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Vegetarian meals are another great choice for healthy, reduced calorie eating. They are naturally low in fats in general and saturated fats in particular. This makes it easy to achieve that high nutrient, low calorie balance that we are looking for. They also offer a tremendous variety of flavors, adding variety to your mega meal plan. We try to have at least one vegetarian dinner a week, and I often eat meatless lunches.

400 Calorie Vegetarian Dinners - Slimming Vegetarian Recipes


1. Meal in a Potato

You’ll really get your veggies in this recipe. And you’ll also get so much taste and volume that you won’t even think about the fact that it is meatless.

  • 1 pound (455 g) cauliflower florets, steamed until crisp-tender
  • 1 pound (455 g) broccoli florets, steamed until crisp-tender
  • 1 cup (160 g) onion, steamed until crisp-tender
  • 1 cup (150 g) red bell pepper, steamed until crisp-tender
  • 4 large potatoes, baked
  • 1 cup (110 g) low fat Swiss cheese

Steam vegetables. Cook potatoes in oven or microwave until done. Split and top with hot vegetables. Sprinkle with cheese.

4 SERVINGS

Each with: 408 Calories (6% from Fat, 19% from Protein, 74% from Carb); 21 g Protein; 3 g Total Fat; 1 g Saturated Fat; 1 g Monounsaturated Fat; 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 80 g Carb; 13 g Fiber; 10 g Sugar; 451 mg Phosphorus; 424 mg Calcium; 157 mg Sodium; 1675 mg Potassium; 1988 IU Vitamin A; 13 mg ATE Vitamin E; 247 mg Vitamin C; 12 mg Cholesterol


2. A Little Different Stuffed Pepper

400 Calorie Vegetarian Dinners - Stuffed Pepper


Peas and carrots, as well as finely chopped walnuts, give these stuffed peppers not only a nutritional boost, but a flavor boost as well.

  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 cup (160 g) onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup (61 g) carrot, julienned
  • 1 cup (150 g) peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup (180 g) tomato, diced
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (293 g) brown rice, cooked
  • 2 cups (490 g) low sodium spaghetti sauce

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Wash and clean green bell peppers. Cut off tops and remove seeds and membrane. Steam peppers 3 to 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in wok or large skillet and add onion and garlic. Sauté 1 minute. Add herbs, carrot, and peas. Continue to cook 3 to 5 minutes or until carrots are tender, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and add the tomato, walnuts, brown rice, and 1/2 cup (123 g) tomato sauce. Heat through. Stuff mixture into peppers. Spread 1/2 cup (123 g) sauce in bottom of baking dish. Stand peppers upright. Pour remaining sauce over the tops of peppers. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

4 SERVINGS

Each with: 405 Calories (35% from Fat, 10% from Protein, 55% from Carb); 11 g Protein; 17 g Total Fat; 2 g Unsaturated Fat; 8 g Monounsaturated Fat; 5 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 58 g Carb; 12 g Fiber; 22 g Sugar; 248 mg Phosphorus; 99 mg Calcium; 186 mg Sodium; 1129 mg Potassium; 3861 IU Vitamin A; 0 mg ATE Vitamin E; 147 mg Vitamin C; 0 mg Cholesterol

3. Marinated Vegetable Salad

This hearty salad is a full meal. It’s full of beans and cheese for protein, as well as a generous helping of lots of vegetables, and is the perfect meal for a warm evening.

  • 4 cups (360 g) red cabbage, shredded
  • 4 cups (440 g) carrot, shredded
  • 2 cups (512 g) kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cups (200 g) green beans, cooked and cooled
  • 2 cups (480 g) chickpeas, drained
  • 32 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup (8 g) sugar substitute, such as Splenda
  • 1/3 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups (173 g) low fat cheddar cheese, shredded

In a 2 1/2-quart (2.4 L) bowl, place a layer of cabbage, carrot, kidney beans, green beans, chickpeas, and tomatoes. In a jar with tight lid, place sugar substitute, oil, vinegar, and onion. Cover and shake until well mixed. Pour over vegetables. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 4 hours to marinate vegetables. Top with cheese before serving.

6 SERVINGS

Each with: 415 Calories (34% from Fat, 20% from Protein, 46% from Carb); 21 g Protein; 16 g Total Fat; 3 g Unsaturated Fat; 10 g Monounsaturated Fat; 2 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 50 g Carb; 16 g Fiber; 11 g Sugar; 398 mg Phosphorus; 278 mg Calcium; 286 mg Sodium; 1153 mg Potassium; 11 836 IU Vitamin A; 20 mg ATE Vitamin E; 64 mg Vitamin C; 7 mg Cholesterol



4. Great Grilled Vegetable Meal

400 Calorie Vegetarian Dinners - Great Grilled Vegetable Meal


Grilled vegetables are teamed with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella for a warm salad that is perfect for warm weather.

