The holiday season is a time when we get to rest a little, but with that being said, we tend to indulge in almost everything our mouths can be stuffed with. What happens next is that our clothes don’t fit and we realize the mistake of indulging in gluttony. Help! Help! Help!
Now what do we do, we need to bring back the sexy slim figure and yet we love our food. The answer is simple, don’t starve, eat healthy and plan your meals accordingly. Today we would like to share with you 50 very easy homemade recipes, which would help you bring down your weight and waistline the healthy way. So if you are ready to walk the path and reach the new YOU, please read on and be well-informed for the same.
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The plethora of fifty ideas here is a mix of drinks to detox, foods to eat, health information on easy homemade recipes and more. So choose the ones which would suit you the best, since they are a mix of non-veg, veg and vegan plans.
Teas to Detox and Diet:
With all that you have been stuffing yourself with, the liver has taken a beating. If you have added plenty of alcohol and wine while partying and enjoying the holiday season, the liver needs help and like big time it does. Hence, why not begin with drinking to detox and flush out waste and toxins that cause harm and bring in a host of unwanted ailments and diseases?
1. Cranberry and Citrus Detox:
Grab a cup each of cranberry and any citrus fruit you wish to juice and blend them well sans sugar. You can use a teaspoon of raw honey and a dash of mint leaves for taste. Combine it with water if you want, or just have it pulpy. The concoction is best served chilled and on an empty stomach. It helps flush the system and clear the digestive tract too.
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2. Lemon and Cayenne Pepper:
You’d need three tablespoons of fresh lime juice with a tablespoon of ground cayenne pepper. This should be blended well and had on an empty stomach. The recipe is known to be a potent detox plan and helps bring down the weight too. Even your metabolism would be given a helping hand.
3. Papaya Detox Plan:
A ripe papaya is what you need along with watery fruits of your choice, such as watermelon or grapes and limes. Blend them according to your desired quantity and have them before every meal. This helps fill the stomach, beats sugar cravings, gives you the fibre you need and makes an amazing smoothie too.
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4. Pineapple and Ginger Detox :
Pineapples with a piece of ginger and a dash of thyme or mint blended well make an amazing weight loss and detox drink. The juice would clean the body inside out and would make your skin glow as well.
5. Shake Shake Shake:
Who doesn’t love having shakes? Well we all do and that’s why keeping your needs in mind, we bring an easy shake recipe which would clean the system and bring the weight down as well. What’s great about this plan is that you can mix and match the fruit types and quantities. The blend would help you stay on track and would be fun to serve others as well.
You could add garnishing as per your needs and tastes, and don’t forget to use crushed ice. This weight loss shake can be customized as per your needs, and we insist on using raw honey here instead of sugar. A dab of Himalayan pink salt would make it tastier!!
- You can use strawberries, raspberries blueberries, coconut, pineapple or mango too. The choice is yours if you want to use carrots and tomatoes.
- Use a teaspoon of any essence of your choice, for example, vanilla for aroma and flavor.
- Bitter unsweetened chocolate has plenty of antioxidants, which would be nice to use, a tablespoon only.
Now blend the ingredients of your choice well, and keep it in the fridge for ten minutes. Serve with a garnishing of your choice.
6. The Simple Shake:
For this you’d need to have half a cup of skimmed milk, half a cup of curd, a banana and a few cherries. Blend them well for a minute or two and serve with crushed ice. Use any garnishing of your choice. The mix would be very helpful if had prior to a meal, an hour before you eat.
7. The Banana and Peanut Butter Shake:
Grab half a banana and half a cup of low fat peanut butter for this shake. Take in a blender half cup of skimmed milk and a tablespoon of whey, and paste them well with a cup of water.. Use any garnishing of your choice. The mix would be very helpful if had prior to a meal, an hour before you eat.
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8. The Immune Booster:
If you have half a cup of any berries, use two types of berries for this shake which boosts the immune system. Add to this half an apple or a pear, and some honey for taste. Blend the ingredients with a cup of water and use any garnishing of your choice. The mix would be very helpful if had prior to a meal, an hour before you eat.
