Five quick dinner tricks to help you lose weight and stay on track!

Tip before reading:

By the end of the day, you're tired and your will power is GONE-ZO. So, before shopping, cooking or just walking near naughty food, do yourself a favor and EAT A SNACK. Some quick ideas are a hard boiled egg, a 1/4 of an avocado with half an apple or some berries or maybe just some turkey slices rolled in some romaine lettuce. Even a spoon full of healthy nut butter helps you and doesn't hinder your goals.

This gets your mind off eating food and onto preparing something healthy for you and your family.

Cooking at the end of the day may seem like a chore, but to get to your goals (healthy weight loss/weight gain, overall health, disease prevention….) it is MUST DO.

Here are some simple tricks to satisfy your hunger, help you sleep better AND lose weight easily while feeding yourself nutrient dense foods.

Step 1

Chose a quick, healthy protein source that cooks in under 20 minutes. This may be chicken breast, tofu you can grill, shrimp, salmon or even a steak that you sous vide’d (is that a word?) and have in your fridge.  The easiest way to prepare it is to marinate with your favorite spice or oil, put it in the oven and bake it. While this is baking….

Step 2

Prepare a vegetable. Microwave a sweet potato or sauté some vegetables in a pan.  You may even have some frozen organic vegetables, like broccoli, ready to throw in a rice cooker while you are cooking some rice. Or just grab some lettuce, chop some cucumbers, carrots, or other veggies to throw on top and add in some nut or seeds.  Green beans, salsa, edamame, the possibilities are endless but get in some vegetables.

Step 3

You may want to pair dinner with some rice, pasta or bread. I would seriously discourage eating wheat pasta or bread before dinner if your goal is to lose weight. Eating a cup of rice or high protein pasta is a better choice if you need that starchy side dish. Need some ideas? There are PLENTY of awesome gluten-free, better-for-you choices like these: