One of the hardest parts of weight loss and maintenance, in my opinion, isn’t suffering from hunger pangs, it’s finding the time to prepare the healthy meals we’re supposed to be eating. When you’re choosing the right foods and taking appetite suppressing weight loss tablets, it’s not hard to keep hunger under control. The right balance of fiber and protein can usually take care of even the biggest appetite. However, that’s assuming that you have the time to actually make all these amazing meals, since frozen dinners rapidly become out of bounds in a healthy eating strategy.
Therefore, over the last while, I’ve focused on finding meals that are not only nutritious and weight loss friendly, but that will also take me very little time to prepare. That way, I won’t have any excuse to eat junk food. Even saying that it’s convenient won’t count when I already have lots of options available that can be prepared within five minutes.
The following are some of the five minute meals that top my list for making it easy to be healthy and weight management friendly at the same time:
I’m all for eating eggs first thing in the morning. They’re packed with hunger killing protein and as long as you eat the yolks, they also provide a huge nutrient boost. That said, when I pair eggs with a healthy, fiber-rich carb, it means I have energy right away and that it will last throughout most of the morning. So I take whole grain tortillas and top them with about a tablespoon of shredded mozzarella cheese and a couple of tablespoons of salsa. I microwave it for 20 seconds to get the cheese good and melted before I fill that up with scrambled eggs. One egg is enough for one taco. If I’m using the small tortillas, I’ll usually make two of these in the morning. When I’m being very good, I’ll add baby spinach to the top before wrapping it all up and devouring it.
Avocado and fish pita
This is one of my all-time favorite lunches. I use 2 whole grain pitas, lightly toasted, then add ¼ cup of chopped celery, another ¼ cup shredded carrots (I buy the bag of julienned carrots so the work is already done), then add a can of tuna or, if I don’t have any, salmon (tuna is better, though). I add 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard and a dash of cumin, turmeric and black pepper. I eat one that day and wrap the other for the next day’s lunch. When they’re ready to eat, I add sliced avocado (that part won’t keep until the next day, so wait until the last minute to add it.
Yes, I mean a five minute soup. I buy a low-sodium lentil soup and open up a bag of my favorite frozen veggies. I mix the soup and 1 cup of the veggies in a pot on the stove. After about 5 minutes, the veggies are tender and the soup is warm. Having this with some whole-grain, low-sodium crackers or a slice of whole grain toast can give a massive complete protein boost in combination with the lentils.