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Weight Loss Recipes - Healthy Lunch and Dessert Recipes

Updated on October 11, 2015
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Haris is a registered dietitian and health blogger providing clinical counseling. He writes under name of Bilaras on health blogs.

Nachos with Black Beans and Chicken

Who doesn't enjoy the feeling of coming home after a long day of work and unwinding; probably among the best ways people relax after a stressful day is to eat. Sadly many people don’t take into account the amount of calories that they consume everyday, maybe this down to the fact that people don’t have the knowledge when it comes to how many calories then are taking in everyday.

No one will probably recommend you a restaurant practically anywhere that offers high quality nachos, whether they are diners or even cinemas the nachos that are made are usually below par and some don’t even meet health standards. The problem is that the tortilla chips that are used are not of the best quality, using ingredients that are cheaper then usual indicate that the food you are eating contains a vast number of calories. In a typical dish of nachos the tortilla chip is bombarded by rows and rows of cheese, olives, sour cream and probably worst of all oily ground beef. All these helpings on the tortilla chip ensure that each bite you take adversely affects your health, the chicken, beef, cheese are packed with so many calories that it would take more then an hour of exercise to burn off that fat. Luckily there are healthier alternatives when it comes to nachos which ensure that not only are you open to your favorite dishes but your health is also in check.

What you would need is:

  1. 6 tortilla chips
  2. Black beans rinsed and drained, preferably 1 cup
  3. 1 1/2 cups properly shredded cheese
  4. 1 cup finely shredded chicken
  5. Diced 1/2 red onion
  6. Juice (2 limes)
  7. 1/2 cup sour cream
  8. Chopped cilantro Salsa
  9. Jalapenos (Preferably pickled)

To make the mouth watering nachos you would first have to preheat the oven to 425 F, when you are done with that it is important to place the chips in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Spoon beans over the nachos and then add finely cheese, chicken, olives and onions to give it that taste you are after. Until the cheese you have added is bubbling keep the oven, this should approximately take 15-20 minutes, when you are done with this empty the contents of the oven. Combine the lime juice, sour cream and cilantro also sprinkle the jalapeno and salsa over the nachos. You should get six servings of nachos that are not only healthy but are also delicious.


This is one of my favorite weight loss recipe because its light yet full of important nutrition. When you are on diet recipes like this one help you achieve your goal without compromising daily nutrition requirements.


Green Chili Cheeseburger

Very few people on planet earth would have never tasted a cheeseburger, very few dislike it. It is because of this that many people rush to fast food chains and devour large meals of cheeseburgers, packing bucketful of calories. The cheeseburgers are usually packed with fries which takes the calorie count over 1000, that is we recommend that you follow our recipe, not only is it considerably lower in calories but it also is as tasty as any cheeseburger you have eaten.

What you would need is:

  • 1 pound of ground sirloin and brisket, (these are among the best quality meats and have much less calories)
  • Salt and Black pepper is preferred on the burger (a gentle sprinkling is added to aid with the taste)
  • Drained and chopped can of roasted chilies (1)
  • 4 slices of Swiss cheese (preferred over other cheese)
  • Potato buns
  • 4 thickly sliced tomatoes
  • 4 medium sliced red onions

Lightly heat the pan to the appropriate amount, add the burgers when your pan is hot enough. Cook for roughly three to four minutes on one side (make sure the burgers are properly cooked), and then proceed to flipping the burger and dressing it with Swiss cheese and a tablespoon of the chilies you roasted beforehand. If you prefer medium rare burgers then continue to cook for three to four more minutes until the burger is firm. Remove the burger once it has reached the desirable color and is proper and firm; make sure you have properly applied the dressing with a tablespoon. Then proceed to removing the burger and adding the buns (the best quality buns would obviously give you the best result). Dress the bottom of the buns with tomato sauce and onion slices, and then top it with the burger.

Cheese burger as a weight loss recipe would strike as inappropriate choice but actually its not bad at all. Going on diet doesn't mean that you can't have good food. Its all about controlling the amount of food you eat. Balanced and nutritious food in any form is good for health.

