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Losing excess weight and keeping your body in top shape is definitely a challenge for most people. Usually, after the extra pounds disappear, the process enters in reverse and you end up putting them all back on, sometimes with something extra.
It can be a nightmare, but fortunately, there are some simple recipes that can help you avoid the disaster. All of them are easy to make and will permanently keep those pounds off by boosting your metabolism and keeping your stomach full for longer.
1. Feta and Broccoli Omelet on Toast
Nearly all of us have made mistakes when we tried to lose some weight but it’s definitely not the end of the world. Learning from our mistakes is key to avoid making them in the future, like finding some simple recipes for long-lasting weight loss.
One of those is this feta and broccoli omelet on toast recipe. In general, omelets are very easy to make and very versatile too as you can add almost anything you want to them. In this case, the ingredients that will help you keep those pounds off are broccoli and feta cheese.
We know that broccoli may not be your favorite veggie, but it has an enzyme called nicotinamide mononucleotide which, according to studies, can slow down the aging process, at least in mice.
And while cheese might not be the ingredient that’s the lowest in calories, if you only add two tablespoons of it to your omelet, things will turn out great. Feta will also add vegetarian protein to any breakfast meal and help you lose weight in a healthy way.
Beside the eggs, the feta, and the broccoli, you can also add some spices. Put the mix into a pan and cook for three minutes and flip it. Cook the other side for two more minutes. Serve it on whole grain toast.
2. White Bean and Herb Hummus with Raw Veggies
Supermarket hummus might get boring after a while, but you can do something else at home, from white beans. In just five minutes, you can make a fiber-rich version by mixing together canned, rinsed and drained white beans, olive oil (which is good for the heart, lemon, and chives. It will taste delicious if you also add raw vegetables for even more fiber.
Try mixing in broccoli, grape tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, or bell peppers. Have it on whole grain toast or however you like, and this meal is guaranteed to keep you full for longer and help you lose weight.
Turkey burger patties is something new for most people, but very healthy indeed. Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein which helps you stay full for longer.
In addition, turkey burgers are very tasty and moist, perfect for when you want to scrap the extra pounds and keep your body in shape. Start by mixing turkey with paprika, cumin, and garlic in a bowl. Form the patties and then add salt and pepper.
Then you grill them about seven minutes on each side. Serve with sesame seed buns and whatever topping you want, from sweet onion to barbecue sauce, but not too much because anything that’s sweet come with extra calories, and you don’t want that.
4. Salmon noodles
This is truly a nutrient-packed healthy bowl that can be turned into a meal that will boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. The healthy fats in the fish and avocado along with the fibers in the veggies and noodles make an excellent dish when you want to stay in shape. Moreover, asparagus provides you with lots of vitamins, iron, and folate.
You should start by cooking the noodles in boiling water, placing them with tongs into a strainer, and then cooking the asparagus in the same boiling water. Next, cook the salmon fillets cut into medium portions in a skillet or pan over medium heat.
Turn the slices on each side after about three minutes. Making the vinaigrette is the next step. Mix together sesame oil, salt, pepper, and lime zest and juice. Take a medium serving bowl and add the noodles, asparagus and the vinaigrette. If you want, you can add some bite-size pieces of avocado and cucumber slices too.
Finally, right before serving it, add the salmon pieces. You can serve this dish warm or at room temperature. It is good even if it was made a few hours ahead. It’s a nice dish to take with you to the gym or office, too.
5. Barley with Banana and Sunflower Seeds
If you are tired of oatmeal for breakfast but still want something filling and a little bit sweet, this barley with banana and sunflower seeds recipe might be just what you need. By combining bananas and barley you get a lot of resistant starch plus fiber that will boost your metabolism and help you lose all that extra weight.
Barley is a whole grain rich in iron and magnesium which are mandatory nutrients for a healthy lifestyle. As for the bananas, they are rich in potassium and prebiotics which will help balance the bacteria in your gut.
Finally, the sunflower seeds contain healthy, unsaturated fats, Vitamin E, and protein, which increase your good cholesterol levels.
To make this simple dish for breakfast, you need water, pearl barley, sunflower seeds, bananas, and honey. Put the water and the barley in a microwave-safe bowl and cook the mix on the highest setting for six minutes.
Stir everything and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes more. In the end, top it with banana slices, sunflower seeds, and some honey, but don’t overdo it! You still want to lose weight and keep it off!
All in all, eating healthy food to lose some weight and keep the body in shape is many people’s wish. Unfortunately, not all of them are able to follow a strict diet and eventually, all those extra pounds come back to haunt them.
Thankfully, there are some simple recipes, like the ones above, which are not only easy to make but can also help you in your journey to becoming the best version of yourself. Include them in your daily menu and you’ll notice some changes immediately.