Making healthy food choices can be very difficult and mettle-testing, especially when you are trying to lose weight. The road to healthy weight loss is through discipline and not giving in to unhealthy food choices. Unfortunately, some food items that assist in weight loss might not taste appetizing. However, with some creative pairing, you can whip up some of the most mouth-watering recipes for weight loss from seemingly unappetizing food.
Here are some easy snack recipes that require minimum ingredients to assist in healthy weight loss:
- Sweet potato fries– These are a healthy replacement to your regular potato fries deep fried in vegetable oil. Sweet potato fries contain a healthy dose of beta-carotene, which is good for general immunity and vision. Here’s how can make yourself a healthy treat out of sweet potatoes and a handful of other ingredients.
Preparation– Slice two medium-sized (scrubbed and peeled) sweet potatoes into julienne strips. Preheat an oven to 450-degrees Fahrenheit. Combine half a tablespoon of red chili powder and black pepper in a bowl. Add one or two tablespoons (based on your preference) of extra-virgin olive oil and toss and coat all the sweet potato slices. Place these slices in a single layer on an aluminium foil or non-stick cooking sheet. Bake for at least 30 minutes, until the potatoes turn crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. Do not forget to toss the potatoes once after 15 minutes of baking.
- Baked zucchini chips– Crispy, salty, and full of unhealthy fats, potato chips are quick-fixes for those untimely hunger pangs. Replace them with these healthy baked zucchini chips that contain a mere 99 calories per serving. Zucchini is rich in saturated fats and helps balance the sodium levels in your body. It also helps improve digestion and slows the aging process. Here is an easy snack recipe made out of zucchini and other easily available ingredients.
Preparation– Cut a large zucchini into slices of thickness as per your preference. Combine one-third cup of bread crumbs, a quarter cup of parmesan cheese, and black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne powder to taste in a small mixing bowl. Dip the zucchini slices into milk and coat them with the mixture. Arrange these zucchini strips on a non-stick sheet and place them on a baking tray. Bake the coated zucchini slices for 30 minutes. Turn them over after 15 minutes, and make sure they turn golden brown on both sides. Allow the chips to cool down at room temperature and store them in an air-tight container.
- Meaty-veggie roll-ups– If you are following a low-carb diet, these delicious rolls are a powerhouse of energy. This easy snack recipe is full of proteins (from meat), fiber, and other vitamins (from vegetables). Here’s how you can prepare it.
Preparation– All you need is 8 to 10 thick slices of unprocessed deli meat, a cup of sliced vegetables (of your choice), and some chives (optional). Add mustard sauce or low-fat mayonnaise into the sliced vegetable mix. Place them on a piece of deli meat and roll them tightly. Other favorite flavor combinations might include the following:
- Roasted beef with bell peppers and cucumber slices
- Chicken meat with red cabbage, apple slices, and mustard sauce for a dip
- Turkey with avocado slices, crumbled bacon, and salsa for a dip
- Parmesan kale chips– Kale is a green leafy vegetable rich in proteins, vitamins A, C, and K, and Alpha-linolenic acid. Here’s how you can turn this superfood into an appetizing 3-ingredient easy snack recipe for weight loss.
Preparation– You need a bunch of de-ribbed coarsely chopped kale, at least half a cup of grated parmesan cheese, and two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Preheat an oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chopped kale in a bowl and add the olive oil. Toss the leaves, and add parmesan cheese into the mix. Spread the chopped chips on a baking tray. Bake the kale chips for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are brown around the edges and crisp; stir and rotate the pan halfway through the baking process. Enjoy the chips with a dip of your choice.
- Baked onion rings– These are perfect for adding that extra crunch and a little more flavor in intermediate snacking. Here’s how one can indulge in onion rings and still achieve their weight loss goals.
Preparation– You will need a large thinly ring-sliced red onion, a cup of gluten-free bread crumbs, two-third cups of gluten-free flour, half a teaspoon of baking powder, a quarter tablespoon of black pepper, one egg white, kosher salt, and half a cup of low-fat buttermilk.
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Separate the onion slices into individual rings. Mix all the ingredients (except the egg white and buttermilk) in a bowl. Toss the onion rings in the egg white and buttermilk mixture gently and coat them; remove and set aside. Dip the onion rings into the batter, allowing the excess to drip off. Place them on a nonstick baking tray and spray them with extra-virgin olive oil. Flip and bake the onion rings for 10 minutes or until they turn brown and crispy.