9. The Fat Blaster Shake:
You need to bring to the table a tablespoon of cocoa powder, which is unsweetened, half an avocado, half a cup of berries, a banana and a little spinach, honey and pepper to taste. Blend them all with half a cup of water and use any garnishing of your choice. The mix would be very helpful if had prior to a meal, an hour before you eat.
10. Apple and Lime Shake:
Two apples cut and chopped, with a cup of lime juice concentrate. Blend the two well with crushed ice and add to it a tablespoon of cayenne pepper. Mix them well and Use any garnishing of your choice. The mix would be very helpful if had prior to a meal, an hour before you eat.
11. Proteins are Helpful:
This is a diet which is homemade and has proved to be very useful for many since it is pain-free and lasts only for thirty-six hours. Since it has plenty of proteins in it, it is good for your body.
Breakfast: Two eggs cooked in your style
Lunch: The ground meat of your choice, should be lean meat with a dash of dry spices and only Himalayan pink salt
Dinner: A steak of your choice in a very small quantity, with no table salts and no ketchup or dressing.
What you could do is to have a healthy salad alongside, which would keep you happy. To wash it down post each meal, you could use the lemonade diet as follows
12. The Lemonade Diet:
You would need a tablespoon of lime concentrate, grade B maple syrup, a pinch of pepper and water. Mix all of them well in a blender and Use any garnishing you choose. The mix would be very helpful if had prior to a meal, an hour before you eat. If you wish to use multivitamins, go ahead since it would help keep the colon clean.
13. The Famous Indonesian Rice Salad:
Most would look at this easy homemade diet recipe as a side dish, but actually, it is not. this recipe will keep you full and is perfect for vegetarian followers too. Here is what you need;
- two cups brown rice cooked.
- One third cup of peanut oil.
- Three tablespoons Chinese sesame oil.
- Half a cup of orange juice.
- Two full cloves and garlic.
- A teaspoon of salt.
- Two teaspoons of soy sauce.
- Half a teaspoon of crushed red peppers.
- Two teaspoons of cider vinegar.
- One cup crushed pineapple.
Add the cooked warm rice to all the ingredients mentioned and keep aside for a while. After about five minutes, when the dish is at room temperature, cover it and keep it in the fridge to cool. Before you serve the dish, mince a few onions and stir fry them with celery and green peppers, chestnuts, bean sprouts, currants and cashew seeds, just a few of each. This is a little labour intensive but very easy to make, and it will keep you slim and fit like the Indonesian people.
14. Salad of Sweet Potato:
This is a healthy salad which would last six meals or serve six people. For this you would need the following;
- Two pounds of sweet potatoes which should be cut and peeled.
- Two cups of pineapple.
- A full onion chopped.
- Half a cup of bell pepper.
- One large egg.
- Four teaspoons of lime juice.
- A little of the canola oil.
- One teaspoon soy sauce.
- Two teaspoons of sesame oil.
- One teaspoon of chopped and minced ginger.
- Salt, cayenne pepper to taste.
- Half a cup of cilantro.
Now get the potatoes boiled until tender and drain them under cold water. Combine the mentioned ingredients with the cut and chopped potatoes. After this, take the lime juice and pineapple and blend the two, while doing so add the oil. When the mix gets thick, add the soy sauce and the other oils too. For another minute or so, keep the blending on so that the mix combines well. Pour this healthy low fat dressing on the sweet potato and toss with cilantro. Serve chilled.
15. Spaghetti Squash:
Want to feel full and happy, try this recipe. For this you would need the following;
- One spaghetti squash.
- A few diced tomatoes.
- A teaspoon of dried oregano.
- Half a cup of olives.
Get the squash cut and seeds removed, and then place it in the cooker, keeping the cut side facing the ceiling. Now take the diced tomatoes and add them to the cavities of the squash, and sprinkle spices of your choice, such as garlic, cilantro, pepper and salt. The olives you can scatter on it as garnishing. Serve hot!
16. Bacon and Brussel Sprouts:
An amazing way to eat and be healthy sans fats, so try this today and be full. For this you would need the following;
- Half a cup of shredded Brussels sprouts.
- One strip of bacon.
- A little olive oil.
- One onion.
- Thyme, salt and pepper for taste.
