If you’re looking for a few dishes that are diet friendly, yet still delicious, you’re in luck because I've got 7 fabulous ones for you to indulge in. The following foods are wonderful to include your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They can be eaten in many different ways to make dishes that are diet friendly without feeling restricted at all. Include some of these amazing dishes into your meals and enjoy them on a regular basis to stay lean for life without feeling deprived or hungry.
1. Quinoa Porridge
Quinoa porridge is one of my favorite dishes that are diet friendly. It's typically cooked like oatmeal and it can be made savory or sweet, making it very versatile. It’s great for your heart, digestive system, and is full of nutrients to keep you healthy. Quinoa is high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein. It also has a delicious nutty flavor. Since it is naturally gluten and grain free, it’s also easy to digest and allergen-free. Cook quinoa porridge just like you would any hot cereal and serve it at any meal of the day, flavored however you like.
2. Steamed Veggies
Steamed veggies cooked in coconut oil is another one of my favorite dishes. They’re not only healthy for you, but much easier to digest this way. By cooking steamed veggies with healthy fats, your body can absorb the nutrients in veggies more easily. Take note that vitamins in veggies like A, E and K, can’t be absorbed without fat. Fats from coconut oil or even olive oil also help to enhance the taste. Coconut oil is the best oil to cook with since its fats hold up well while cooking at high temperatures. It also helps to add a butter flavor without any cholesterol at all. You can eat these anytime of the day as a snack or side dish to any meal.
Smoothies are my favorite dish in the whole world, and I love them because they are so easy for anyone to fit into their diet or lifestyle. They’re also satisfying and filling. If you think smoothies are nothing more than fruit and water, guess again! Smoothies can be a true vehicle for nutrition, and a great way to get in a healthy meal when you’re short on time. The best ingredients to make smoothies with include some source of protein like a clean protein powder or plain yogurt, along with things like greens, low sugar fruits, and a little healthy fat. With all the recipes out there, there’s surely one you can enjoy and feel completely satisfied with too.
For all you egg lovers out there, I’m sure you’re already familiar with the amazing omelet. Omelets are great for anyone looking to get in a quick source of protein without meat. They’re vegetarian friendly, full of B vitamins and vitamins A, D, and E. Omelets are also inexpensive for those of you on a budget. You can toss any veggies into omelets to add nutrition, along with herbs and spices. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, omelets are one of the best go-to foods to fill you up, but not out. Always choose certified humane eggs when possible, to ensure the eggs you’re eating were from hens treated properly without harmful chemicals, pesticides, or antibiotics.
I know, I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “Salads?” Yes, salads! Salads don’t have to be skimpy on the calories or be boring in taste. In fact, if you’re not careful, they can be a calorie bomb in no time. To make a satisfying salad that’s still nutritious and full of good calories, keep most the ingredients veggie friendly. For instance, a salad with chopped avocado provides healthy fats and a creamy texture. roasted sweet potatoes can add sweetness and healthy carbohydrates, and some almonds or hemp seeds help add plenty of plant protein, vitamins, and minerals. Make your salad over a huge bed of leafy greens ranging from kale to spinach, to romaine, or even herbs like cilantro and parsley. For your dressing, add a squeeze of lemon or lime and some apple cider vinegar. Then, perhaps sprinkle some black pepper on top to finalize the dish. I promise you, this is one of the most satisfying salads you’ll ever eat. Plus it’s a great vegan powerhouse of protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, and healthy fats.
Seafood is truly a remarkably diet friendly food, along with being a heart healthy food. You should take a few precautions before you dive in though. First, make sure it’s not fried. Fried fish is not healthy, even if it’s the highest quality fish in the world. Secondly, always choose wild-caught, low mercury sources of fish. Fish high in mercury like tuna, swordfish, and bass, should be eaten very rarely, if at all. Also be sure to source your fish from companies you trust and always, always buy wild-caught. Farmed fish might be full of mercury, pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics, contaminants like PCBs, and can contribute to a host of health problems. However, when eaten in the right form, seafood is a great diet friendly dish. Eat it steamed, baked, grilled, or sauteed. It’s a wonderful way to add meat-free protein to your diet, and is full of omega 3 fatty acids, iron, B vitamins, protein, and magnesium.
Yes, the everyday oatmeal dish is one that is truly great for you, and it’s so delicious! Oatmeal can be a vehicle for nutrition in so many ways. You can add healthy fats, fiber, protein, and make it savory or sweet. Buy gluten-free oats if you’re sensitive or allergic to gluten, and always choose rolled oats. Rolled oats have less of a glycemic spike than instant oats, and they keep you fuller longer. Oats have 7 grams of protein per ½ cup, 160 calories, and 5 grams of fiber. They’re also a good source of B vitamins and potassium. Eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, oatmeal can be a great dish that keeps you trim, happy, and satisfied for hours.
If you have a diet-friendly dish to share, I’d love to hear it! What do you eat to stay satisfied, slim, and healthy?