  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 8 Japanese eggplants
  • 2 heads radicchio
  • 2 bulbs fennel
  • 2 tablespoons (28 ml) olive oil
  • 4 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 ounces (225 g) fresh mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons (28 ml) balsamic vinegar

Tip: You can substitute other vegetables like onions and zucchini.

Heat a grill and place the red bell peppers on to cook. Grill until the skin of the peppers is blackened and appears blistered. Remove peppers from the grill and place in a brown paper bag. Roll bag up and allow to set for about 10 minutes in order to enhance flavor. Split the eggplant, radicchio, and fennel in halves; brush radicchio, fennel, and fleshy parts of eggplant with a bit of the olive oil. Place eggplant, radicchio, and fennel on the grill and grill until done, about 8 to 10 minutes. While vegetables are grilling, peel the peppers by placing under cold water and scraping the blistered skin off. It should come off easily. Divide the grilled vegetables among 4 plates. Add slices of the fresh tomatoes and cheese. Drizzle with vinegar.

4 SERVINGS

Each with: 394 Calories (37% from Fat, 20% from Protein, 43% from Carb); 22 g Protein; 18 g Total Fat; 7 g Unsaturated Fat; 8 g Monounsaturated Fat; 2 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 46 g Carb; 18 g Fiber; 11 g Sugar; 508 mg Phosphorus; 595 mg Calcium; 498 mg Sodium; 2137 mg Potassium; 6225 IU Vitamin A; 70 mg ATE Vitamin E; 356 mg Vitamin C; 36 mg Cholesterol


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5. Eggplant Zucchini Casserole

Eggplant Zucchini Casserole - 400 Calorie Vegetarian Dinners


Called it baked spaghetti, vegetable lasagna, or whatever you want, this vegetarian dish is healthy, tasty, and filling. Spaghetti teams with vegetables, primarily eggplant and zucchini, in an Italian-style baked casserole.

  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups (240 g) zucchini, sliced
  • 28 ounces (758 g) low sodium spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) celery, chopped
  • 1 cup (150 g) green bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 ounces (225 g) part skim mozzarella, grated
  • 8 ounces (225 g) whole wheat spaghetti, broken into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces

Layer 1/2 eggplant slices in greased 9 × 13-inch (23 × 33 cm) baking dish, then 1/2 zucchini, then 1/2 spaghetti, 1/2 celery, and green bell pepper. Sprinkle with 1/2 cheese and 1/2 spaghetti sauce. Repeat layers. Bake, covered, at 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4) for 1 1/2 hours.

6 SERVINGS

Each with: 403 Calories (28% from Fat, 18% from Protein, 54% from Carb); 19 g Protein; 13 g Total Fat; 5 g Unsaturated Fat; 6 g Monounsaturated Fat; 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 58 g Carb; 11 g Fiber; 19 g Sugar; 362 mg Phosphorus; 367 mg Calcium; 291 mg Sodium; 974 mg Potassium; 1234 IU Vitamin A; 47 mg ATE Vitamin E; 44 mg Vitamin C; 24 mg Cholesterol

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400 Calorie Vegetarian Dinners - Slimming Vegetarian Recipes

I saw person after person doing love handles exercises, or at least what they thought were love handles exercises and they were doing the wrong ones.

They were spending all their time on the floor doing ab crunch variations, twisting and torquing their bodies into weird positions just so they could work those hard to reach love handles.

4 Best Love Handles Exercises


I even saw people working on the abs machines that are supposed to work the love handles, but they're largely $4000 pieces of junk.

To truly work your love handles, or your abdominal region in general, you've got to get out of the mindset that crunches are the one and only way to accomplish losing stomach fat.

It's simply not the case. In fact, crunches will do little to nothing in terms of burning fat, let alone burning off the love handles.

You need to work a lot more muscle and you need to pick more challenging exercises than what you're typically used to.

Here are my 4 favorite love handles exercises and a short description of how to do them.

1. Side Plank - This is truly a killer and was recently shown in a study to be far more effective than side crunches at working the love handles. To perform the Side Plank lie on your side with your forearm (lower arm) on the ground and your upper arm straight down from your shoulder. Place your feet one in front of the other, then raise your hips off the floor so your body forms a diagonal line from foot to armpit and the only part of you that's on the floor is your forearm and feet. Hold for 15-20 seconds then rotate onto the other side.

4 Best Love Handles Exercises - Side Plank


Once you can get to the point where you can comfortably hold each side for 15-20 seconds you can make it more difficult by raising your top arm straight into the air and your top leg straight into the air. This will make you more unstable which makes your obliques (love handles) have to work all the more harder to keep you from falling over.

Or if you need to start with an easier variation you can bend your legs at the knee and place your knee on the floor that way there is less of your body to support.

2. Cross Body Mountain Climber - This is one of my favorite love handles exercises and not just because it's great at working the sides of your abdomen but because it's a great metabolic exercise which is just a fancy way of saying that it'll kick your butt!

