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3 Healthy Recipes That Take Only 5 Minutes

You don’t have to spend hours preparing food to make healthy recipes. To prove it, we’ve made this list of five-minute healthy and easy recipes to help you fit nutrition-packed meals into your busy schedule.

5-Minute Breakfast Smoothies

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

The key to how to lose weight fast is finding a balance between protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Finding that balance won’t be a problem with these smoothie recipes. With a Coffee Banana Smoothie, you’ll get your morning coffee fix while powering up with protein-packed Greek yogurt and a banana as a carbohydrate. Or try this Skinny Green Monster Smoothie packed with vitamin-dense spinach and protein-filled peanut butter.

5-Minute Healthy Italian Dressing

Healthy Dressing Recipe

Healthy Dressing Recipe

Reading labels is an important part of eating healthy, but salad dressing labels can be confusing. One dressing will be loaded with fat but low in sugar, while another will be low in sugar but high in sodium. The best way to avoid accidently sidelining your diet by choosing an unhealthy dressing, is to make your own.

Ingredients

  • ½ Tbsp. olive or avocado oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt

Prep

The best part of this dressing is that you don’t even have to mix it in a separate bowl. Just top your salad with all the dressing ingredients and mix.

5-Minute Dessert

Healthy dessert recipe

Healthy dessert recipe

Satisfying your sweet tooth doesn’t have to mean getting off track your healthy diet. With this Five Minute Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, or any of these 14 Guilt Free Mug Cakes, your cravings will be satisfied without the extra side of guilt. You can also try these vegan, gluten free Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies. Although they only require five minutes of prep time, they do need 25 minutes to bake. But if you can spare the time, they are healthy and well worth the wait!

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Weight Loss Recipes From A GPM Counselor

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One of our Weight Loss Counselors, Cassandra, just finished up with our Rapid Weight Loss program! A huge congratulations to her. She looks (and feels) awesome! To hear more about her story check out her weight loss counselor guest blog on our site.

She used medical weight loss to change her life, and now she wants to help you do the same. She gave us some of her favorite recipes from the 23 days she spent on the Greater Pittsburgh Medical Weight Loss Rapid Weight Loss program.


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Weight Loss Chili

What you’ll need:

  • 3.5 oz 93-97 % lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (fresh, not from a can)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Chopped Garlic Cloves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chili powder
  • onion powder
  • Italian seasonings

How to cook it:

  1. Cook ground beef and drain out fat.
  2. Add back to pan and combine with rest of ingredients.
  3. Add seasonings to taste.

Baked Tilapia

What you’ll need:

  • 3.5 oz of fresh fish
  • 1 lemon — cut in half, one side sliced thin, one side left to squeeze
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of onion
  • 1/2 cup of artichoke hearts
  • 1 TBSP of capers

How to cook it:

  1. Place fish over foil.
  2. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over fish.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add remaining ingredients on top of fish & place thin slices of lemon on top.
  5. Cover/wrap in foil and place in the oven on 400 degrees for 20-25 min.

*The juices from the lemon, tomato, and onion make a nice broth— has so much natural favor! This is one of my favorite dishes! Great for maintenance of our Rapid Weight Loss plan. – C.D.


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Buffalo Chicken Bites

What you’ll need:

  • 3.5 oz of chicken
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • salt
  • pepper

How to cook it:

  1. Cut all excess fat off of chicken.
  2. Marinate in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and bake as you usually do.

*I usually serve this over greens – C.D.


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Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • chopped garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cucumbers

How to make it:

  1. Blend all ingredients except cucumber together in a food processer.
  2. Slice cucumbers and serve.
Snack On Track

Snack On Track: 30 Healthy Snacks Under 200 Calories

Tired of eating the same old thing day after day? We’ve got you covered with 30 snacks that, with correct portion sizes, are a must-have for any health-conscious eater. Protein bars are easy, smart snacks, but sometimes you want to spice it up. Whether you’re in the mood for sweet, savory, or a bit of both, we’ve got 30 quick snacks for you to try. And they’re all under 200 calories, so you can easily fit them into your meal plan.

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