Home cooking is the most effective thing you can do to lose weight!
You don’t need any kitchen skills to start cooking, you only need some motivation and a couple of simple recipes. Start small, and prepare two homemade meals this weekend; I know you’ll enjoy them!
Enjoy the experience of preparing and sharing a meal made by you. Your friends will like it, your family will love it, and your body will highly appreciate it. Embrace the habit and enjoy the pleasure of home cooking,
To motivate and inspire you, I will share two recipes with you here, every Friday. Each one will be quick, easy, and, of course healthy!
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Low Carb Dinner
I don’t eat a lot of meat, but when I do, I really enjoy steak. Steak is high in protein, rich in iron, and if you by lean steak, relatively low in fat too. It’s also gluten and carb-free.
Quick and simple, this is a great dinner that I know you and your family will love.
Low Sugar Dessert & Smoothie for breakfast
Giving up bad habits can be hard. I know – I’ve had to work hard to give up some bad habits of my own! Habits are very comfortable and make us feel good which is why they can be tough to break. For example, if you always have a candy bar for your mid-morning snack, it can be hard to forgo that treat as doing so can make you feel unhappy.
A lot of people say that the best way to break a bad habit is to just quit it and go “cold turkey.” While this can work, it’s often tough to stick to.
I prefer to substitute a bad habit with a good one instead. For example, instead of having ice cream for dessert, have natural, low-fat yogurt instead. Instead of a mid-morning candy bar, try a banana. Chew gum anytime you feel like smoking.
In my experience, this kind of habit swapping is much easier than going cold turkey. Try it and see if it works for you too.
Raw lunch & Low sugar dessert
I’m often asked how often do you need to exercise to lose weight. Some people think they need to do hours of exercise each week to lose weight and get fit. And while exercise can help with weight loss, the truth is that if you eat healthily, you don’t really need to exercise a lot to maintain or even lose your weight.
When you exercise, you burn calories, but not that many. For example, an average 30-minute workout will burn about 300-400 calories, and many use considerably less than this.
In contrast, eating less sugar, less saturated fat, and less processed food, and eating more unprocessed food can save you the same number of calories per day.
A lot of people exercise and still don’t lose weight. Why? Because they don’t change the way they eat. It’s very easy to wipe out the calorie-burning benefits of your workout by eating just a single serving of junk food.
I am a big fan of exercise – it’s really good for your health, but exercise is NOT compulsory for weight loss. In fact, if you eat right, you might not need to exercise at all. Although, in my opinion, everyone should do 20-30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times per week just to stay healthy, fit, and strong.
Vegetarian Dinner & Low-carb Lunch
Do you have friends who want to eat healthily but then say they can’t? Do they tell you they don’t have time to cook healthy meals or that healthy eating is either expensive or time-consuming?
I used to think like this. But then, feeling fat and unhealthy, I decided that even if it DID take more time or cost more money, I had to start eating better if I wanted to be slimmer and healthier. I was finally fed up with feeling tired, ill, unhappy, and bloated all the time.
I started thinking about how I spent my time and money and realized that I could spend these things more wisely and get a lot of benefits in return.
Spending an extra 15 minutes on making a healthy breakfast gives me more energy for the entire day so I can be more productive compared to when I eat sugary cereal.
Spending money on a gym membership and then spending 3-4 hours per week exercising means I sleep better and feel fitter and stronger seven days a week.
Buying less processed food, eating less sugar, and making my own dinner every night cost me a little more time and money but I haven’t been sick in over two years and have saved a lot of money on doctor’s fees.
So, does eating healthily and exercising cost money and time? Sometimes, yes! But you get so much back that this ends up being a very smart investment!
Low-carb Breakfast & Raw Dessert
One of the hardest things to overcome when you are eating for weight loss is hunger. Hunger can ruin your willpower and leave you reaching for a high calorie snack. Do this often enough and you’ll find yourself gaining weight and not losing it!