Toss the ingredients with onions to sauté first followed by the strip of bacon and then the sprouts, one by one in a deep dish which has a tablespoon of olive oil. Fry for eight to ten minutes, and Use any garnishing of your choice. Dab a little mint on it for aroma!!
17. Veggie Roast:
Craving for roast and a veggie one too, well here is a plan which can help you stay full and keep your weight in check as well. For this you would need the following;
- A cup of zucchini.
- A cup of yellow squash.
- A cup of green and red bell peppers.
- A cup of onions.
- A cup of mushrooms.
- A tablespoon of olive oil.
- A tablespoon of cider vinegar.
- Salt and pepper for taste.
In a deep bowl on slow fire, pour in the oil and warm it with a few basil leaves. Now put in the vinegar and toss in the onions to sauté. After a minute, toss in the veggies one by one. Sprinkle the pepper and salt on it after five minutes of aggressive stirring, and add some garlic and ginger powder if need be. Let it cool for ten minutes and then place it in the oven for twenty minutes. Do not overcook, keep it crispy and enjoy your low cal meal.
18. Cider Roast with Cabbage:
Cabbage has plenty of benefits to take advantage of, and for this recipe, we would ask you to keep ready the following;
- A cup of sauteed and chopped red cabbage.
- Half a cup of chopped apples.
- A third quart of water.
- A quart of apple cider vinegar.
- Pepper and salt to taste.
It’s very simple to make this dish, all you have to do is take a deep pan and pour in all the liquids. Bring it to a simmer and add to it the chopped cabbage. When the liquids dry up, allow the dish to cool and then bake it in an oven for five minutes only. Garnish with lime, salt and pepper.
Cakes and Desserts to Help Lose Weight:
Now who said our eating habits have to be boring when on a diet? Today we would like to show you some interesting recipes for desserts and cakes, which indeed have all the goodness and benefits, and would help you lose weight too.
19. Pumpkin and Chocolate:
For this recipe you would need a box of cake mix, we use chocolate. A can of pumpkin, half a cup of water, and three eggs (whites only). Get all of them blended well and place in a pan covered with cake paper and not butter (remember we are losing weight here). Cook for half an hour, and occasionally check for the rise.
20. Chocolate Pie By Pat:
Many have told us about Pat’s famous low calorie chocolate pie, and have sworn it helps people lose weight too. For this, you would need two cups of skimmed milk, sugar and fat free chocolate powder, and half a cup of whipped topping which is sugar and fat free, fat free pie crust.
Blend the powder and the milk for two minutes until foamy, and put a little of it on the crust. Add to the blender the whipped topping and blend once more, now add this remainder to the crust too. Sprinkle the powder on the surface of the dessert and keep it to freeze for half an hour. Serve chilled and enjoy without feeling guilty.
21. Lime Pie Low Calorie:
Lime is a blessing for those who want to lose weight, and for this low cal recipe, you’d need to have a box of sugar free lime gelatin, one quart boiling water, lemon pie flavored fat free cream, fat free whipped topping, fat free pie crust and a little salt to taste.
Get the gelatin dissolved in the water which is hot, and use a whisk to stir the cream side by. Now fold the whipped topping with a wooden spoon and pour the content onto the pie crust. Take the lemon flavoring and add it to the cream and topping, add your salt and mix well. pour everything on the crust and Use any garnishing of your choice. Freeze for five hours or overnight before you serve!!
22. Blueberry Yogurt and Bran Muffins:
We love muffins and as a snacking option, they are healthy too. To make these, you would need a cup of cereals which has a lot of fiber in it, two egg whites, a quart cup of any vegetable oil of your choice, flavored sugar and fat free yogurt of your choice, a cup of bran and a cup of whole wheat flour. Add a tablespoon of brown sugar, a quart tsp of baking powder, a pinch of salt and a cup of fresh blueberries.
Get the oven heated to 400°F and on a baking cup use cake paper. Now in another bowl crush the cereals and add the egg whites to it. While doing that add the oil, the flour, the yogurt and the flavored sugar blend, to make it nice and moist. Throw in the berries a little at a time and pour the batter to fill half the cup to make muffins. Bake them for twenty minutes and serve hot!!
