The epidemic has radically changed our way of life. Suddenly, working from home, we move significantly less than before. Ordering a takeout is easier than ever, and being at home, we can easily reach for a snack whenever we feel a slight desire.
Although it is not at all possible to lose belly fat, eating fewer calories than you burn reduces overall weight, including your stomach. Food is very specific for weight loss and it requires some essential ingredients.
- Protein: Protein is a key ingredient in every meal as we try to lose weight, which is important for filling the stomach, preserving muscle mass, and improving our metabolism.
- Fiber: High-fiber carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits are invaluable for feeling full and satisfied during a weight loss diet. Focusing on about one cup of carbohydrates per meal is a good place to start for the most part.
- Volume: When you have to eat a little less, it is helpful to add more to your plate to reduce the feeling. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent “supplement” to increase the total amount of food without extreme restrictions. To get started, focus on your half-plate, which comes from vegetables in one important meal.
- Calorie-conscious mindset: You don’t have to start counting every calorie to lose weight. However, it does help you to be aware of the high calorie foods in your diet, and start exchanging them. Trade creamy dressings for light sauces, substitute high-fat meats for lean cuts, and desserts for lighter options.
The new year is a new beginning. Opportunity for you to set new goals, change your lifestyle and adapt to the new epidemic world. Rest assured, we’ve got you covered with 22 delicious and weight loss friendly foods. Then, to encourage even more healthy eating, check out our list of the 100 easiest recipes you can make.
This high protein, fiber-rich breakfast will definitely satisfy you and keep you full for hours. The soluble fiber in black beans can help lower cholesterol, keep you regular and increase satiety for the start of your day.
Get our recipe for Black Bean Omelette.
Sweet and savory, this food checks all the boxes. Pork tenderloin is extremely lean, which makes it perfect for your New Year’s weight loss goals.
Get our recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa.
Want to add some variety to your dinner schedule? Fish is a great addition to your plate for low-fat, low-calorie protein options and endless ways to season it! Start with our very simple salsa verde recipe.
Get our Grilled Fish Recipe with Salsa Verde.
Caesar salad can be heavy if ordered. Fortunately, we’ve lightened up this fan favorite with a home option. Top it with grilled chicken to make it feel fuller for longer – you’ll thank us later!
Get our recipe for Healthy Grilled Caesar Salad.
Turkey is significantly thinner than beef, and you won’t be able to tell the difference after cooking in this chili. The high protein and fiber combo here will keep you full for hours!
Get our Harty Turkey Pepper recipe.
This tasty dish is packed with fiber, heart-healthy fats, and protein – a winning combination for weight loss that won’t leave you feeling deprived.
Find our recipes for Moroccan-inspired quinoa pilaf and salmon.
This Mediterranean themed chicken dish is very satisfying if you have run out of fun ways to add chicken to your week. For a balanced dinner, combine it with starchy carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, or potatoes.
Get our recipe for baked chicken with tomatoes and capers.
Revitalize your lean protein options with this delicious combo of sweet and savory. Pork is known as the “other white meat” because of its leanness – it’s a great addition to your weekly circulation for weight loss!
Get our recipe for Teriyaki Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples.
Soup is a great way to hide plenty of vegetables and broth in your diet – two meals that help you stay lean and gain volume without the extra calories!
Find our recipe for Easy Chicken Tartella Soup.
In this dish, tomato and chicken broth combine to make a creamy, lightened sauce! Serve this dish on a bed of brown rice or whole wheat pasta, and you have a balanced diet.
Find our recipe for chicken cactus.
Instead of sour cream, we use sesame and chicken broth in this traditional Spanish favorite. No compromise on taste here! Choose whole grain tortillas for extra fiber to make you feel fuller for longer.
Get our recipe for Chicken Mol Enchiladas.
The creamy, spicy sauce is made from Greek yogurt instead of whole-fat cream. We’ve made this recipe light without compromising on taste or texture.
Find our recipe for Healthy Chicken Tika Masala.
This classic combo never gets old. If you are bored of salads, this recipe may be your saving grace. Chicken, feta and olives help you fill your stomach longer, so don’t skip the toppings.
Find our recipe for Greek salad with chicken.
Shake your Saturday night with a seafood recipe. This Spanish garlic shrimp is lively and flavorful and goes well with cajun sides, veggies and rice or with the whole grain pasta option.
Find our recipe for Spanish Garlic Shrimp.
This recipe is a bit festive, but don’t knock it out until you try it. The creamy pumpkin balances the cocoa powder notes to give the flavor buds an excellent flavorful punch. Also, lean beef and beans make it a protein-rich food!
Get our pumpkin sesame pepper recipe.
Buy your traditional noodles for spaghetti squash here for a high-fiber, low-carb meal that tastes amazing and will keep you full for hours.
Get our recipe of Paleo Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash.
The hash of this low-starch breakfast is lighter than traditional potatoes. This delicious breakfast includes spices and sausage to keep you satisfied for longer.
Get our recipe for butternut squash hash.
This spin on chicken noodle soup will make you feel extra relaxed this winter. Milk and broth together produce a creamy texture that is unique with significantly fewer calories than traditional creamy soups.
Find our recipe for instant pot chicken and rice soup.
A couple of tablespoons of chia seeds go a long way – literally! Chia seeds spread in the liquid, so soaking them overnight really increases the volume. Customize with satisfying toppings: nuts, fruit, granola, or honey all work well here.
Get our overnight chia pudding recipe.
A heart healthy option will make you feel full of extra fiber. Bonus – Pesto to fat is a healthy food to add more flavor and increase the satisfaction factor.
Get our recipe for Mistron Soup with Pesto.
We love a hot breakfast hash in the morning, and this sweet potato-chicken sausage combo doesn’t disappoint. In fact, we think it’s even better as a survivor the next day!
Get our breakfast hash recipe with sweet potatoes and chicken sausage.
Here a little sweet and a little spice provides the best in both worlds. This sandwich is extremely balanced with lean protein and high fiber carbs if you use whole wheat buns!
Find our recipe for Spicy Sweet Grilled Chicken Pineapple Sandwich.