Dessert - Carrot Cake

Carrot cake satisfies the tinkles of something sweet and dessert like, and also keeps in mind the health perspective. This recipe has used applesauce to cut out more than half the oil that goes in these types of cakes usually and also has used fat free cream cheese. The taste stays the same and the calories are cut down as well as the fat. To begin, gather up the following ingredients:

For the purpose of the cake:

  1. Shredded carrots- 1.5 cup
  2. Water- 4 cups
  3. Flour – 2 cups
  4. Sugar- 2 cups
  5. Baking soda- 2 tsp.
  6. Ground cinnamon- 2 tsp.
  7. Corn oil- half a cup
  8. Applesauce- half a cup
  9. Eggs (white)- 5
  10. Vanilla- 2 tsp.
  11. Walnuts (chopped)- ¼ cup
  12. Coconut- 1.5 cup
  13. Pineapple (dried out from the can)- 1.5 cup

For the purpose of frosting:

  1. Fat-free cream cheese (spread)- 4-5 ounces
  2. Sugar (powered)- 3/4 cup
  3. Vanilla extract- 3/4 tsp.
  4. Lemon juice- 1tsp.

Start off by preheating the oven to about 350 F. Then move on to preparing the cake. Take a 9 by 13-inch cake pan and spray it with cooking oil. After you have sprayed the cake pan with oil, dust over about a tablespoon full of flour, and turn the pan over afterwards to get rid of the excess flour. Next, take out a saucepan, which is medium in size, and add carrots to it. Remember, to add water to this to help it boil. Until the water is boiled, continue to put it on the stove. As the water bubbles, preferably after five minutes, drain out the water and place the carrots on the side. They should be cooled off before further use.

Moving on, take out a large bowl, and begin whisking together the following: flour, cinnamon and lastly, baking soda. Put this aside.

In another bowl, use a beater (or an electric mixer/electric beater), and beat together; oil, applesauce, vanilla and eggs. Further add, the flour mixture, which was created earlier in the large bowl. Beat all of these things together well. Next, add in the carrots which were boiled and placed aside to cool off, and also add to this; walnuts, pineapple and coconut.

This completes our cake paste, which we will need for the baking. In the next step, we will bake our cake. So, for that, use your cake pan and pour on to it the batter that you have just prepared. Placed it carefully inside the oven using oven gloves. Close the oven for an hour and to check whether your cake is baked all the way through, insert a toothpick in its middle, and if it comes out clean (no liquid batter), your cake is baked. Turn off the oven when your cake is baked, let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Take it out of the cake pan and then let it cool off further for about one hour to one and a half hour.

For the frosting, beat the cream cheese in mixing bowl. Then add to it, sugar and continue beating. Finally, add vanilla and lemon juice. Make sure the frosting is smooth. After this is done, place the frosting on top of the cake and enjoy the delicious carrot cake!

Low Calorie Carrot Cake

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 peice
Calories 200
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Carbohydrates 40 g13%
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 3 g6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Four persons
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      Farin 2 years ago

      Thank you for your recommendation bilaras

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      Edward Harris MSc 2 years ago from Earth

      @Farin i'll recommend these recipes and a light workout for best results. Digestion is a simple demand and supply system create a healthy demand and you can meet it with all kinds of supply. Without a healthy metabolism even a 200 calorie meal will do more harm than good.

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      Farin 2 years ago

      I should have 1400 colori intake daily do you recomend to have these recipes

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      Alexander Okelo 4 years ago

      That is delicious and nutritious meal right there that I have to try out this coming weekend. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mav2 4 years ago

      Love carrot cakes definitely healthier than market sweets.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Good recipe and healthy is what I look for. Will have these tomorrow and think of you as we enjoy every bite :) Voted up and more and sharing.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      These are some useful and healthy recipes. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up, sharing and pinning!

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      Shariful Islam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      Wow...I love the recipe here. It sound delicious and healthy as well. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!