What foods are good for weight loss?
If weight loss was easy, very few people would be overweight. There is a lot of mixed information and myths about losing weight that only make it seem more complicated. The best way to drop the pounds is to uncomplicate it and keep it simple. How do you make losing weight simple? Eat simple foods.
The best foods for weight loss are:
- whole plant foods
- high in fiber
- packed with nutrients
- lower in calories
- low in sodium
- contain no oils
- no animal products
Eating simple doesn’t mean boring foods. Simple plant foods can create delicious satisfying meals that are packed with flavor. And, thankfully, you do not have to only eat salad to lose weight! Here are 6 simple recipes that can help you lose weight:
This recipe can be eaten alone or with brown rice. Always choose brown rice when trying to lose weight because it is higher in fiber, and therefore will keep you full longer than white rice. You can also get creative and serve it with quinoa or on a baked sweet potato. Here is the recipe for vegan Eggplant and Lentil Curry to help you lose weight.
Eating more raw vegetables is a great way to lose weight, but it can be boring and unsatisfying. Eating raw veggies with sweet mango and a tasty sauce in a nori wrap can make eating vegetables addicting. Here is the recipe for Vegetable Nori Wraps. If you would like to make the sauce lower in fat, you can swap the cashews for tofu or use powdered peanut butter, like Naked PB, which has no salt or sugar added.
Tropical Green Smoothie
Green smoothies are the perfect way to get lots of nutrients into your body. This Tropical Green Smoothie is delicious because the pineapple, mango, and banana hide any “green flavor.”
This smoothie recipe makes a perfect breakfast if you are trying to lose weight. If you find that it does not fill you up, add 1/4-1/2 cup of rolled oats to the blender. The extra fiber will slow the digestion of the smoothie, keeping you full longer.
You can play around with this smoothie recipe by adding some avocado, coconut, or papaya. The trick is to find what you like most and stick with it.
Can you really eat tacos and lose weight? YES! Make sure to find tortillas with simple ingredients, (for example: corn, water, and lime), I get mine at Trader Joe’s. Fill your tacos with healthy vegetables and skip the oil while cooking. Add fresh homemade salsa, crunchy greens, and hot sauce for the ultimate weight loss taco. Check out this recipe for Cauliflower “Fish” Tacos that is perfect for weight loss!
Sweet Potato Hash with Chickpeas
Sweet potatoes are a great for weight loss because they are made of complex carbohydrates that take longer to digest, which means you stay full longer. They are also a good source of fiber and are low in calories. A medium sweet potato (2-inches wide, 5-inches long) has only 100 calories! Add chickpeas and zucchini to the mix and you end up with a filling meal with plenty of protein and lots of phytonutrients to make you glow on the inside and out! Here is the recipe for this delicious and satisfying Sweet Potato Hash for weight loss.
Acorn Squash Caesar Salad
You may have noticed that this is the only salad recipe I am including in this weight loss post. That is because you don’t need to only eat salad to lose weight (thank goodness!). But, salads are very healthy, often low in calories, and should not be left out of your diet because leafy greens provide essential nutrients. This Acorn Squash Caesar Salad is healthy, but also really tasty. It is so good that you will actually crave it again. Crave salad? Yes, it is possible!
Feel free to experiment with the type of squash you use. If you don’t like acorn squash, don’t force yourself to eat it. Try pumpkin, butternut, delicata, or spaghetti squash – or even use a sweet potato if you just aren’t feeling the squash.
Still not losing weight as a vegan? Here are more tips for vegan weight loss:
So you went vegan and dropped a couple pounds or none at all, what’s going on? If this is your story, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, you may just have to work harder than some others to lose weight – but don’t let that stop you. Here are a few tips to get your weight loss going as a vegan:
- Eliminate processed foods from your diet and avoid oils. This includes faux meats and cheeses, juices, bread products, and packaged snacks. Eat only whole plant foods.
- Drink more water, herbal tea, and green tea. Avoid soda and juice, unless it is cold-pressed green juice that is low in sugars.
- Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Raw foods take longer to eat and digest than cooked foods, so you notice you are full sooner and may stay full longer. You don’t need to become a raw vegan, just add raw veggies and fruit to each meal or snack.
- Make half your plate non-starchy vegetables (raw and cooked) with each meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast? Consider the sweet potato hash recipe with half the plate made up of zucchini, onion, and spinach. Or half your smoothie being non-starchy vegetables. Cucumber, zucchini, beets, and greens are good smoothie additions.
- Eat more beans and lentils. Packed with fiber, protein, and resistant starch, beans certainly are magical. I went on a cruise in Norway and the vegan options were limited. I ended up eating lentils with at least 2 meals a day. I lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks, and I usually don’t lose weight easily.
- Avoid alcohol. It is just unnecessary calories.
- Increase exercise. Aim for an hour of activity a day. If you don’t have time, start with small victories. Even walking for 15 minutes in the morning and the evening can make a difference in the amount of calories you burn.