Recipes to Boost Weight Loss and Curb Cravings

As you all know, I have a wedding coming up in about six months.

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I’ve been making some huge changes in my diet and training so I can look the best in my dress and thought I’d share some recipes!

(By the way, I was able to order my dress in a size smaller because of all of my hard work!)

Recipe #1: A refreshing Strawberry-Orange-Cucumber mocktail!

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How to make: Using either a food processor or blender, dice one small cucumber, 2-4 large strawberries (depending on how sweet and heavy you like it) a small amount of pineapples (again depends on your tastebuds– you can leave pineapple out completely), 1/2 cup of orange juice (strive for the least sugar or juice real oranges) and a splash of ginger ale for a spritzy taste. To get the layered effect above, blend each diced fruit on its own and pour into cup. I usually just mix it all together. The more orange juice and ginger ale = less thickness. You can change out ingredients that you’re not fond of, but I recommend keeping cucumber and something sweet to balance.

The acidity in this drink will help boost metabolism and burn fat as well as the fiber from strawberries. Cucumbers have an enormous amount of benefits for your body, skin and hair and contain plenty of water for hydration. This makes about two servings so save one for later or share with a friend!

Recipe #2: Roasted Broccoli

I have never liked broccoli, but I LOVE roasted broccoli. Unfortunately, I have no picture to show you because I always eat it before I remember to snap a pic.

I found this recipe from Food Network but altered it a bit after the first time. Your oven has to be pretty hot– I usually set mine to 400 degrees F. For about a pound of broccoli, use the following measurements and adjust according to how much you want to make.

Grab some panko breadcrumbs, about 1/4 cup and let them toast in the oven for a few minutes. They’ll burn if you let them sit in there too long! (If you don’t have breadcrumbs, you can grind up tortilla chips or just eliminate them.)

Cut broccoli into small pieces (big enough to snack on with your hands though). Pour two tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder or garlic salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and a dash of salt over broccoli in a bowl and mix really well. Add toasted breadcrumbs to the mix and then put it in the oven! Crispy broccoli should be done in 10-15 minutes.

We all know the benefits of broccoli: It not only boosts metabolism and helps with weight loss, but builds a strong immune system and is a cancer-fighting food. Roasting may cook out some of the good properties, but it’s better than eating french fries!

#3: The One-Minute Single-Serving Cake 

I’ve posted this one before, but had it recently again and had to re-post! This little cake recipe is about 50 calories and is just enough to help you when that sweet craving hits.

You need: angel food cake mix + another kind of cake mix (you choose!)

The key to doing this right is having half of each cake mixed equally– you can make a big bag full of equal parts or eyeball like I do sometimes since I don’t want a huge bag full of it.

Add 3 tablespoons of the mixture in a coffee cup along with two tablespoons of water, mix really well and microwave on high for 1 minute. Voila!

Sometimes I will add cinnamon to some vanilla pudding to top it and some crushed almonds mixed with a tiny bit of coconut oil and brown/coconut sugar for some crunch. Almonds are good for you, too!

 

Have you tried any of these? What simple, healthy recipes do you like?

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Recipes to Boost Weight Loss and Curb Cravings

  1. OMG! The one serving cake sounds like the PERFECT thing. When you get a craving for something sweet, it seems like the most perfect and satisfying thing. Now the pomegranates are coming back into season, I love Pomegranate seeds and applesauce. I’ll pulse an apple in a food processor and just add pom seeds to it. it’s such a fresh snack and easy to make.

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    1. Mila,

      Thanks for reading and that sounds amazing!! I’ve only had fresh pomegranate once, believe it or not–but I know it’s extremely good for you. I’ve also heard (from my trainer) that light cream cheese, with low-fat Reddi Whip and honey graham crackers is a good sweet snack, but I haven’t tried it yet.

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