenne pepper works to reduce gas and bloating as it increases enzyme flows in the intestine. Besides adding some spice and helping to fight belly bloat cayenne pepper has also been said to reduce stress and help you focus.
The best benefit of adding some cayenne pepper to your weight loss recipes is that research has shown that it can decrease appetite, boost your metabolism and helps your body burn excess fat.
A great reason to add some cumin to your next weight loss recipe is that it has metabolism boosting abilities which helps your body burn more fat. So if you like your meals to have a Mexican flare cook up something with some cumin and your metabolism will get a boost which will help you burn fat.
Ginger is a spice that is known for its immunity boosting qualities and it’s ability to help fight colds as it warms the lungs and thins out mucus. This isn’t the only benefit to ginger it also helps to placate upset stomach and morning sickness when pregnant.
On top of this ginger contains a digestive enzyme called zingibain that helps to break down protein which makes it a perfect addition to any healthy recipes for weight loss. Ginger has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which can help with so many different ailments.
Much like the spices above garlic has multiple benefits when incorporated into any weight loss meal plan it aids in digestion, boosts your immunity, helps heart health and helps to clear your skin. The best way to get the most out of garlic when adding it to your weight loss recipes is to slice or crush it which activates the allicin which is the active ingredient that helps aid all these things.
Added a touch of black pepper to any of your weight loss recipes will not only add a touch of flavour to your dish to help you enjoy it. Black pepper will also help promote weight loss, aid digestion, relieve a cough and colds, boost your metabolism and treat skin problems.
Cardamom can add an intense, slightly sweet flavour to your next meal with people often comparing its flavour to mint. On top of adding some flavour, it can also help aid digestion and offers some great anti-inflammatory effects thanks to the antioxidants it contains.
It also has antibacterial qualities that will help boost your immune system and ward off the sniffles in the cooler months.
They aren’t just weeds in your yard, dandelions can be added to your meals to add some flavour and they have some great health benefits. You can add the greens of the young plant, before they flower, fresh to your salad or once they flower boil the greens and add to your next meal as the older the plant the more bitter the taste.
Some of the health benefits that dandelions offer are they contain potent antioxidants that can help to detoxify your body, they also have anti-inflammatory qualities and may aid in regulating your blood sugar, heart rate and aid in weight loss.
Lemons are known for their detoxifying and cleansing qualities and it is often said that having some lemon water first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day. And if you need some extra flavour in your next weight loss recipe adding a squeeze of lemon will add a citrus flavour to your meal.
Not only will throwing some onions into your next meal add that extra dash of flavour it also helps your body break up mucus so will help ward off that cold or flu. Onions are high in vitamins and antioxidants that may help aid in regulating your blood sugar, reduce inflammation along with their immunity boosting properties.
Combine different types of food for additional flavour
To avoid boredom with your weight loss recipes make sure you have a good mix of flavours, textures and colours across your weight loss meal plan. Mix it up and add a few of the above ingredients to give your recipes the kick they need to keep you motivated and on track with your weight loss journey.
We get tired of routines – Innovate your meals
If you are making the same meals over and over again you will likely get bored and this is when you will be tempted to opt for a less healthy option. Get creative when it comes to your healthy recipes for weight loss add in different spices or ingredient, test and try out new ways of cooking old favourites to see what works. Don’t be afraid of experimenting to help you stay motivated through your weight loss journey.
There are thousands of weight loss recipes available for you to plan out your meals and still have something new for every meal. But also try new things and test out different ways of creating the recipes to suit your families tastes, wants and needs.
If you need some inspiration for your next weight loss meal plan there are thousands of healthy recipes for weight loss available as part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.