To perform this exercise, get on the floor in the top push-up position so only your hands and feet are on the floor. Brace your abdominals then bring one knee up toward your chest but point it toward the opposite elbow. So if you brought your right knee up first you would bring it toward your chest, then point it toward your left elbow. Extend your leg back to the starting position and immediately bring your opposite leg up to the opposite elbow.


I usually instruct clients to do this exercise for time rather than a certain number of repetitions and it varies from 20 seconds to 40 seconds.

This love handles exercise should be done quickly and explosively so you look like you're running along the floor...only you're not truly running because that would look of weird.

3. Push-Up Plank Extension - The plank extension variations are the types of exercises that if you see them done don't look very hard, but if you do them properly they knock your socks off at their difficulty and effectiveness.

This is not only a great love handles exercise, but a great abdominal exercise and full body exercise, which will burn more fat and make you stronger all over.

To perform it, get down into the top push-up position so only your hands and feet are touching the floor. Brace your abdominals and extend one arm straight out in front of you until it is parallel to the floor. Hold for 1 count, then return to the starting position and repeat with the other arm. Continue back and forth until you've completed 6-10 extensions with each arm.

4 Best Love Handles Exercises - Push-Up Plank Extension


Make sure that you keep your abdominals braced and don't rock back and forth as you're extending your arms otherwise you turn a great love handles exercise into a worthless one.

To make it easier, spread your feet wide. To make it more difficult, bring your feet closer together or raise one foot off the floor.

4. Russian Twists - Sit on your bottom with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. You should be leaning back at a 45 degree angle. You can hold a weight in your hands, or you can choose not to. Lift your feet off the ground and cross them at the ankles. Twist to the right and touch the ground next to your hip with the weight or your hand. Twist back to the left and do the same. Repeat while making sure you are balancing with your legs and torso off the ground.


Performing these 4 love handles exercises either before or after your regular workout will take your fat burning intensity up a notch and will help carve a rock hard stomach.

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You can add them in a couple different ways. You can do them in a circuit after your regular workout, performing each exercise in a row with no rest between, or you can pair them up with an exercise like squats or push-ups in a superset fashion to give a little extra kick to your workout.

Either way it turns your regular workout into an effective love handles workout.


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4 Best Love Handles Exercises

Juicing has become exceptionally popular with those looking to lose weight. Many fruits and vegetables contain minerals that aid in burning fat. Juicing is undoubtedly the way to go considering that cooking foods destroys some of their micronutrients. Processed foods usually lack some of their micronutrients too. In order to get the maximum nutrition value from your fruits and vegetables, juicing is the best option as well as buying only organic products when able. Juicing also helps you get your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet easily. These juices are not only effective in burning fat but are tasty!

5 Delicious Fat Burning Juices Recipes That Boost Metabolism


Making your own juices is certainly something worth trying; but how do you make them? No worries, we’ve got you covered. We’ve gathered up 5 delicious fat burning fruit juice recipes to help get you started.

1. Papaya Passion

This tropical flavored juice is loaded with vitamin C, which plays a big role in weight loss. Papayas also contain papain, an enzyme that helps with digestion and contributes to the breaking down of proteins.

Fat Burning Papaya Juice


Ingredients
  • 1 medium papaya
  • 1 red apple
  • 5 pitted dates

Directions

Remove stem from apple and papaya if applicable. Place all three ingredients in a blender.

Blend well and serve fresh


2. Tropical Green Tea Power

This juice is great for energy and is protein-rich. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant. Flax seeds contain omega. Bananas and mangos are rich in fiber and vitamins.

Ingredients
  • ½ peeled banana
  • ½ cup mango chunks
  • 1 cup peach juice
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp. green tea powder

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend and serve fresh


3. Orange Grapefruit Juice

Fat Burning Orange Grapefruit Juice


This juice promotes weight loss. Grapefruit is high in fat burning enzymes. Scientific studies have shown many positive connections between drinking grapefruit and weight loss.

Ingredients
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 grapefruit

Directions

Peel the oranges and grapefruit. Place all ingredients in a blender

Blend and serve fresh


4. Slim Me Juice

This juice is excellent for weight loss. It boosts metabolism and increases stamina during exercise.

Ingredients
  • 1 apple
  • 4-5 raspberries
  • 1 kiwifruit
  • 1 banana
  • 4 almonds

Directions

Remove stem from apple. Peel banana. Place all ingredients in a blender

Blend and serve fresh


5. Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice


This delicious juice is perfect for burning fat. Watermelon contains arginine. Arginine is an amino acid that both prevents the storing of fat and burns it.

Ingredients
  • ½ of a seedless watermelon
  • ½ cup of coconut water
  • 1 lime
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions

Peel and chop up watermelon into chunks. Place the seedless watermelon, coconut water and cayenne pepper in a blender.

Cut the lime in half. Squeeze the juice from one half of the lime into the blender.

Blend well and serve fresh


5 Delicious Fat Burning Juices Recipes That Boost Metabolism

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5 Delicious Fat Burning Juices Recipes That Boost Metabolism