When it comes to dinner, you aren’t just feeding yourself, but your family as well. If you are trying to lose weight, this can be difficult because you don’t want to make two separate meals. Luckily, there are some healthy and delicious dinners that your family will love, but that also burn more fat and help you to stay on track. Below are some tips on how to live your life healthy and naturally.
Salmon, Veggies, and Nuts
Salmon is one of the best types of protein you can eat. It is easy to cook, low in fat and calories, and delicious for everyone in the family. It will be light enough for you and help to burn fat, but your family will enjoy the delicious maple flavor. You can use maple syrup and vinegar plus a little Dijon mustard to make a marinade for the salmon that really brings out its flavors. Combine this salmon with your choice of veggies, whether you go with green beans and mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower medley, or a side salad. Top the salad with some chopped walnuts and almonds for crunch and added nutrients.
White Bean Chili
The reason this is a good dinner is because your family gets to enjoy chili with their own side, like their favorite type of rolls, while you get something hearty and nutritious. The white bean chili doesn’t use any meat in it unless you want to add some turkey or chicken, which makes it on the lighter side. It contains beans, lentils, and spices that burn more fat, like the white beans, quinoa, and some turmeric and ginger in there. You can add in any other spices or veggies that you want. Serve it alone or with a side salad.
1. 1 lb. ground turkey
2. 1 lb. ground beef
3. 3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
4. 3 (15 oz.) cans white beans, drained (black beans, kidney beans, your choice)
5. 1 cup of carrots, diced
6. 1 cup of bell peppers, diced
7. 1.5 small white onion, diced
8. 3 Tbsp. chili powder
9. Toppings: shredded cheese, chopped green onions, cilantro, etc.
1. In a large pot, cook ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned, stirring frequently. Drain the excess grease. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the onion is cooked and softened. Serve warm with additional toppings if desired.
2. Portion out for lunch and place in separate container, gather toppings in baggies/lunch ware. In the morning, heat up soup and pour into thermos. Place in lunchbox and you are done.
If you are looking for a high-protein dinner that is going to fill you up, but also make your family happy, try making some turkey burgers. Ground turkey when using the right seasonings, doesn’t take that different from beef. Your spouse and kids probably won’t even miss the beef! However, if you want lighter burgers but keep some of that beef flavor in, try doing half turkey and half beef. Combine it together and place them on a skillet or grill them up. Skip the cheese and mayonnaise, and instead use mustard which burns fat, along with plenty of vegetables and lettuce on the burger. Serve it with any healthy side dish your family will enjoy.
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Beth Nydick is a certified health coach, motivational speaker, author, founder of Blue Barn Kitchen Bars, and passionate health guru. She authored the top-selling Clean Cocktails, Righteous Recipes for the Modern Mixologist, a resource guide on all-things-cocktail for those who still want to enjoy a drink without undoing all their hard work at the gym or dinner table.
Her health-conscious Blue Barn Kitchen Bars are focused on using fresh, organic, and whole food ingredients to nourish anyone who craves naturally-delicious food and are available in stores throughout New Jersey.
Beth has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, The Chew, Star Ledger, NJ Monthly, Nylon Magazine, Tori Burch, and Oprah Magazine. Learn more at www.bluebarnkitchen.com & on Social Media @bethnydick @bluebarnkitchen .