Believe it or not, losing weight isn’t just about cutting calories. We all know how to play the “calories in calories out” game, but the picture is bigger than that. The quality of the calories plays a significant role in weight loss, and you’re not doing yourself any favors if you’re skipping nutrient-dense foods. That’s why we put together a list of our most popular weight loss recipes. These clean-eating recipes are protein-packed and contain ingredients designed to detoxify your body. You’ll get the vitamins and minerals your body needs for peak performance while also keeping your taste buds happy and satisfied!
These recipes are designed to help you meet your weight loss goals by creating a lifestyle eating plan. Fad diets are great for losing weight quickly, but it’s hard to keep the weight off when you go back to eating like “normal.” With these recipes, we’ll keep you from going hungry while eliminating added sugar foods and increasing your intake of whole foods.
Once you’ve switched to a clean-eating routine, we’d also recommend starting a workout program. Working out on a regular basis and increasing your water intake are two healthy habits that can ensure the changes in your body will stick. Before you know it, these things will become part of your lifestyle, and you’ll be a happier, healthier you!
Okay, enough talk: let’s get to the good stuff. Read on to find our most popular weight loss recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We also threw in a few snack, dessert, and workout ideas, too!
Popular Weight Loss Recipes
These individual bowls were created to provide protein without all the extra carbs and calories. I love turning on the oven light and watching the eggs rise in the oven. This recipe is as pretty as it is delicious.
Here’s a tip: add ingredients to the slow cooker then place in the refrigerator. First thing the following morning, start the slow cooker and follow the instructions. You’ll enjoy this delicious recipe before leaving for work.
Good things come in green. This ultra creamy breakfast smoothie is the perfect way to start your day. For this recipe, try carton coconut milk which is not as heavy as the canned version.
Make this simple drink every morning for a calming way to detox all the “bad” stuff. I recommend room temperature, distilled water to make it easier on your system.
Although we’ve added this recipe to the breakfast heading, it also makes a delicious high-protein dinner. Some of my friends makes this recipe ahead of time and takes a slice for lunch. They pop it in the microwave for one minute and it’s ready to eat.
All good, best describes this healthy and delicious smoothie. As a way to cleanse & detox, which we all need from time to time, make this recipe a few times per week. You’ll be surprised to learn that this recipe has 5 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. Drink up!
It’s impossible to have too many smoothie recipes, especially when they’re packed full of muscle-building, immunity-boosting ingredients! This is one of the healthiest recipes on the site, but it still tastes great. We love drinking this smoothie for breakfast, but it makes a fantastic post-workout drink, too.
This recipe has everything you need to kick-start your day in the right direction. Antioxidants from green tea, berries, and pomegranate juice, iron from the spinach, and potassium from the bananas. Finish it off with happy digestion from the Greek yogurt and the ginger. Yes, please!
If you need breakfast on-the-fly but drinking breakfast isn’t your thing, never fear: these overnight oats are a game changer. This no-cook recipe simply requires a night in the refrigerator to bring the flavors together. It’s a great way to fill up on protein and fiber.
Skip the bread and make these baked egg muffins instead! They’re one of our most popular weight loss recipes! They’re a great low-carb breakfast alternative that can be made ahead and enjoyed on the go. What’s not to love?
Starting your day off with fiber is a great way to lose weight, and there’s no tastier way to do it than with zucchini bread. Fiber helps you feel full without adding excess calories, helping you stick to your weight-loss plan. Have a slice with your morning coffee and start your day off with a smile.
Pizza for breakfast…there’s no way that can be healthy, right? It is with our recipe! Our version doesn’t even use any cheese; all you need is the healthy fats from avocado, a few protein-rich eggs, and heart-healthy whole wheat tortillas to make this breakfast a reality.
We love baking eggs into vegetables. It’s a great way to remove empty calories from bread and wraps. Plus, this recipe is a great way to pack in an extra serving of veggies into your day.
