Now that the wonderful chaos of the holiday season has died down, it’s time to get our diets back on track. I don’t know about you, but post-NYE I’ve been working hard to eat meals that are filled with greens, nutrients and lean proteins to make up for all the unhealthy treats I succumbed to over the past couple months.

Losing weight doesn’t always mean eating less, it just means eating more of what’s good for you and filling your body with foods that satisfy you for longer. Foods like chicken and salmon are known to keep your belly full, while other super foods help with digestion and nutrition. You should aim for a healthy, balanced diet above all else. Fill your body with fresh fruits and veggies, and lean meats that increase your protein intake.

Don’t worry, these recipes aren’t ones that will make you cringe from being boring and plain, they all look absolutely delicious! Plus, they’re super nutritious and are packed with ingredients that aid in weight loss – the best of all worlds if you ask me! Here are 5 healthy dinner recipes to help you lose weight.

1. Asian chicken lettuce wraps via Crème de la Crumb

Chicken lettuce wraps have long been a favourite of mine, ever since I first tried them at P.F. Chang’s. I’ve made them a number of times at home and they are just as tasty! Chicken has tons of lean protein, so along with keeping you satisfied it also helps to build muscle (with regular gym sessions of course) and lettuce is a healthy alternative to bread wraps. Plus, these are also filled with edamame, chestnuts, carrots, zucchini and more delicious veggies.

2. Ginger carrot soup via Popsugar

Soups are a go-to in my household in the wintertime, and this carrot ginger medley looks scrumptious and comforting. It’s packed with vitamins A and C, along with manganese, which is known to aid in digestion. So overall, a great detox soup!

3. Vegan yam noodles with miso sauce via One Green Planet

I’m such a sucker for white pasta, which is probably the worst kind of pasta for you there is, especially when it comes to weight loss. Although I refuse to cut white past out entirely (it’s just so good) I’ve been on the hunt for tasty alternatives and these yam noodles take the cake! Instead of spaghetti and meatballs, try this recipe for a healthy noodle change.

4. Spicy kale and quinoa black bean salad via The Glowing Fridge

I absolutely love spicy foods! And did you know that hot spices like chilies help with weight loss? Well, they do. This salad is filling, its packed with greens and it really brings the heat! Whip it up in under 30 minutes for a light, nutritious meal.

5. Coconut crusted salmon via Skinny Mom

Coconut. Crusted. Salmon. Need I say more? Salmon is packed with lean protein so it’s a great addition to a healthy, balanced diet. A good dose takes a while to digest so it keeps you full for longer. And the addition of coconut is a nice twist to a typical maple or dill salmon recipe. Pair it with some broccoli for some extra antioxidants.

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Losing weight doesn’t always mean eating less, it just means eating more of what’s good for you and filling your body with foods that satisfy you for longer. Of course, finding the right foods to help you lose weight can be tricky, which is why we've done the work for you. Check out 5 of our favorite healthy dinner recipes to lose weight and make your weight loss goals come true!

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Kate
Kate is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Toronto, Canada. She’s always had a passion for the written word, and after interning at publications such as FASHION Magazine and The Kit, she knew she had to take her passion to the next level. When she’s not sharing her love for styling outfits, home cooked meals, fitness endeavours and home décor, she’s probably taking a hot yoga class or watching the latest series on Netflix.

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