6 Staple Weight Loss Recipes for Beginners

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I was in the check out line at the grocery store when a motherly-looking woman behind me blurted out, “Wow, you sure eat healthy!”

A little caught off guard, I flashed a quick smile and said something like, “I try.”

As she gazed at my cart, she continued, “I try to eat healthy too, but it comes in spells.”

Do your health kicks come in “spells”? Do you want to lose weight but are overwhelmed by the fear that your next diet will just be another short lived phase?

Healthy eating spurts are normal. Full Plate Living exists to help you connect these healthy spurts together into a lifestyle you can live with.

Why you need less prep than you think to get started

Have you ever watched someone spend $400 on running gear in preparation for a 5K race?

There’s nothing wrong with having top of the line equipment. It’s fun, especially if you can afford it.

But just as you don’t need top of the line running shoes to successfully run a 5K, you don’t need to start shopping at Whole Foods or purchase top shelf cookware to successfully start stringing a few healthy eating spells together.

6 every day staple recipes for beginners

A definition for the word staple is “a basic dietary item such as rice, flour or corn.”

Below are six beginner recipes that can serve as the staples for your menu as you get started.

Last Minute Chili - Kidney beans are one of the best weight loss foods because they’re jumpin with fiber. And since the topic of protein is trending lately, you’ll also be delighted to know that beans are one of healthiest sources of protein there is. This chili recipe should be a staple of your menu because it will help you reach your daily fiber goal in fewer bites.

Piled High Haystack - Haystacks are an easy and versatile way to fill your plate with fiber rich foods without lots of cooking. It’s also a meal where you can keep the whole family happy because haystacks are easy to customize.

Berry Delight Smoothie - If you’re running late one morning, here’s an 11 minute breakfast that’s portable and will fill you up. This smoothie will get you a quarter of the way towards your daily fiber goal. Reminder: Blending up high fiber foods won’t diminish the fiber.

Black Bean Quinoa Trio - This dish can play the role of a side dish or an entree. Quinoa is growing in popularity and can be found at most grocery stores.

Pita Sandwich - This sandwich is a convenient office lunch and won’t take too much longer to make than a normal cold cut sandwich.

Breakfast Apple Pie - You won’t believe these two oatmeal recipes are actually good for you. Now you can look forward to eating oatmeal.

Homework assignment

This week, practice adding one or two of these recipes to your menu.

As a Full Plate beginner, your first objective is to build a go-to list of staple high fiber recipes that you and your family like. These beginner recipes will help you get started building healthier meals so you can lose weight and your family won’t grumble.


Dan Braun

Dan Braun is General Manager at Full Plate Living who isn’t ashamed to admit he takes great pleasure in tricking his kids into eating healthier. In his free time Dan enjoys mountain biking and dunking on the 7 ft rim with his family.