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Who said you need to skip dinner to lose weight? If you ask a nutritionist, they will actually give you an earful—because each and every meal is important. Instead, they’ll ask you to look for lighter and healthier alternatives that can be a part of your dinner plan. This will not just help you maintain your weight, but also help you shed a few kilos.
So, we’ve curated a list of seven weight-loss foods that you can eat for dinner:
You can never go wrong with soup. Just pick your favourite vegetable, cook it in a pressure cooker with some water, churn it in a blender, add a hint of lemon juice, salt and black pepper—and you are good to go. Soup is really good for your gut, plus it will keep you hydrated.
Also, soup is easy and quick to digest, so you don’t have to wait for hours for it to digest before going to sleep.
2. A bowlful of salad
When it comes to salad, you have unlimited options. You can nosh on chickpeas, black channa, sprouts, fruits, vegetables, and tofu. And all of them are loaded with fibre and everyone who wants to lose weight knows the importance of fibre in their diet plan.
We’re not talking about white rice idlis here. Rather, you should try ragi, oats, or brown rice idlis. You can also add some nuts like cashews and almonds to make your idlis healthier and more delicious. Sambar is the best accompaniment for idlis, but keep the spice and oil at an all-time low.
4. Grilled chicken or fish
Let’s face it, steamed chicken or fish are no good when it comes to taste. Steaming these meats just adds to the blandness. But the charred taste you get when you grill fish or chicken is just yum. Although both of them are rich in protein, both chicken and fish take time to digest so keep it as an option for the days when you have some time in hand. Sprinkle some lemon juice and relish with some salsa on the side.
From online pantries to grocery shops nearby you–you can find quinoa everywhere. You can toss the cooked quinoa in a salad, keep it as a side with a bowl of veggies, or just have it as it is. There are many ways to consume it just see what suits you better.
Again, quinoa is rich in important minerals like protein and fibre and it will give the feeling of fullness as well.
6. Cottage cheese
I’m sorry we don’t mean eating a bowl full of paneer butter masala or shahi paneer; rather, raw cottage cheese tossed with some rock salt and black pepper. This is another great source of protein and helps in keeping bloating away.
7. A bowl of lentils
Take a handful of lentils, throw them in the cooker with some water, and in just two or three whistles you will get a wholesome dinner. To add to the flavour of dal, you can add tomatoes, French beans, corn, and peas. If you are on a weight loss spree, then sprouts and moong dal are your best buds as they are low on carbs and high on fibre and proteins.
Do you know that according to a study if you incorporate fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy in your diet then achieving weight loss is quicker? Also, timing has a lot to do with weight loss and your metabolic rate so whatever you nosh on from the list above, just ensure that you have ample time to digest it before dozing off.