These pancakes are so healthy, you can enjoy them as a pre-workout energy boost! All you need is bananas, egg whites, baking powder, and clean-eating protein powder to make this 60-calorie breakfast a reality.
These breakfast cups have it all. They have a whopping 21 grams of protein and only 13 carbs. We love this recipe because it’s easy to make and a perfect breakfast food for weight loss.
Lunch and Dinner Recipes
Want to cut calories? Although this recipe only has 123 calories per serving, consider dividing the recommended serving between two cabbage or lettuce leaves. It’s a little mind trick you can use, when in actuality, it’s virtually the same number of calories as having one filled cabbage or lettuce cup.
We can tell you how amazing this recipe is but don’t believe us, check out the comments to see what our audience is saying. Here’s one example, “This was easy and delicious. Added thinly sliced jalapeño on top before baking. We loved it!”
Want to lose weight? Toss the ingredients in the slow cooker and have it waiting when you come home from work. Make life easier by freezing the soup in individual mason jars for a quick and delicious lunch. Enjoy a bowl of our Flush the Fat Away soup throughout the 3-Day Cleanse & Detox and kick those extra pounds to the curb.
Make this recipe over and over and never tire of these favorite nacho boats. This yummy recipe has been shared over 3 million times. Need I say more? Be sure to watch the video to see just how easy it is to make this popular recipe. The skinny on this recipe? It’s great for lunch or dinner along with a side of Skinny Mexican Rice.
OMG, this recipe is perfect for freezing. There are multiple reasons why this one made out list of most popular weight loss recipes. You’ll probably want to make two batches of these skinny rolls. I highly recommend freezing one batch for later, or better yet, grab a couple of rolls from the freezer, defrost in the fridge and take for lunch the next day.
A jazzed up chicken dish with just the right amount of black pepper to make this one very popular recipe. You’ll love that this one-pot dinner has 27 grams of protein and only 4 carbs. Now that’s a win win!
The word “fiesta” is in the title for good reason. Check out all the color in this soup recipe and you’ll understand why it’s consider festive and flavorful.
You won’t miss the meat with this protein-packed lunch wrap. Between the black beans and spinach, you’ll rack up 13 grams of filling protein.
We took our favorite restaurant appetizer and turned it into dinner! Satisfy your cravings for something creamy and rich by whipping up this easy recipe.
25. Quinoa Meatballs
This recipe is a great way to create variety with quinoa, everyone’s favorite protein-packed plant-based ingredient. Once you try these vegetarian meatballs, you may never turn back to the meat-filled ones!
Soups are a great way to keep the calories low, and that’s especially true of vegetarian soups. Between chewy texture of the lentils and incredible flavor of the potatoes, corn, carrots, and green beans, you won’t even miss the meat.
Skip the tortilla and fall in love with our Skinny Burrito Bowls. We love it just the way the recipe describes it, but there are almost infinite number of ways to customize your bowl. Swap in other lean meats and vegetables, use cauliflower rice or quinoa instead of the brown rice, and make it your own!
This filling combination of lean, ground turkey and rice makes an ideal dinner for busy weeknights. We skinnied-up the traditional recipe by skipping the saturated-fat-heavy ground beef, but you won’t barely notice; these savory rolls have so much flavor!
Who needs take-out when you can make meals this delicious at home? We don’t know which we love more: the flavor of this healthy sesame chicken or the fact that you can make it in the slow cooker!
Speaking of take-out, here’s another one of our most popular recipes on the site. This recipe puts you in charge of what goes into your fried rice. Spoiler alert: it’s filled with significantly healthier ingredients than the stuff you get at the restaurant!
A recipe with “creamy” in the title isn’t usually a healthy option, but ours is definitely an exception to the rule! We use coconut milk create the creamy sauce for this chicken dish, all while keeping the calories low.