Scientists have studied hunger and, specifically, the best foods for keeping hunger at bay. They call it the satiety index. The satiety index awards foods a score based on how filling they are compared to a slice of white bread.
Foods like high-sugar cereals and refined pastries score less than white bread, meaning they aren’t very filling at all.
In contrast, foods like high protein eggs, oatmeal, and wholegrain pasta and rice are much more filling and score much higher than white bread.
I’ve been saying this a lot in my recent posts – that sugar is not filling and is added to foods to make you eat more, increasing food industry profits along the way. The most filling foods are mostly unprocessed, high in fiber, protein, or water, and low in calories.
Build your meals around foods that are high on the satiety index and kiss hunger goodbye!
Smoothie Breakfast + Veggie Dinner
I’m often asked what the best type of exercise for weight loss is. My answer surprises most people: it’s the one you enjoy the most.
Sure, running burns more calories than walking, and CrossFit may burn more calories than running, but none of this matters if you don’t enjoy your workout.
For a workout to help you lose weight, or more specifically to burn fat, you need to do it regularly. Not just for a day, a week, or a month, but for the foreseeable future. And for that to happen, you will have to enjoy it.
I love to run and do yoga – they are my favorite types of exercise. But I know other people who prefer to lift weights in the gym, and others who play soccer and basketball for exercise.
It really doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you do it regularly. Find a type of exercise you enjoy and make it part of your life!
Smoothie Breakfast + Soup Dinner
Do weigh yourself regularly? Do you track your weight or worry about gaining or losing a few pounds? If so, you might be worrying about something that isn’t actually that important.
Your bodyweight is made up of lots of different components, including muscle weight, bone weight, water weight, skin weight, and the weight of your internal organs. Of course, out of all these things, the only thing you really want to lose is fat.
When you lose weight, your scales cannot tell you what has changed in your body. You might be a pound or two heavier than normal because you’ve eaten or drunk something, or you could be a pound or two lighter because you have peed more than usual. Your scale weight can change literally from hour to hour.
Instead to worrying about your scale weight, pay more attention to how you feel and how you look. If you feel healthy and you like the way you look, it really doesn’t matter what you weigh.
And as for weight loss? Fat loss is much more important.
Sugar-Free Dessert + Slow-Cooker Dinner
According to the media and a lot of nutrition experts, if you want to lose weight, diet foods can help. By diet foods, I mean things like diet soda, low-fat cookies, and sugar-free candy. But if those foods really DO help people lose weight, why are overweight and obesity statistics increasing every year?
The truth is that these modified foods are not much better than the regular ones. In many cases, fat is replaced with sugar, and sugar is replaced with artificial sweeteners. This is neither helpful for weight loss or healthy.
Many diet foods create something called a “health halo” which means you end up eating more than normal because you mistakenly believe diet foods are much lower in calories and healthier. A diet cookie might contain 10% fewer calories, but if you eat four instead of one, you’ll end up consuming a whole lot more calories than you realize.
So, forget the diet foods and learn to make your own healthy, nutritious meals and snacks instead. That’s why I’m so passionate about sharing great recipes with you. Diet foods? Just say NO!
Low-Carb Dinner + Gluten-Free Dinner
When most people talk about nutrition, they mainly focus on the food they eat. After all, food is your main source of nutrients and calories so that makes sense. However, it’s also important that you also think about what you drink as well as what you eat.
What you drink can have a big impact on your health and your weight, but a lot of people don’t even count drinks as part of their diet.
For example, a can of soda contains as much as 30 grams of more of sugar and over 120 calories. That’s a regular-size 8 oz. can of soda; a “Big Gulp”-type fast food cup can contain four or more times that amount.
Blended coffee drinks are not much better. An iced coffee with syrup and whipped cream can contain 500 calories or more; that’s the same as a decent-sized meal.
Alcohol and fruit juices made from concentrate are just as bad.
