Losing weight and eating healthy does not mean that you have to starve yourself or be tortured with unappetizing meals. There are many ways that you can create delicious, filling and healthy meals that will help you lose weight. The key is to limit the amount of carbohydrates that you eat each day, incorporate lean protein in every meal, and fill up on fresh fruits and veggies. An excellent way to prepare your meals is to look at the “MyPlate”, which has replaced the Food Pyramid, and prepare your meals accordingly. Here are a few recipes that can get you started.
Tuna and Veggie Tacos
Fish tacos are a very delicious meal packed with lean protein. The problem is that they can often be loaded with oil and calories. Prepare your own tacos at home. Start by spraying a skillet very lightly with olive oil. Place the drained tuna on the skillet along with diced tomatoes, onion, and diced jalapeno peppers. Sauté the tuna mixture for a few minutes while you heat two whole-wheat or corn tortillas. Place the tuna mixture in each tortilla and serve with shredded lettuce and salsa. For dessert, you can have apple wedges with honey or banana with yogurt.
Another quick and easy dish is chicken chalupas. You can cook your chicken breasts ahead of time. Shred them and store them in a zip lock in your refrigerator. Start by placing two corn tortillas in the microwave for one minute on each side or until crispy. Spread a thin layer of fat-free black beans on each chalupa. Add the shredded chicken, lettuce, diced tomatoes, and fat-free cheese. You can even add low-fat sour cream for extra flavor. You can pair your chalupas with brown rice or steamed veggies.
If you are craving a burger, you can cut down the calories and fat by substituting a Portobello mushroom for the meat. Start by thoroughly washing the Portobello mushroom and removing the stem. Brush with olive oil and balsamic vinegar on each side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and heat in a pan with a bit of oil. Heat the bread while you wait for your mushroom to be ready. Once both are ready, place the mushroom in the bread and add a slice of fat-free cheese (the sharper the better), lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. Add mustard and skip the mayo since it is high in calories and fat. Serve with baked potato wedges or a side salad.
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