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Everyone seems to be obsessed with the way they look. You put on a few pounds, OMG! You get paranoid and then extra workouts come into the picture, or switching to a low cal diet and all that jazz. But this seems to be the trend nowadays. In a way, it is good to keep yourself lean and healthy, but definitely not at the cost of skipping meals and killing your hunger by gulping down glasses of water. Everyone wants to follow easy diets that work fast, to achieve quick weight loss. Here are ways you can lose weight and yet please your taste buds by binging on these really healthy diet recipes.
#1 Barley Topped with Banana and Sunflower Seed [calories-400]
- ½ cup cooked pearl barley
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey
In a large bowl, place the cooked barley and heat it in the microwave. Slice the banana into small circles. Now remove the bowl from the microwave and top it with sliced banana, sunflower seeds and a tablespoon of honey. You cannot ask for a better way to start the day.
#2 Egg Whites and Salmon on Toast [calories-200]
- ½ teaspoon olive oil
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 2 egg whites
- 1 ounce smoked salmon
- 1 finely chopped tomato
- 1 sliced tomato
- 1 sliced cucumber
- 1 whole-grain muffin
- Pinch of salt
Beat 2 egg whites in a large bowl thoroughly until fluffy. Add chopped onions, tomatoes and a pinch of salt to taste. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and pour the egg batter in the pan. Fry both sides of the omelet until golden brown. To make a sandwich, slit the muffin and toast it. Once that is done, layer the omelet, smoked salmon, slices of tomatoes and cumbers on the toasted muffin. Yum! A wholesome and healthy breakfast!
#3 Chicken Pasta [calories-500]
- 350g pasta (penne)
- 200g chopped broccoli
- 3 boneless chicken cut into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste
- 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
- 25g almonds (roasted)
- Small cup of orange juice
Cook the pasta in boiling water by following the packet’s instructions. Once the pasta is nearly cooked, add chopped broccoli and bring it to boil. In the meanwhile, in a non-stick frying pan, add a little oil and the ginger garlic paste along with pieces of chicken. Once the chicken pieces are golden brown, pour the orange juice over it. Now drain the pasta and broccoli. Toss the chicken with the pasta and broccoli. Season it with finely chopped, roasted almonds. As a healthy option, instead of almonds, you can opt for pine nuts as well.
#4 Coleslaw Salad [calories-53]
- 4 cups finely sliced green cabbage
- 1½ grated carrots
- ⅓ cup chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Place the finely chopped cabbage and grated carrots in a strainer and rinse it in cold water. This process will make the ingredients crisp. In a large bowl, whisk vinegar, olive oil, salt and parsley. Then add cabbage and carrots, mix thoroughly. You can also squeeze a lemon to give this salad a tangy flavor.
#5 Prawn Noodles [calories-250]
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 300g peeled prawns (cooked)
- 100g chopped cabbage
- 2 packets of instant noodles
- 4 finely chopped spring onions
- Fresh piece root ginger (finely sliced)
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
In a large pan, bring the chicken stock to boil. Add oyster sauce and fresh sliced ginger in the stock and stir. Then add prawns (if they are uncooked wait for 3 minutes until they turn pink) and chopped cabbage, let it cook properly. Now add the noodles to the pan and stir slowly to loosen them. Sprinkle finely chopped spring onions and cook for 2 minutes. Put off the flame and serve hot!
#6 Grilled Sweet Potatoes [calories-120]
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon salt
- Pepper powder
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into long pieces. Wash them clean and dry. In a large mixing bowl, add all the above ingredients except sweet potatoes and mix well. Toss the potato pieces in the mixing bowl, such that they are coated well. Place these pieces on a baking sheet, and then in the oven at 360° F for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
#7 Fruit Salad with Chocolate
- 2 mangoes
- 2 pomegranates
- 1 cup black berries
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup grated dark chocolate
Peel the mangoes and cut them into small square pieces. Cut the pomegranate into half. Hold the fruit over a large bowl and beat the rind with a large spoon, the seeds will collect in the bowl. Now add the mango pieces and blackberries to the bowl. Squeeze a lemon over this mixture. Garnish it with grated dark chocolate. Nothing can get better than this! A healthy dessert option that pampers your palate and showers you with a good amount of antioxidants.
- 1½ cups fresh berries
- ¾ cup low-fat yogurt
- ½ cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons skimmed milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
In a blender, place all the above ingredients, and blend until smooth and thick. This dessert is full of antioxidants and is definitely a healthy option to end your day. You can have it for breakfast as well.
Eat healthy and stay fit! Bon appetite!