That’s why I try to drink mostly calorie-free beverages such water, tea, and plain coffee. If I drink anything that contains calories, I make it myself – such as smoothies, and freshly-squeezed fruit juice.
Don’t let high-calorie drinks derail your weight loss or make you unhealthy. Contrary to what a lot of people think, liquid calories count the same way food calories do.
Juice Breakfast + Low Carb Quick Lunch
You can’t see vitamins and minerals, and you can’t taste them, and yet they are arguably the most important nutrients in the food you eat. Without adequate vitamins and minerals in your diet, you are much more likely to be unhealthy.
Despite containing no calories, vitamins and minerals are essential for almost every reaction in your body. They act like spark plugs in your car and activate the nutrients in your food and enzymes in your body so that everything runs smoothly.
In fact, some vitamins and minerals are so important that not consuming enough can lead to specific illnesses. For example, insufficient vitamin C can lead to a disease of the immune system called scurvy, and lack of calcium in children could cause a bone disease called rickets.
I make sure I eat several different vegetables and fruits two or three times a day to make sure I get all the vitamins and minerals I need to keep me healthy. This is sometimes a lot of work but the fact that I haven’t had a cold in over a year makes me think my effort is being rewarded.
Lactose-free lunch + No Carbs Dinner
I’m often amazed at how hard some people make eating healthily. They create these rules and laws, none of which are based on science, saying what you are allowed and not allowed to eat. And to make matters worse, the rules keep changing!
One day fat is unhealthy, and we should all eliminate fats from our diets and then, the next day, some fats are okay, but others are not.
And what about carbs? The government-approved food pyramid is built on a foundation of carbohydrates and yet most weight loss experts say that carbs can make you fat and cutting carbs is a good way to lose weight.
Confusing, isn’t it?
That’s why I do my own research and then publish my findings here on Days to Fitness. I want to be the voice of nutritional reason, and not add to the confusion.
I like to keep things simple for the readers of Days to Fitness. That doesn’t mean the information I share with you isn’t scientifically accurate. It’s just that most people don’t care about all that stuff. They just want to know what to eat for health and weight loss.
And the best way to do that? Publishing easy, great-tasting recipes of course!
Veggie Grab-n-go Lunch and Gluten-free Dinner
How many times have you had to eat something unhealthy or fattening, just because nothing else was available? Eating healthily should be simple, and usually, it is – providing you make your own food. But, if you forget your lunch, have to eat on the go, or just find yourself hungry when you are out and about, finding healthy food to eat can be hard, if not impossible.
That’s why I try and make as much of my own food as possible and take it with me almost wherever I go. That way, if I have to eat away from home, I know what I eat will do me good and not lead to fat gain.
I’m the first person to admit that food preparation is a challenge at times, but it’s not that hard if you are organized and think ahead. For example, I make sure I have a bag of raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in the glovebox of my car and my drawer at work for snacks, and I use my slow cooker to bulk-cook food which I then freeze for mealtime emergencies.
If you are serious about eating healthily, you need to get serious about planning and preparing healthy food, and Days to Fitness is here to help!
Raw Super Salad and Low-Carb Avocado Boats
Do you struggle to find healthy, easy to make, tasty meals to eat? I know I do! That’s why I’m always scouring the internet for recipes – not just for you, but for me too. The truth is I find healthy eating as hard as you do, and whenever I find a new, healthy, delicious recipe to try it makes me really happy. After all, we all hate boring and complicated meals, right?
Of course, not all the recipes are as good as I hoped, and some of them are downright terrible, but I save all the best ones so that I can share them with you.
That’s why I’m always happy when readers of Days to Fitness let me know they’ve tried the recipes I share and tell me that they love them as much as I do. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.
So, if you have tried any of them, please share them with your friends and tell me about it in the comments section below. Between us, we can get more people enjoying healthy food and that’s a very good thing to do.