Fishy Meaty Low Cal Delights:
Yes, we heard you, it’s going to be meat or nothing else to lose that stubborn weight, so here are a few recipes we would like to share with you. These are recipes that have been handed down for generations across the globe and have worked wonders for those who want to lose weight too. Hence, take a pick and enjoy digging your fangs into the meaty wonders.
23. Salmon Anyone:
Fish has omega 3 fatty acids which are good for the body and it helps the body lose weight too. This is why salmon is very popular in many households and fitness trainers swear by it too. Salmon is tasty and in any form cooked too. You could choose to use a fish of your choice as well if you don’t find salmon around where you live. For this, you would need to have the following
- A cup of diced tomatoes.
- A cup of artichokes chopped.
- A cup of onions chopped.
- A few baby spinach.
- Cloves and garlic as much as you want.
- A cup of veg or non-veg broth.
- Greek olives for garnishing.
- Pepper and salt to taste.
Boil a quart of water on low fire and place the salmon in it, covering the dish. When the fish is being cooked, take the spinach and steam them, with the broth and garlic. Keep checking the fish so that it doesn’t dry out completely, if you see the water is getting less, add more broth to it. In ten minutes the fish would be done.
In another place, place the steamed spinach as a base and put the broth fish on top of it. Garnish with tomatoes, artichokes, cheese a little, olives and onions. Sprinkle the salt and pepper to taste.
24. Fish in a Foil:
Heat the oven to 350 degrees and let’s begin on this delicious low cal recipe. For this you would need to make a simple salad of your choice, using fresh veggies and no salt at all. Add salmon pieces and rub them with mustard powder, chilli powder, pepper and lime. Place the fish on the foil which has a little olive oil sprayed on it. Cover the fish with the salad on top of it. Now cover the foil and baker for half an hour. Believe us when we say this is healthy, nutritious and yummy.
25. Chicken Crockpot Mexicano:
Chicken breasts are the best pieces to eat for they are lean and have plenty of protein. For this recipe, you’d need to have four pieces of chicken breasts, a can of kidney beans, black beans, navy beans, a cup of tomatoes and seasoning. Place the chicken in a pan which has a tablespoon of oil, and on top of it pour in the beans, one at a time. Now add your spices and seasoning and stir every five minutes for half an hour. Yummy and low cal is this dish, we assure you
26. Frogmore Stew:
Frogmore stew is famous as a low calorie recipe and today we would like to share this diet with you. For this you would need to have five cups of water, half a cup of old bay seasoning, five pounds of raw shrimp with their shells on, five round potatoes, three pieces of any lean meat, and a cup of fresh corn.
Boil the water and add the old bay seasoning to it in a big pot. When it boils, add the potatoes and cook without the cover for ten to fifteen minutes. Now add the meat and the corn to cook for another ten minutes. By now the potatoes would be tender, so you can add the shell covered shrimp to it, and cook for ten more minutes. Drain the mix and serve with fresh spinach.
27. Vegetable Quiche by Lee and Jackie:
Very low in fat and calorie count, ideal for any meal, this is a favorite amongst those who want to lose weight healthily. For this dish you would need to have a cup of frozen spinach, half a cup of beaten egg, fat free cheese, a few peppers of any colour, a cup of onions and a touch of pepper
In a pan sauté the onions and let it get soft. Now add the spinach and get the water removed. Take a muffin tin and use a cake paper to bake. Use the beaten egg, pepper and cheese with onions and spinach, well blended and in the bowl. The temperature to bake would be 350 degrees for twenty minutes. Healthy and yummy!
28. Cannelloni and Tuna:
Fish always help one lose weight and stay full at the same time. This time we would use tuna or you can use any fish you wish to. For this recipe, you would need a large tuna, a can of cannelloni beans, half a cup of capers, a large onion sliced, tomatoes diced, a tablespoon of olive oil, and five tablespoons of red wine, pepper and salt along with garlic to taste. In a bowl get all the above combined, add the oil and spices and toss well. Now bake for ten minutes and serve piping hot. The base of the plate should have spinach or lettuce, for crunchiness.
