The best recipes to lose weight should be both healthy and delicious—so who says you can't have both? When it comes to taking care of your body and adopting healthy habits, you should keep your standards high. Besides, once you're done feasting over the holidays, you'll probably want to eat some meals that are on the lighter side anyway. We decided to find delicious recipes that will also make your road to healthier eating a lot happier and more enjoyable.
Whether you love sweet treats, savory snacks, or a little of both, you'll find something you're excited about. We rounded up two recipe ideas for every meal of the day so you can pick and choose based on flavor and dietary needs. Warning: You may end up wanting to make all six dishes at once. Trust us—they're that good. Try your hand at these recipes to eat healthy the tasty way.
The most important thing to keep in mind as you embark on a new diet is that balance is everything. As a result, you have to shed the "all or nothing" attitude when it comes to losing weight and healthy living if you want to shed the pounds, too.
So if you ever feel like splurging on calories or giving into your sweet tooth, that's totally normal. The trick is to do so in the morning to kickstart your metabolism and take in good fats. We suggest trying this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. This chia pudding is perfect because it's packed with superfoods and is easy to prepare.
If you'd rather start your day off with something on the savory side, it doesn't get any better than this spicy stir-fry dish from The First Mess. It's packed with ingredients (avocado, beans, and tempeh, to name a few) that will give you the energy you need to fuel your day—without weighing you down. It's also vegan, so if you're curious about trying out the diet, this is a great option. Plus, the jalapeño sauce adds that extra kick to make sure your breakfast is anything but boring.
As you can tell by glimpsing at the image of the gorgeous plate above, this meal is full of superfoods and yummy, colorful goodies. You can make this meal for lunch if you already had a light breakfast, or it could serve as both your breakfast and lunch.
This recipe from Sugar Salted will get you through the rest of the day—thanks to the hearty couscous base and protein-packed toppings like eggs, feta cheese, chickpeas, cabbage, and pumpkin seeds. If you love a variety of textures and flavors, this recipe will be making multiple appearances on your monthly menu.
Here's another vegan recipe from The First Mess that you'll enjoy regardless of your dietary needs. Complete with crispy squash, tasty dill sauce, and wild rice, this bowl would be perfect to make on a Sunday night and bring to work for the next couple of days. And if you don't like to spend much time planning and making your food, this one is a great low-maintenance option.
If you chose to eat a more filling lunch or snack earlier in the day, go for something on the lighter side once dinner rolls around. We love this kale-citrus salad from Minimalist Baker. In fact, even if you aren't trying to lose weight or eat healthier, this meal is tasty (and pretty) enough to make the cut. And if you're into plating and meal presentation, this salad should be the poster child for successful food styling projects. Pro tip: Add pomegranate and grapefruit for a pop of color.
Weight-loss meal ideas never looked so mouthwatering. From Half Baked Harvest, these al pastor (aka "shepherd-style") tacos are great if you're cutting back on meat. Instead of using meat, fill the tacos with cauliflower. You can also always choose to wrap them in lettuce wedges if you'd prefer not to have the tortilla. You can't go wrong either way!
What are your favorite go-to healthy recipes? Share your favorites in the comments below.
This post was originally published on December 26, 2016, and has since been updated.