Raw Vegan Sugar-Free Brownies and Carrot Cake
Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no bake, no eggs, and no refined sugar; these two delicious recipes are totally guilt-free and yet really tasty and very healthy.
These two recipes are very quick and easy to make. They are a great introduction to the beautiful world of delicious, raw dessert recipes.
To make things as easy for you as possible, I’ve published a quick video for each recipe. That way you can see just how simple it is to make this raw carrot cake and these delicious raw brownies.
Smoothie for Lunch (lactose & gluten free) & Veggie Soup for Dinner
A lot of people think that healthy eating is difficult or expensive. Some people even think it’s boring. I know; I used to be one of them! For several years I ate almost nothing other than processed foods or food made in restaurants. After eating like this for a time, I gained a lot of weight and my health really suffered.
With low energy, frequent headaches, lots of bloating, and feeling very unhappy, I decided enough was enough and started buying fewer processed foods and making more of my meals myself.
At first, this was both expensive and time-consuming but, little by little, I learned how to make better use of my time and money so I could create healthy meals in minutes for just a couple of dollars.
Tools like slow cookers, and blenders, really helped, as did planning my meals in advance. You’ll find lots of other labor-saving tips here on Days to Fitness.
So, is healthy eating expensive, time consuming, or boring? Absolutely not! That’s why I’ve made it my mission to share all these easy but healthy recipes with you.
Powerful Juice for Breakfast & Lentil Soup for Dinner
Exercise is vital for your health. In fact, people who don’t exercise are more likely to suffer diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure than those who don’t. The trouble is that most of us have sedentary jobs (me included!) and so we are inactive all day, every day.
Exercise is a replacement for the physical activity that technology has removed from your life. If you have a physically-demanding job, like you work in construction, you might not need to work out at all. But if you work in an office you probably need to start working out more.
You don’t need to do a lot of exercises to boost your health, and it doesn’t need to be hard, but you should try and do something every day. Just choose an activity you enjoy and get started!
Good options include yoga (I’ve published a free guide for yoga for beginners here), walking or running, and home workout routines.
There is no denying the importance of good nutrition, but exercise is also vital for your health and wellbeing. It’ll help you control your weight too!
Lactose-Free Pizza & Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna
My mother once told me something very important: if you like eating, you have to like cooking too! These are words I live by.
I love eating but I love my health too, so I’ve worked hard to learn how to make healthy food to eat. In my opinion, it’s only by cooking your own food that you can take control of exactly what you eat.
Yes, you could buy commercially-made healthy foods but a) they are often expensive, and b) they don’t always contain the ingredients you want or may even contain ingredients you don’t want!
If you care about your health or your weight, and cannot afford to hire a 24/7 personal chef, you need to prepare most of your food yourself.
That’s why I’m so passionate about sharing recipes with you – I want you to enjoy your food, be healthy, and have fun to learn new recipes. I’ve tested each and every one of them and given them my Sarah seal of approval. Because of this, you know they’ll be tasty, healthy, and easy to make!
Low Carb Breakfast & Raw Dinner
Do you take multivitamin tablets? Me too! I think of them as a nutritional safety blanket that ensures I get all the nutrients I need to stay healthy. After all, with even the best intentions, it’s all-too easy to miss a healthy meal and end the day being deficient in vital vitamins or minerals.
It’s important to remember, however, that even the best multivitamin tablet cannot compare to what Mother Nature packs into vegetables and fruits. Foods like bell peppers, spinach, oranges, and all those other amazing veggies and fruits should be your primary source of daily nutrients. That’s why most experts agree that you should eat at least five portions a day – and preferably double that amount.
But, when choosing your fruits and vegetables, it’s important that you select a variety of different colours for your meals. Why? Because the colours are indicative of the different nutrients they contain. That’s why, every day, I make sure I eat red, yellow, orange, and green vegetables and fruits. If you do this too, you’ll always get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wraps & Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata
If you want to lose weight, the last thing you should do is follow a faddish, restrictive diet. Eating plans that promise fast fat loss are rarely sustainable. In fact, many make you gain weight because you end up so hungry.
