Weight loss is often viewed as a huge challenge which requires one to be mindful of their diet and lifestyle at all times. While that might be necessary to an extent, it might not be as difficult as it may sound if you start with a little patience and consistency. A subtle tweak here and there in your diet and lifestyle might not be a huge deal to make it a mammoth of a challenge that thousands of links on the internet would have made it out to be.
While some of us are blessed with good metabolism which helps in losing whatever weight we have put on in a jiffy, others may take months and years. Whatever be the case, our diet always plays a crucial role in the process. One cannot just keep on noshing on greasy curries, parathas or fries while dreaming of a perfect physique. A high-protein, fibre-rich diet made with limited or no oil combined with wholesome, nutritious ingredients thrown in, makes for a healthy meal that may aid in weight loss. Here we have 11 delicious recipes divided for each meal that you can try at home, if you are looking to shed some kilos!
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11 Best Recipes That May Aid In Your Weight Loss Journey:
1. Oats and Matar Cheela
Perfect way to turn around boring oatmeal, this cheela is thick, loaded with nutrients and comes with the added goodness of peas. Brimming with protein, this cheela is an instant hit. Find the full recipe here.
2. Oats Idli
Low in carbs and high in protein, this snack is an ideal addition to your weight loss diet. This idli makes use of the ever-so nutritious oats, instead of a regular rice batter. Sound interesting, doesn't it? Click here for the recipe.
3. Matar Upma
Green peas or matar are low in calories and packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants like vitamin K, C, folate, manganese, protein and fibre. The best part is that they are supper versatile, and thus, you can add them to everything, from pulao to upma! Find the full recipe of matar upma here.
4. Egg Chaat
Egg is a powerhouse of nutrients including protein, good fats and vitamins. But not just that, eggs are also extremely versatile. This boiled egg chaat takes the versatility a step further with a delicious desi twist. It combines the goodness of eggs with interesting spices and condiments to give your taste buds a whole new experience. Click here for the full recipe.
1. Urad Dal Without Oil
Yes, you read that right. Dal can be made without oil! The staple Indian comfort food is a protein-rich meal that can be cooked in various ways yet nothing beats a simple bowl of urad dal. Full of fibre and protein, this urad dal recipe uses sour curd instead of oil to cook which will not only keep excess oil at bay but also adds a tinge of tanginess to the delicacy. Find the full recipe of urad dal without oil here.
2. Methi-Ajwain Paratha
We agree that parathas are often seen as greasy and fatty but you can always cut back on excess of everything when cooking at home. Don't you agree? This methi-ajwain paratha is enriched with abundance of good quality fibre in methi that keeps the weight in check. Click here for the full recipe.
3. Coconut Rice
Isn't coconut rice one of the most popular south Indian meals? Light, easy, aromatic and delicious, coconut rice can be made weight loss-friendly with some simple tweaks. This keto coconut rice made with cauliflower instead of regular rice is just what you need for a light and comforting meal! Find the full recipe video here.
4. Flaxseed Raita
A rich source of fibre, protein, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous among other nutrients and minerals, flaxseeds are just what you need on your way to healthy weight loss. The combination of lauki and flaxseed in this raita is a great one to facilitate weight loss. While flaxseeds help induce satiety, which in turn lessen our tendency to eat more, bottle gourd on the other hand is a low-calorie food. Click here for the full recipe.
A Konkani vegetable curry, the best part about Khatkhate is that it brims with nutritious veggies and is completely devoid of oil! A stew-like preparation, Khatkhate has veggies including carrot, radish and just any veggie you wish to add, simmered in a mix of dal, peas and spices. Find the full recipe here.
2. Chicken Masala Without Oil
Don't believe us? This recipe of chicken masala cooked without oil will make you believe! Fiery spices and luscious yogurt tossed together with chicken chunks results into a stellar chicken delicacy that is irresistible. This high-protein chicken delicacy is sure to satiate you for long! Click here for the recipe.
3. Oats Khichdi
India's favourite comfort food made into a high-protein, healthy one! Brimming with the goodness of oats, moong dal, carrot, green peas, tomatoes, chillies and olive oil, this hearty bowl of khichdi is sure to leave you healthy, happy and satiated. Find the full recipe of oats khichdi here.
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About Aanchal MathurAanchal doesn't share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.