29. Low cal Chop Suey by Pat:
Chicken or turkey would be best for this dish, so use a pound of either. You also would need celery with leaves, chopped fine, half a cabbage chopped fine, and a large onion chopped fine. For the sauce, you would need two cups of purified water and two tablespoons of cornstarch. In a frying pan put the meat, veggies and onions, with the oil and sauté them all well. Mix the sauce in it and stir fry. This should be done in ten minutes, and it has low calories to keep your tummy full till the next meal.
30. Oatmeal in a Crockpot by Elaine:
For this recipe, you need to have two and a half cups of skimmed milk. You’d also need a packet of brown sugar, a little butter and salt to taste, along with a pinch of cinnamon. Add to this list a cup of oats, quart cup dry nuts and raisins. Mix the ingredients well tonight, and the next morning, get the crockpot greased. Put the mixed ingredients in the crockpot and on a low flame cook for three hours. Keep stirring occasionally.
31. Baked Chicken:
For this recipe, you would need four pieces of chicken breast, sixteen ounces of sauerkraut, and a few low fat cheese slices. Take a baking pan and spray it with a little oil, get the sauerkraut and the chicken layered, put in the cheese and salad, cover it with foil and let it bake for two hours at 300 degrees. Sprinkle a dash of lime when done and serve.
32. Baked Fish:
For this recipe, you would need four pounds of salmon, half a cup of fat free cream or mayonnaise, two tablespoons of parmesan cheese, sliced scallions and chives, and a tablespoon of Worchester sauce. Clean and dry the fish, and add to it cheese, mayo, chives and scallions along with the sauce. Take a dish and spray it with olive oil, put the marinated fish in it and cover with a foil. Bake the dish for fifteen minutes at 450 degrees. Add a dash of lime on it for taste.
33. Home Made Fruit Smoothies:
At breakfast there should be no compromise and if you want to lose weight, do it the healthy way. A smoothie would do fine since it balances the needs of the body and would help with weight loss too. Smoothies with the right ingredients would help the body gain important fibre, minerals, fatty acids, and vitamins as well. For this recipe, you would need a cup of rice milk, soy milk and orange juice each. Add to this list one banana, a cup of berries, a teaspoon of aloe vera juice, cherry juice and raw honey, and a teaspoon of flaxseeds. Blend the whole mix together for five minutes and serve with crushed ice.
34. Ground Meat Pies:
Lean meat all the way, makes you stay slim and fit. So what we would ask you to bring here is a pound of lean meat of your choice. Add to this list a chopped onion and herbs of your choice, with a teaspoon of Himalayan salt and pepper to taste. To keep the pies cohesive and from breaking, the white of an egg can be mixed. Now mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add bread crumbs; make small balls and cover in foil. In a bowl of hot water on slow fire dip the foiled balls and let them steam for ten minutes. Serve with lemon sauce and enjoy!
35. Fishball Soup:
Tuna or salmon minced well would also be good for the plate and waist. Add to this list a chopped onion and herbs of your choice, with a teaspoon of Himalayan salt and pepper to taste. To keep the balls cohesive and from breaking, the white of an egg can be mixed. Now mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add breads crumbs to it, make small balls and cover in foil. In a bowl of hot water which is on slow fire dip the foiled balls and let it steam for ten minutes. Serve vegetable broth and pepper sauce.
36. Simple Chicken Salad:
No dressings are needed here. All you have to do is shred five chicken breast pieces and add to it cayenne pepper and red chilli flakes, some cilantro and thyme too. Toss it well and spread it with shredded cabbage or spinach leaves. Delicious and healthy!!
37. Grilled Chicken Salad:
this could be the leftover grilled chicken to which a mashed boiled egg is added. Mince the two well in a blender and form a paste. Cut veggies of your choice, make them colourful and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix the paste and the veggies, toss with cilantro and thyme, and munch away.
38. Tuna Salad:
Tuna is a delicacy which helps lose weight too, and you can shred the fish by adding a few herbs of your choice to it. Steam the fish with herbs and keep aside, add to this a dash of lime with pepper and a little salt to taste. On a plate put spinach leaves and serve the delicacy.