The best way to lose weight is to eat foods you enjoy, that fill you up, and that you can stick with for as long as it takes to reach your target weight. Even the best diet is not worth the paper it’s printed on if you can’t stick to it!
That’s why I am a big fan of healthy eating. Healthy eating can lead to weight loss even when that’s not your main goal. When you eat less sugar, fewer trans fats, and more natural food, you give your body exactly what it needs to function properly, and that makes it easier for your body to regulate your metabolism and burn unwanted fat.
The next time you are thinking about going on another crazy diet, instead just try to eat more healthily. You’ll lose weight anyway, and you’ll actually enjoy the meals you make!
Raw Zucchini noodles & Gluten-Free White Bean Soup
You are what you eat. I don’t know who uttered these immortal words first, but they were really onto something important. The moment you grasp the truth behind the words, the moment you understand how important the food you eat is to your health.
You are what you eat basically means that everything you eat becomes part of you. If you eat healthy food, you too will be healthy. But, if you eat foods laden with sugar, artificial chemicals, trans fats, and other unhealthy ingredients, you have to expect that they’ll make you unhealthy.
That’s why I have such a big interest in nutrition; I think you can avoid and treat a lot of illnesses by eating right. As that other famous nutrition saying goes: let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.
A lot of people think healthy eating is hard or complicated but, really, it’s not. That’s why I love sharing easy but delicious recipes with you, and here are two more for you to enjoy!
Moroccan Turkey Salad & Rainbow Raw Veggie Salad
I can’t believe it’s February already! January went so fast. If, like me, you ate a lot of lovely but not always healthy food over the holidays at the end of last year, you are probably thinking that it’s time to start dropping a few pounds and eating more healthily again. Good idea!
In lots of ways, January is a terrible time to start a new eating plan. Why? Because after all those holiday goodies, the change from unhealthy to healthy eating is just too big. You’ve probably even got sweets, cookies, and other holiday foods left over.
But, by February, all those holiday foods are gone, and you should feel more than ready to start making changes to your diet.
This is why I think so many healthy eating New Year’s resolutions don’t stick; there are too many temptations. But, wait a month, and you’ll have fewer nutritional barriers standing in your way.
Here are two great recipes to try that aren’t just healthy, they are tasty and easy to make too!
Veggie breakfast bake & Easy Vegan Black Bean Veggie Burgers
This week, I want to share two of my newest, most favorite recipes with you. I’ve made both of these dishes for myself, my family, and my friends, and they were big hits every time! It’s always nice to find recipes that become instant favorites; especially if they are as healthy and easy to make as they are tasty.
The weekend is the perfect time to try out new recipes, but it’s always a shame when something you thought was going to turn out great doesn’t turn out very well at all. That’s why I hope you’ll try my recipes, because I only share the very best ones with you!
Strawberry-cress salad & Naturally Sweet Lemon Ginger Beet Juice
Time is a valuable commodity – even at the weekend. Yes, it’s a good time to relax and spend some time making new recipes for your friends and family to enjoy, but it’s also a good time to get out of your kitchen, out of your house, and do something fun instead.
Maybe, instead of cooking, you could try a new, healthy restaurant, go and watch an inspirational movie, or just go for an energizing walk. After all, free time at the weekend should be spent doing what you WANT to do, and not things you’d rather NOT do!
This week’s recipes are both raw so no cooking is required. That’ll save you time while still giving you some great food to enjoy.
Swiss Chard with Chickpeas and Couscous & Smoky Mustard-Maple Salmon
How many of you reading this eat your dinner sat in front of the TV? If the statistics are to be believed, it’s a very large percentage. Not so many decades ago, most people ate their meals while sitting at a dining table, and in the company of their family. Conversations were lively, and it was a great opportunity to catch up on your loved one’s lives.