We eat with our eyes first, so there should be no problem devouring this beautiful soup! It’s as comforting as a bowl of chicken noodle soup; we just added some Thai-inspired flavors with curry, coconut aminos, and coconut milk.
Stir-fried vegetables were made for weeknight dinners! This vegetarian recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes, and since it’s a one-skillet meal, you won’t have to spend all night doing the dishes either.
Who doesn’t love a recipe that cooks while you’re at work? You’ll come home to mouthwatering aromas and a ready-to-eat bowl of hearty and filling vegetable soup that’s surprising low in calories.
We saved the best for last! You can do so much with this gourmet-tasting, hearty chicken recipe. Turn it into tacos, sandwiches, salads, and more. Whip up a batch on Sunday, and you’ll have the basis for a healthy, homemade meal all week long.
Get your energy before and after every workout by keeping these bars on hand 24/7. You’ll want to keep oat flour and clean protein powder in your pantry to make this and many other energy boosting foods. It really is that simple.
Over the years, I’ve created many recipes using the combination of protein and complex carbs (the good kind). Quinoa protein bars are no exception. In fact, this recipe may be my favorite when it comes to eating healthy after an exhausting workout. Make this a “go-to” recipe for days when workouts leave you feeling depleted of energy. I expect those days are often. 🙂
These nutritious, filling energy bites are packed full of superfoods: chia, rolled oats, and flax seeds for texture, and clean-eating sweeteners to satisfy your sweet tooth. Since these foods have a low glycemic index, there won’t be any crash: just stable energy for hours to get you through your workout.
These no-bake energy balls couldn’t be easier to make! Simply mix up the dough, roll it into balls, and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. You’ll get a boost of protein in a delicious, sweet-and-nutty package.
All the flavors of dessert, packed into your workout smoothie! This is another one of our most popular weight loss recipes, because it makes you feel like you’re indulging! The coconut milk adds a brilliant smooth texture to the drink, which is full of nutrient-dense fruits. Add in protein powder and you have everything you need to make your workout a success.
Snack and Dessert Recipes
Who doesn’t love chips? But who loves what they do to your waistline? Forget about that with this delicious recipe of crispy perfection. One bite and you’ll be hooked with only 99 calories per serving.
Nuts are a fantastic snack when you’re looking for something quick and nutritious. They’re full of healthy fats that keep you feeling satiated for hours, just make sure not to overdo it because they can be calorie-rich if eaten in large quantities.
This healthier cookie recipe is perfect as a snack with coffee, but it also makes an incredible after-dinner treat. It’s moist and sweet, and fits into a Paleo diet plan. This cookie is delicious anytime of the day!
You might think of shrimp as a lunch or dinner meal, but this quick recipe is low-calorie and protein-packed, making it an ideal snack. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to make!
Skip the bag of chips and opt for a healthier crunch: roasted chickpeas! This high-fiber snack tastes great, thanks to all those savory spices.
Sometimes, you need to throw a dessert into the mix to calm your sweet tooth cravings. These chocolatey treats are made from clean and wholesome ingredients. And, since they’re perfectly portion sized, there won’t be any temptation to overeat.
It really is THIS easy to turn your favorite vegetable into a fritter snack! The edges turn nice and crispy as they cook, and crunchy food is always more satisfying than soft food. Make them ahead and reheat them when you need an easy snack.
One look at these berry bites will tell you why this is one of the most popular healthy dessert recipes on the site. All you need is some yogurt, berries, and crushed almonds to make these 130 calorie treats.
Did you know you can make ice cream without milk or cream? It’s true! We love whipping up a batch of this dairy-free ice cream to cool down in the summertime without sacrificing our weight-loss goals.
Okay, get ready for a shock: each peanut butter banana cup only has 69 calories. That’s not a typo! The best part is you can store these bites in the freezer and pull them out whenever you feel the urge for something sweet.
Which one of these popular weight loss recipes is your favorite? We want to know! Tell us in the comment section.