For most of us, losing weight is always connected with restriction and starvation. We have been eating as much as we cared for in the past and think this is the reason for our full figure.
But what if the amount of food we eat doesn’t really matter too much when it comes to your physique? Our 3 healthy vegan recipes for weight loss might prove this theory wrong.
One of the biggest mistakes regarding nutrition is that we are being told we should eat nuts or even “lean meat” in order to get thinner. In reality though, food high in fat packs on the pounds rather quickly because of their incredible calorie density.
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Compared to starches like potatoes or rice which have 1 calorie per gram, meat has 4 times more calories – and oil even 9 calories per gram. So why exactly should we avoid filling, healthy, and delicious starches?
If you try to lose some weight by eating only a whole bunch of vegetables and little else, you’ll soon figure out that you cannot meet your caloric needs that way.
So in order to give you enough energy to have a clear mind and be able to move around, it’s absolutely crucial to eat enough carbohydrates and avoid fats instead.
Starvation or heavily restricting your calories isn’t a sustainable way to eat and will always end up in yo-yo dieting, and inevitably gaining all your weight back (plus more).
Luckily, a plant-based vegan diet automatically cuts out some of the worst offenders of your waistline: meat, fish, dairy, and eggs, all of which are very high in fat and can activate your growth hormones – which doesn’t just lead to weight gain but also diseases like cancer.
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If you also cut out oil and nuts, you end up eating almost only low calorie dense foods, which are highly health-promoting, full of amazing nutrients, and filling fiber.
But what exactly does this look like in real life? We wanted to give you 3 of our favorite meal ideas so you can get healthier and leaner today.
1. Mixed Veggies and Millet
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup millet
- ½ cup vegetable broth
- 1 onion
- 2 carrots
- 1 bell pepper
- ½ broccoli
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp tamari or soy sauce
- pepper and cayenne to taste
Bring the 2 cups water with the millet to a boil in a medium-sized pot, then reduce heat and let simmer until all of the water has been absorbed.
Meanwhile, cut up all of the vegetables into bite-size pieces. Heat up a non-stick pan and place 2 tablespoons of the broth inside. Add onions, carrots, and broccoli first.
Let it warm up for about 5 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for around 10 minutes.
Add the seasoning to taste and mix everything with the cooked millet. Serve at once.
2. Roasted Colorful Vegetables
- 1 eggplant
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 sweet onion
- 1 lb potatoes
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- pepper, paprika, sea salt to taste
- handful fresh basil
Cut up the vegetables in small pieces (about 1 inch) and put them into a large bowl. Season with pepper, paprika, and sea salt. Mix everything well and let sit for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, heat up grill or oven. Thread the vegetables on skewers or place them in a grilling basket / baking sheet.
Grill on medium for 15 minutes until everything is tender, but not burned. Garnish with fresh basil and eat warm.
3. Tasty Pasta Salad
- 4 cups dry pasta (whole grain if possible)
- 1 bunch arugula
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp mustard seeds
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp mustard
- pepper and sea salt to taste
Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
Cut the tomatoes into halves and chop up the arugula, then also set aside.
Prepare dressing by adding mustard and vinegar into a small bowl and whisking it well. Add the mustard seeds, salt, and pepper to taste. You can also add your favorite kitchen herbs.
Toss drained pasta, tomatoes, arugula, and dressing into a large serving bowl. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving, allowing the flavors to meld.
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