Fast forward to today, and most people don’t even speak during meal times as they are too engrossed in whatever they are watching on Netflix, or are busy updating their social media page.
Don’t get me wrong, I like TV, and am a big fan of social media too, but I don’t think either of them are good replacements for quality family time.
This weekend, why not make one of these wonderful dinner recipes, serve it at a dining table, and eat it together with your family or friends. TV dinners? Just say no!
Avocado and nectarine salad & Grilled apple and Swiss cheese sandwich
Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do for your family, friends, and yourself. By eating healthily, you will be healthy too, and that means you’ll live a longer, more productive life, with less illness and fewer doctor’s visits. I can’t think of a more important gift you can give to those people you love.
But, healthy cooking is often seen as time-consuming or boring. I don’t believe this is true! If you seek out good ingredients and simple recipes, you should have no problem creating tasty, healthy meals in minutes, that are easy enough that anyone can make them.
Here are two simple but healthy recipes to try this weekend!
Zesty lamb chops with crushed kidney beans & Easy Mediterranean chicken
I love cooking new and interesting things at the weekend. During the week, I often eat food that I have batch-cooked or slow cooked on Sunday, as I’m usually too short of time to make a healthy evening meal from scratch. However, that all changes at the weekend.
But, I don’t want to spend my entire weekend shopping for hard-to- find ingredients, or chained to the kitchen stove! I want my weekend meals to be tasty and enjoyable, but also relatively easy and simple.
The weekend recipes I want to share with you today meet all those criteria, and I know you are going to love them!
Egg Buffet Bites & Tortilla Pinwheels
This Egg Buffet Bites recipe makes a wonderful appetizer, or you could just serve it as a snack with drinks. It’s savory and very moreish so make sure you do enough of them for all your guests!
This 8 Ingredients Tortillas recipe is super simple, takes minutes to prepare, but will impress your guests. I hope you enjoy making them just as much as your guests will enjoy eating them!
Whole roast cauliflower & Christmas Stollen Cake
If you want a change from the normal Christmas meat-fest, make sure you give this Whole roast cauliflower recipe a try.
One of the things I discovered was a sort of bready cake called Stollen. It’s a rich, crusty dough loaded with fruit and spices, and it’s utterly delicious.
Lentil Stuffed Squash & Cinnamon Christmas Star Cookies
Try this lentil stuffed squash recipe. I love it, my family love it, my friends love it, and I’m sure you’ll love it too!
6 Ingredients – Super Easy Christmas Recipe. This recipe is super-easy, and the perfect way to spend some quality time with the children in your life.
Italian Roast Vegetables & Easy British Mince Pies
Roast vegetables might seem like an unusual choice for Christmas but, in so many ways, it’s absolutely perfect. I will tell you how and why.
If you fancy trying something different this Christmas, I thoroughly recommend mince pies. Why not make them with your kids? They really are that easy to make!
Bacon and Apple Flatbreads & Egg Pesto Breakfast Wrap
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast sets you up for doing what you need to get done, providing vital energy until lunchtime. And yet, despite its importance, a lot of people skip breakfast altogether, or just grab a bowl of sugary cereal or a pastry.
Missing breakfast, or eating something that is high in sugar, will lead to a mid-morning energy slump, hunger, and often weight gain too. Statistically, people who eat breakfast are slimmer than those who don’t. This is because breakfast eaters don’t tend to eat high-calorie snacks in the middle of the morning when they start to feel hungry and tired.
This week, I’ve got two great breakfast recipes for you, so you have no excuse for skipping this most crucial morning meal.
November 24, Waffle maker omelet & lemon-chicken Caesar salad
Do you find healthy eating a chore? I used to too! After a lot of frustration, I discovered the secret to eating healthily every single day – make it easy, and make it tasty!
If you do these two things, you’ll quickly find that healthy eating is no big deal. In fact, with the right recipes and kitchen equipment, you can make healthy eating easier than eating unhealthily.
