5 Recipes to Help You Lose Weight


One of the more difficult aspects of dieting can be feeing deprived of foods that you enjoy. This feeling can lead to cheating on your diet, overeating or indulging in foods that are not very good for you. However, if you have delicious healthy recipes to choose from for your menu, this feeling of deprivation is not a problem. The delicious dishes below are easy to make and will trick you into thinking that you’re not dieting at all!
Chicken Risotto

  • 6 c. chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mixed herbs
  • 1 c. Arborio rice, soaked in water for 15 minutes
  • 1 c. small tomatoes
  • ½ c. diced onions
  • 1 tsp. crushed cashew nuts
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 c. cooked, shredded chicken breast
  • Olive oil

In one skillet, saute onion and herbs, then add cashews and tomatoes, then the rice, salt and pepper. Saute for another 5 minutes, then add chicken broth and cook until rice is done. In a second skillet, saute chicken with salt and pepper until done. After rice is cooked, mix in chicken and serve.

Apple Nog

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 c. fresh apple juice
  • 2 tsp. low fat cream
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Put first two ingredient in pan with indirect heat and heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk until frothy and pour into glasses. Whisk cream into a bowl and add it to the nog, then top with nutmeg.



  • 4 chopped tomatoes
  • 2 diced onions
  • 1 tsp. crushed garlic
  • 2-4 chopped spring onions
  • 1 c. diced cucumber
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh herbs (mix of thyme, basil, coriander, marjoram)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil

Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth. Pour into bowls and garnish with additional cut spring onions and fresh herbs. Serve with crusty brown bread.

Sprouts Salad

  • 1 c. Moong sprouts
  • 1 c. pea sprouts
  • ½ c. bean sprouts
  • ½ c. chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 c. chopped tomato
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. chopped green chilies
  • 1 tsp. grated Parmesan
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh herbs like coriander or parsley
  • ½ tsp. olive oil.

Mix all ingredients together and serve!

Salmon Salad

  • 4 oz. smoked salmon
  • 2 c. blanched spinach
  • 1 cup chopped mixed herbs (rosemary, oregano, parsley and coriander)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • ½ c. chopped bell pepper
  • 1 c. chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

Mix together all ingredient but salmon. Cut salmon and add to salad then serve.

The recipes above have everything you could ask for and are both tasty and simple to prepare. These dishes can all be made in less than 20 minutes, so they can fit in to even the busiest schedules. And although they are all incredibly healthy, their delicious flavors will make you feel like you are really indulging yourself!

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Samriti has written a number of articles and blog posts for websites and print in the health industry. The majority of this writing was related to cancer information, blood pressure and healthy living.