I cannot tolerate going hungry and really cannot handle those artist diets where I have to spend the day chewing celery stalks and drinking sugarless juices. I need to lose weight not only for esthetic purposes but also because it is very important for my health. Being overweight is one of the main triggering factors of diseases like mellitus diabetes and hypertension. It causes fatigue, shortness of breath, as well as back, knee, and ankle problems, and even increases the risk of malignant tumors from growing.
Well, there is a solution! If you, like myself, are willing to lose those extra pounds by enjoying new and delicious flavors, continue reading. You can find ideal vegetarian recipes for weight loss in this article.
Vegetables and fruits are characterized by their high antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral content. Their cleansing properties and low amount of calories make them great for weight loss. Some powerful and natural antioxidants in them are vitamins E and C, carotenoids, oligoelements like selenium and zinc and phytochemicals like polyphenols and flavonoids. You should eat between between 600 and 800 grams of fruits and vegetables a day for a whole year according to the World Health Organization.
Ideal Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss
Recipe #1 – Two Cleansing Juices
Start your morning clean and light with one of these cleansing juices. Always drink them on an empty stomach and you will feel yourself losing weight.
Citrus fruit with pineapple
- 3 slices of pineapple
- 1 mandarin
- 2 oranges
Peel the oranges and mandarins and cut two slices of pineapple in pieces. Blend everything in a food processor or blender. Serve immediately and garnish your glass with the remaining slices. Super delicious!
Excellent cleansing mixture
- 3 carrots
- 2 apples
- 2 celery stalks
Wash and peel the fruit and vegetables. Put it all in a food processor and serve this tasty juice immediately.
Recipe #2 – Magical Soup
There is nothing like this amazing soup to get rid of those few extra pounds, the diuretic properties of celery combined with cabbage, carrot, and swiss chard make this recipe a magical way to lose weight. You can drink it as an appetizer to your meals, followed by an abundant salad of fruits and vegetables.
- 2 liters of water
- 1/2 celery stalk
- 2 onions
- 3 turnips
- 1 medium cabbage
- 5 leeks
- 6 tomatoes
- 2 carrots
- 1 green pepper
- 1/4 kilogram of swiss chards
- Salt to taste
Wash and cut all of the vegetables. Heat the two liters of water at high heat and when it begins to boil, add the vegetables and cook them for 20 minutes. Add salt, pepper, turmeric, and if you would like, a little bit of broth to make the flavor stronger. Let the soup boil for 20 minutes longer and serve hot.
Recipe #3 – Cauliflower Cream
Delicious cauliflower contains a large amount of selenium, vitamin C, and glucosinolates. The latter, because they are metabolized by the microbial flora of the colon, give way to sub-products that help detoxify the body.
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 medium onion, thickly diced
- 6-8 diced chives
- 1 finely chopped garlic clove
- 2 medium cauliflowers
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of curry salt
- A pinch of ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- 1 teaspoon of dried marjoram
- 6 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of white miso
Remove the stem form the cauliflowers and cut them up. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion, chive, and garlic. When the onion is transparent, add the celery and cauliflower. Add the seasonings, mix it all well, and cook it uncovered and on low flame for a few minutes and stirring it frequently. Add the water and miso and when it begins to boil, cover the pot and let cook for 1 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft. Uncover it, let chill a little bit, and but it all in the blender in small portions until it becomes a smooth and creamy puree. Enjoy!
Recipe #4 – Orange and Olive Salad
You should know that the good properties of citrus fruits for the fight against obesity. When combines with the peculiar taste of olives in this recipe, it gives way to a peculiar and exquisite salad.
- 6 large oranges, peeled and cut into thin slices
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1 cup of black olives
- Salt to taste
Peel the oranges, cut them in thin slices, and decorate a plate with them. Spread the olives so that they make a pretty contrast. Mix the olive oil, pepper, turmeric, thyme, and salt, and season the salad with this dressing. Serve at room temperature and enjoy.
Recipe #5 – Fresh Vegetable Juice
This is one of those energizing juices that lessen your appetite and fill you up with nutrients. you can drink this 10 minutes before lunch or dinner.
- 8 large carrots
- 1 celery stalk
- 1/4 of a small beet
- 1 medium tomato
- 1 small pepper, red or green
- 1 small handful of spinach or fresh parsley
Cut off the ends of the carrot because they are bitter. Remove the celery leaves. Wash all the vegetables well and put them in the food processor. Serve immediately.
Recipe #6 – Energy-Filled Salad
You will be glowing and satisfied after eating this salad. The freshness of the vegetables, the protein content of the seeds, and its depurative properties will remove the fat from you forever.
- 3 cups of lettuce
- 1 cup of chopped raw spinach
- 1 small cucumber
- 2 cups of mung beans, alfalfa, lentils, or another seed
- Any raw vegetable that you would like to add (carrot, celery, mushroom, white or red cabbage, radish, beet, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, etc).
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cup of beans
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1/4 tablespoon of salt
- A pinch of ground black pepper
Wash and dry the lettuce and cut in small pieces. Peel and cut the cucumber and avocado into slices. Combine all of the vegetables in a dish and give it an artistic touch. Make a light dressing by mixing garlic, oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a cup and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Bath the salad in the dressing. Eat until you are full.
Recipe #7 – Vegetable Lasagna
If you want to go on an adventure of flavors, this is your recipe. Substitute your lunch with this lasagna and enjoy it. You will see, you can lose weight in a fun way.
- 250 grams of lasagna noodles
- 4 tablespoons of unrefined oil
- 1 diced onion
- 2 diced zucchinis
- 500 grams of diced tomatoes
- 1 eggplants
- 1 tablespoon of ground oregano
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 1 cup of vegetable broth
- 1 cup of milk
- 3 tablespoons of grated gruyere cheese
- 5 diced walnuts
- 1 tablespoon of diced cilantro
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion until it is transparent. Add the vegetables and cook them at low heat for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add oregano and stir well. Lower the flame and drain excess liquid.
In a separate pan, heat the butter, add the flour and stir for a few minutes with a spoon. Add the vegetable broth and milk. Cook at a low flame, without letting it move, until you get a white sauce. Season with salt and pepper and save it.
Cook the pasta in salted water. When it’s al dente, cool it with cold water. Prepare the lasagna in a pan by alternating the pasta, sauce, and vegetables. Sprinkle the last layer of pasta with the cheese, walnuts, and cilantro. Put the lasagna in the a preheated oven at medium heat until it is lightly browned.
A Few Last Tips
Now you know the delicious things you could make in your kitchen with fruit and vegetables. If you eat them everyday, you will be able to lose weight without not enjoying the pleasures of the kitchen. For your regimen to be more effective, here are some tips:
- You will need to drink two or more liters of water a day. Water is great for activating your blood circulation, eliminating toxins, and keeping yourself hydrated.
- Avoid the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. These are harmful habits for your health.
- Do physical exercise everyday, whether it is walking, running, doing aerobics. The important thing is to keep your body moving.
- Avoid excess grease in your meals as well as sweets and refined flour because they are harmful.
- Choose whole foods that are low in calories.
By following these tips and incorporating these vegetarian recipes into your diet, you will have a better chance of leading a healthy life and controlling your weight.