39. Beef Roast:
Lean red meats such as beef would help with weight loss too. For this, you would need beef diced or cubes as much as you want, and soaked in curd overnight. The next morning, add spices such as pepper, garlic powder, chilli flakes and mustard. Toss well with raw onions and tomatoes, and let it steam for two hours on slow heat. Yummy and oil-free, which means no fats to make you fat
40. Lettuce and Egg Salad:
Chop a few leaves of lettuce and place it in the fridge. Cut an onion, a tomato and a slice a boiled egg. Add salt and pepper, with herbs of your choice to this content for taste. Toss them well, and spread it on the crispy lettuce leaves. Keeps you happy and filled all the way.
41. Bacon Wraps:
Pick a few bacon slices from the market, not the processed ones though. Wash and clean them, and to this add a chopped onion and tomato with cilantro and basil leaves. Salt and pepper to taste if you must, since bacon would have the salts you need. Wrap the bacon around the condiments and steam well for five minutes, the fats would melt and you have goodness in a wrap.
42. Egg and Fish Salad:
Three boiled eggs thinly sliced and a large tuna or salmon shredded to bits. Steam them both together and add salt, pepper and a dash of lime. Cover in foil and in a separate bowl use spinach and lettuce leaves as base. Pour the condiments on it and refrigerate for an hour. Eat it chilled!!
43. Egg and Tomato Sandwiches:
Brown bread half toasted with a dash of butter on it. Add a layer of spinach leaves and boiled egg slices over it to this. Take three slices of fresh tomatoes place them in between and grill it all. Remember, there are no pills and crash diets we would recommend since they are either chemically induced to reduce your weight or would be bad for your health. Nothing beats the pleasures of cooking your own low fat meals at home, eating them and being fit too.
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Homemade Supplements for Weight Loss:
It seems that the world has gone crazy and wants to use weight loss supplements found over the counter to lose weight. Did you know most supplements are a bunch of baloney, and they would do more harm than good to you in the long run?
Hence, we are here to help you find natural supplements and alternatives to lose weight and get into the shape you desire. To know more, please read on and be well-informed.
1. Coffee Anyone?
Coffee twice a day and before a meal can be a wonderful natural supplement to lose weight since it helps enhance the metabolism levels in the body and triggers fatty acids too. You could under your doctor’s advice also consume 150-300 mg of caffeine pills, such as ANC.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
A cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with a fresh fruit juice of your choice sans sugar, and drunk five times a day can help you lose weight soon, say experts. You can add a lime to it or a spice as well, or even dandelion root, and this would help with blood sugar stabilizing in the body, weight loss and toxins removal too.
3. Homemade Protein Shake:
Protein shakes when had between your meals would be the best snacking option that would help you stay fit. For this, you need to have a scoop of whey protein, with eight ounces of skimmed milk a banana, a cup of husk and crushed ice. Blend all of them into a smoothie and have it in the morning, you won’t be craving for a fill till late noon, say experts.
4. Red pepper and Cayenne Pepper:
The two peppers have plenty of L carnitine and amino acids in them. experts opine consuming them before a meal since it would also help with thermogenesis and fat burning. L-Carnitine can be had thrice a day, and the strength for the same would be different for everyone, so speak to your health expert.
5. Fish Oil:
Nothing beats the power of fish oils when it comes to burning fats in the body, say experts. The best health supplement with fish oils would be 2g ms of CLA, but please speak with your health experts before consuming them
6. Evening Primrose Oil:
In ancient times, gladiators and courtesans were famous for their sculpted bodies and talents. Most of them used natural supplements and used them in their daily diets too. For example, the evening primrose oil has properties to burn fat, similar to that of apple cider vinegar, say sources. The evening primrose oil helps burn fat and calories. The capsule should be taken in the morning or at night, before you workout on cardio, say experts.
7. Green Tea Capsules:
if you aren’t a tea drinker, you wouldn’t enjoy green tea as well, hence consuming capsules made from the herb would do fine. The extracts found in the capsules would help boost metabolism, which doesn’t allow the body to crave for food. 50 mg supplements are best to use for EGCG, and half an hour of exercise per day to be followed is a must to lose weight. Thrice a week when taken and frequently as told by the experts, you would see how your waistline runs small.
Stay healthy and stay gorgeous!!