In this weekend’s recipes, I share a super-easy way to make perfect, healthy omelets, and one of the best salad recipes you’ll ever eat. Both are ready in minutes, and so that you don’t need to be a good chef to make them.
Eating well is probably the most important thing you can do for your health. Every time you eat healthy food, you give your body everything it needs to function properly, and that means less illness, no weight gain, and more energy. In short, eating healthily will make you happy!
Try these recipes today to see just how easy healthy cooking can be.
November 3, Bacon-wrapped jalapeno & Raspberry Smoothie Bowl
Losing weight is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being overweight is linked to a great many diseases, and can significantly shorten your lifespan. That’s why so much of the information on Days to Fitness is about weight loss.
However, losing weight is only part of the battle; you need to keep it off too. Of course, once you have lost weight, you can relax your diet a little, and eat a few of the foods that were off limits when you were dieting. But, it’s also important to remember that you don’t want to eat so much you regain all the weight you have just lost.
Today’s recipes are very diet-friendly and will help you keep any weight off that you have lost. They are, however, super tasty as well as being healthy and low in calories.
Make these recipes this weekend and share them with your family and friends; they won’t believe how good healthy food can taste!
October 27, Potato Soup & Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge
This weekend I have two very easy recipes for you to try; one for a light lunch, and the other for dessert. If you are new to home cooking, these are great recipes to start with because they really are very simple!
Cooking your own food is uniquely satisfying, and nothing beats the feeling of sitting down to eat something you have made yourself. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan – we all make mistakes in the kitchen! But, every mistake is a learning process.
I remember the time when I was preparing dinner for my friends, and put all the ingredients in my slow cooker before going out for the day, relax knowing that, when I returned later in the day, dinner would be ready.
Of course, it helps if you turn your slow cooker on! I came home to an uncooked meal and we ended up going out for dinner instead. That’s why I now use a programmable slow cooker!
Enjoy this weekend’s recipes – I know I did!
October 20, Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie & Caprese Salad on a Stick
One of the hardest parts about eating healthily is getting started. You know you should eat more vegetables, whole grains, fruits, good fats, and lean protein, but making the change from eating a lot of processed food to eating food that will help you look and feel better can be a big step.
I believe that one of the best times to start eating healthily is at the weekend. Why? Because you have more time on your hands to make good food to eat. With no work or school to worry about, you should be more relaxed, and better able to spend some extra time in the kitchen.
With that in mind, this weekend’s recipes are designed to kick-start your healthy eating regimen. I’ve got a breakfast and a snack for you so that’s your first two meals of the day covered. And best of all – neither of them actually involve any cooking at all!
See if you can make the rest of your weekend healthy too – maybe by following more of my other healthy but easy recipes!
October 13, Slow Cooker Pizza & Crustless Spinach Quiche
Last week was a busy one for me; not enough time to exercise! So, this weekend I decided I really needed to get out and go for a run. However, I also had friends coming over for drinks in the evening, so I knew I needed to make something for them to eat. If only I had a way of making food that didn’t mean standing in the kitchen all day!
Then I remembered two of my favorite recipes – crustless quiche and slow cooker pizza. I could have some of the quiche for my lunch, and save the rest for my guests, and whip up a slow cooker pizza to cook while I was out running; perfect!
These are the recipes I made my friends, served with a big green salad. They were very much appreciated, and I think you will like them both too.
October 6, Meatballs with Potatoes & Slow Cooker Cheesecake
I really enjoy hosting dinner parties for my friends and family. It’s always great to spend time with loved ones! However, I often find it hard when I end up spending more time in the kitchen than I do with my guests, and if I try to make anything too complicated, that’s exactly what happens.
My two recipes today are great for weekend dinner parties, but are easy enough that you don’t have to spend all your time locked away in the kitchen, missing out on being with your friends and family.
