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post #1 of 19
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A few of the weight loss threads have got me wanting to try some new healthy meals.

My husband and I have found the "diet" that works for us. We eat low-fat, low carb. We do not eliminate carbs, but make smart choices - for example - I have oatmeal (blech) for breakfast and he has a higher fiber cereal. We do eat pita bread or wraps, but try choose ones with higher fiber and healthy grains. We will eat "healthy fats" - nuts in small quantities, olive oil, etc.

Combined with exercise (usually walking) this has been successful for both of us. Last year I lost 40 pounds, he lost 50 (@$%&& men). Unfortunately between moving stress, loss of a cat, health issues, etc we have both managed to put half of it back on over the past 7 months. We were eating horribly and not exercising. We are both back on the bandwagon again!

My question in, does anyone have any healthful meal suggestions for dinners? After a while, salad gets a little old!
post #2 of 19
I know what you mean about salad! And there's nothing worse on a diet than getting bored, makes you

I find vegetarian options great for low calorie meals. Things like vegetarian sausages, burgers etc are much lower in calories than the meat equivalent, and very tasty too! Serve those with lots of veg and it's a really filling meal too.

How about tortillas? You can get some low fat salsa and serve with grilled chicken and peppers.

Is whole wheat pasta low carb? May be a daft question but I've never looked into reducing carbs so I don't know! Or egg pasta?
post #3 of 19
a switch from salad.. have you ever had those spicey chicken lettuce wraps that are all the rage now?

well they're GREAT and filling and actually, the way I do it, really good for you.

tear off about 3 good leaves of iceberg lettuce, or maybe 4 per person.. Cut up about 1/4 cup of onion if you like onion, as much celery as you like, and as much cucumber, now either boil or grill up a chicken breast apiece and cube it up nice and small. mix the chicken and the veg (except the lettuce) together and dress with Mustard, some hot sauce, and a touck of olive oil to make it a bit loose.

It's not the same as the kind you get in restaurants, but It's a LOT healthier, and can have things like soy sauce or honey in to change the flavor a little. and it's only I think 3 weight watchers points if you do that.
post #4 of 19
I have a great recipe for low carb artichoke chicken and sesame spinach.
If you want it, PM me.

My mom had a personal trainer for awhile (so Oprah I know) and he gave her this binder FULL of awesome meals and a meal planner.
I couldn't believe how some of them were actually great and such variety.

For that matter, if you want recipe for low fat, low carb dressings, Tortilla wraps, smoothies, meat loaf, cacciatore and many others, PM me and I will send them to you.

There is a meal planner in there too, but I hate planning out my food and portions to the last detail...(thats why regular diets don't work for me.)
post #5 of 19
Great ideas!
post #6 of 19
remember too eggs are not only for breakfast!!
post #7 of 19
SEA FOOD it should be fine! eh Karen?...........
post #8 of 19
Soup!
Here's my "So many veggies you won't miss the meat soup"

2 T olive oil (can be omitted and really, its still good!)
8 cubes Maggi Vegetable Boullion
8 cups water (or substitute boullion and water for any stock you want)
1 C frozen baby lima beans
1 C winter squash, cubed
1 med. potato, cubed
1 large carrot, sliced or chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced or chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen green beans, chopped into 1" lengths
1 can chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup frozen peas

Heat oil, add water and boullion. Bring to boil. Add limas (they require about 1/2 hour cooking time). Chop and add veggies in order listed. Soup should be done when limas are tender.
post #9 of 19
How about Chilli? Spaghetti sauce with wheat noodles or on a slice of wheat bread with cheese? Fish?

I have some good recipes if you'd like them, PM me.

Good luck!
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Purity
How about tortillas? You can get some low fat salsa and serve with grilled chicken and peppers.


We love anything that is even slightly Mexican Food

Is whole wheat pasta low carb? May be a daft question but I've never looked into reducing carbs so I don't know! Or egg pasta?

It would still be too "heavy" for us. we are looking for "lighter" meals at night
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CoolCat
SEA FOOD it should be fine! eh Karen?...........

Not nice Rigel!!! You know I only eat a few kinds of seafood!


Thank you so much everyone! You are all coming up with some GREAT ideas for me! I'm sure I am not the only one getting inspired by this thread!
post #12 of 19
Another thing that works, is to have a big lunch, so you are pretty full for the rest of the evening and just need to eat a piece of fruit or veggie
post #13 of 19
i do baked chicken with a bit of cheese on it for flavour..my mom sure thinks its good and healthy shes on WW
post #14 of 19
MMMMM what a delicious thread!
post #15 of 19
Just happened to receive an email newsletter with this link! Here , you will find more recipes than I took the time to count! At the top you will see easy sandwich ideas. Keep scrolling down to the bottom of the page and you will see lots and lots more healthy ideas for meal preparation!
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
WOW! That's a lot of recipes!!


Thanks Stephanie!
post #17 of 19
My doctor always said that the best meal for your heart was salman (the fish) yuck, a salad with olive oil dressing and raw almonds and very dark chocolate for dessert.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
I am with you on the salmon (yuck - but chocolate, did you say chocolate ?
post #19 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Miss Mew
My doctor always said that the best meal for your heart was salman (the fish) yuck, a salad with olive oil dressing and raw almonds and very dark chocolate for dessert.
Oooooooooo - I LOVE salmon!
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