If you’re trying to shed those last five or ten pounds before the holidays, look no further than a vegan diet. Here are 5 healthy vegan recipes for weight loss.
Eating vegan is a great way to keep your weight in check.
You end up cutting out fattening foods like cheese, fried chicken, and ice cream. Avoiding those things will make the pounds melt off fast.
But, that’s only if you’re replacing those foods with healthy, vegan alternatives. Just because something is vegan, doesn’t mean that it’s lower in calories or a “diet” food.
For example, french fries are technically vegan. But, eating a huge plate of fries for dinner won’t do any favors for your figure.
When it comes to weight loss, it’s all about math. If you’re eating something high in calories, vegan or not, you won’t shed pounds. That’s why you have to trade in your non-vegan foods with healthy, plant-based vegan dishes.
1. Fiesta Nacho Stuffed Mushrooms
Though you can easily make vegan nachos, they aren’t great as a weight loss food. All those tortilla chips are loaded with calories! These stuffed mushrooms have the taste of nachos without the carbs.
What You Need
1 cup of your favorite vegan Mexican style cheese
1 diced tomato
1 cup black beans
1/4 of black olives, chopped
6 portobello mushrooms
1 cup guacamole
2 green onions
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Then, rinse and drain the black beans and put them in a medium mixing bowl. Add the cheese, diced tomatoes and olives to the bowl and combine.
Meanwhile, remove the stems from the portobello mushrooms. Evenly stuff the cheese mixture inside each mushroom.
Bake the mushrooms (cheese side up) on a large baking sheet. 15 minutes should do it. You’ll know they’re done when the mushrooms have started releasing juices.
Remove the portobellos and let them cool down for a few minutes. Top each one with a dollop of guacamole. Chop the green onions and sprinkle them on top for garnish.
2. Carrot Pesto Kale Salad
Pesto is a sneaky food that will sabotage your weight loss diet.
You might be surprised to learn that it’s actually loaded with calories. That’s partially thanks to all the parmesan cheese in it. This carrot pesto is vegan and weight loss friendly.
What You Need
The leafy tops of one bunch of carrots
1 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Juice of half a lemon
2 cups of Tuscan kale, chopped
1 cup brown rice
Tablespoon sesame seeds
In a food processor, combine everything except for the kale and brown rice. Mix together on high until it forms a thick consistency. Keep processing until it’s almost completely smooth, but still with a bit of grit.
In a bowl, mix together your chopped kale and brown rice. The brown rice will make this dish more filling. If you’re limiting carbs or just eating this as a side dish, you can omit the rice.
Scoop your pesto mixture over the kale and rice. Toss it all together until everything is evenly coated. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the salad for garnish.
3. Chickpea and Vegetable Soup
A vegetable soup is a comforting dish on a chilly evening. It’s also a great meal option when trying to lose weight. The broth will help fill you up faster without many extra calories.
What You Need
4 carrots, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Teaspoon dried thyme
4 cups of your favorite broth
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed
1/3 cup parsley
Put a large soup pot over a medium-low heat. Add a little water or olive oil to lightly sauté the chopped onions. Next, add in the carrots and celery and cook them until they’ve softened.
Next, add the garlic and thyme to the pot. Pour in the broth, and raise the heat until it reaches a simmer. Let it continue cooking for another 20 minutes.
Pour in the chickpeas and parsley, and let it warm for another minute. Now it’s ready to serve!
4. Energy Snack Bites
When trying to lose weight, it’s important to never let yourself get too hungry. If you do, then you’re more likely to binge at your next meal. That’s why you should always have a healthy snack nearby, like these energy bites.
What You Need
3 cups dates
1 cup unsalted pistachios
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Mix until everything is chopped and begins to stick together.
Create balls out of the mixture by rolling a tablespoon at a time between your hands. This recipe should create about 30 bites.
5. Farro and Blueberry Cereal
Farro is a whole grain that is healthy and filling, making it a great breakfast option. Don’t be afraid that it’s a carb. It’s actually considered a weight-loss game changer.
What You Need
1/2 cup farro
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup toasted almonds
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon maple syrup or other sweetener
The night before, pour your farro into a cereal bowl. Fill the bowl with enough water to submerge all the farro. Let it sit in the refrigerator until morning.
At breakfast, combine the almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan on medium heat. Meanwhile, drain the water from the farro. When the almond milk comes to a boil, stir in the farro.
Reduce the heat to a light simmer and then cover. Let it cook for about 20 minutes or until the farro is soft. Stir
in the remaining ingredients, and let it warm for another minute or two.
Try These Healthy Vegan Recipes for Weight Loss
These healthy vegan recipes for weight loss will have you looking forward to your next meal. Getting in shape or becoming vegan doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor.
Want to learn more about eating vegan while you’re trying to lose weight? Check out this article about breakfast ideas.