The main course is really easy, and will just simmer away while you chat to your guests, and dessert is made in a slow cooker and then chilled for several hours in advance. All that’s left for you to do is choose some great wine and music, and enjoy the rest of the evening. What a lovely way to spend your weekend!
September 22, No-bake chocolate cookies and Dijon-marinated steak
This weekend’s recipes are all about snacks and steaks! Snacks are an important part of healthy eating, and the right type of snack can help keep you feeling full, fight cravings, and prevent overeating.
Steak is one of the life’s pleasures and luxuries, so it makes sense that, if you are going to spend your hard-earned cash on steaks, that they are tasty and tender, and not as tough as old boots!
For our recipes for this weekend, I’m going to share my favourite healthy no-bake cookies, and a great way to make sure you never have to eat tough steaks again.
Why not spend some time with your family and friends, trying these wonderful recipes and sharing some delicious food? It’s what weekends are for!
September 15, Quinoa Pancakes and In your sleep chili
Weekends should be a time for relaxing and spending time with your friends and family. It’s also a good time to eat some delicious, healthy, different food. However, the last thing you want to do is spend your entire weekend cooking!
This weekend’s recipes are quick, easy, but so good you’ll want to share them with your family and your friends. Best of all, you’ll still be free to get out and do whatever you want, as they don’t take long to prepare. Perfect for the weekend.
September 8, Hot Chocolate Banana-Nut Oatmeal and Slow Cooker Tortilla Chicken Stew
Weekends are the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen. With no work to worry about, you can take your time to try out new, exciting recipes that are, of course, healthy too.
I’ve got two great recipes for you to make this weekend. One is a delicious slow cooker chicken stew, and the other one is for a decadent, chocolaty, nutty breakfast. I know you and your family will love both of these weekend feasts!
Friday, April 7 – Flourless Pancakes and Oven-baked frittata
Pancakes without flour – That’s right, only bananas and eggs. You’ll love it. Perfect for a nice Saturday family breakfast or for an evening snack with your friends on Sunday. These high protein pancakes are gluten-free so everybody will love them.
Oven-baked frittata – Healthy vegetables baked with eggs and cheese. Veggies cooked in the oven taste great, and mixed with egg and cheese, are even better. With only 20 minutes of cooking time, this dish is perfect for lunch this weekend. Enjoy it with a glass of white wine. It’s the weekend you deserve it!
Friday, April 14 – Mango & Avocado Smoothie and Light Lasagna
Mango and Avocado Smoothie – Preparation time: 6 minutes.
I know how easy it is to overeat during the holidays so, tomorrow morning, I’m going to start my day with this smoothie that will make me feel full for the whole morning.
Avocado contains healthy fats which make you feel fuller for longer and that means you won’t be tempted to eat more than you should.
Light lasagna – Cooking time 30 minutes.
This lasagna is light on calories because it is not made with pasta! Instead we will use sheets of sliced zucchini. No pasta means less carbs! It’s homemade so it’s also low sugar and high in protein meal but, despite being healthy, it’s still super-tasty and perfect for your family and friends.
Tip: Make extra servings, freeze them, and enjoy during the week with no extra effort or time needed.
Friday, April 21 – Stir-fried chicken & Swedish Meatballs
Today, I would like to share 2 recipes with you for this weekend’s meals; a quick meal and another that is a bit more elaborated but still easy : Stir-fried chicken with broccoli and Swedish Meatballs.
Stir-fried chicken with broccoli, a delicious meal mixing chicken with super-healthy broccoli, that you can prepare in less than 15 minutes. It’s a low fat and low sugar meal but it’s high in protein. A perfect meal for after a workout.
Swedish Meatballs, this is so delicious! This recipe takes a little bit more work, so take your time, relax and enjoy the process of preparing a delicious meal for you and your loved friends or family. It’s a low carb meal, so it’s perfect for those looking to lose weight. If you go the extra mile, serve it with zucchini noodles to save carbs and calories. I know you and your family will love it.