Most of us nowadays prefer eating from outside- a trend that has encouraged unhealthy eating habits and problems like obesity and what not. As tempting as food ordered from outside might sound, it is extremely unhealthy, loaded with calories, and is unhygienic and so, should be avoided completely. However, most of us choose to ignore this fact and go with it anyway. As intimidating as it may sound, one out of every 5 people suffers from obesity which is quite high. One major reason for this is of course the shift in eating habits as it is easier to access. It is because of this why most of us have stopped conventional cooking altogether as it takes more time effort where ordering from outside is easier and we all love it anyway.
I personally agree it’s a lot harder giving up on a lifestyle that involves unhealthier eating. Preparing a healthy meal feels less fancy and less attractive because it’s just leaves and boiled eggs, but let me break it to you, it’s all in our head. The trick is to prepare a meal yourself, healthy meals are generally more fulfilling and loaded with added nutritional benefits that promote weight loss and calories. Diet along can have a positive impact on your mood and an outlook on life as a whole. To give you a different perspective we have outlined a few quick and easy fat burning recipes that can be prepared in no time and are extremely delicious and loaded with nutrition.
Cabbage Fat Burning Soup
This cabbage soup is packed with fresh vegetables and is fat-free and packed with full of healthy ingredients like tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and others. The soup should be incorporated in your daily meals as it is loaded with nutrition, has a lot of vegetables, and is low-fat. To prepare this soup you will need:
- 5 Carrots, chopped – 3 onions- chopped
- 1 can cut green beans (drained) – 2 quarts tomato juice
- 1 can chicken/beef broth – 2 green peppers, diced
- 1 large cabbage, chopped – 10 stalks celery chopped
Add carrots, onions, cabbage, green beans, peppers, and celery in a large pot. Then add tomato juice, broth and water enough to cover the entire ingredients. Simmer until vegetables are tender and serve hot, you can store it for several days as well.
Banana Bran Muffins
- We all have a sweet tooth and if your sugar cravings are getting out of hands, this is the recipe for you. These banana bran muffins are healthy yet yummy and an amazing dessert to have. To prepare this you will need
- 2 large eggs
- ⅔ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas, (2 medium)
- 1 cup buttermilk, (see Ingredient notes)
- 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran, (see Ingredient notes)
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chocolate chips, (optional)
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts, (optional)
Preheat the oven at 200 degrees and grease 12 muffin cups. Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a bowl until fluffy and risen. Then add bananas, buttermilk, wheat bran, oil and vanilla. In a separate bowl add all the dry ingredients including whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Now add all the ingredients together and mix using a spatula. Stir in the chocolate chips as well and scoop out the batter into the muffin tray one by one and sprinkle walnuts on top if you are using them. Bake the muffins for 15-25 min till golden brown and cool before taking them out from the tray and your banana muffins are ready!
Berry Chia pudding
As people are becoming more and more aware of the nutritional benefits of these seeds the more they are incorporating it in their meals. This pudding is packed with vitamins, fatty acids and minerals perfect for weight loss. This pudding can be taken as a snack or in breakfast as well. To make this you will need:
- 1¾ cups blackberries, raspberries and/or diced mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or any milk
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon pure honey
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup whole-milk plain Greek yogurt
Blend in berries and milk in an electric mixer and turn it into a puree and pour it into a bowl. Then add chia, honey and vanilla. Cover it and refrigerate it for a minimum of 8 hours and then for serving divide it into four portions and top each with either the leftover fruits or yogurt, depending on your own preference. This is perfect for weight loss and loaded with nutrition and what’s better is it can be consumed between the meals or for those extra cravings.
Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
It is a breakfast recipe packed with low-fat carbs an alternative to white flour. You can experiment with this recipe by adding or using other types of whole grains like oats and others or to increase the nutritional value you can add 3 teaspoons of flaxseeds or chia seeds. To prepare this you will need:
- 1½ cups white whole-wheat flour
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar/honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Start by putting dry ingredients separately in a bowl which includes flour, chocolate chips, baking powder, and soda, and salt. Whisk eggs, buttermilk, banana, oil, sugar, and vanilla together in a separate bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the mixture and mix until combined. Let the batter stay for 10 minutes before cooking, this will allow them to be more fluffy. Spray your pan and cook your pancakes on medium heat. Top them with berries or fruits or honey.
Peanut Butter and Apple Cinnamon Toast
One of my favorite recipes, it is easy and can be eaten between meals as a snack or as a meal itself. To make this you will need a whole-wheat or bran bread, peanut butter, a pinch of ground cinnamon, and a sliced apple. All you have to do is spread the peanut butter on the toast, arrange the apple slices and sprinkle cinnamon on top and it is ready.
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