8 Weight Loss-Friendly Recipes

The holiday season may be rearing its sugar-coated head, but that doesn’t mean your weight loss goals have to go out the window.

It could be tempting to throw in the towel during the coming weeks as you gear up for the holidays, especially with the lure of sneaking a chocolate bar—or two or three—from your kids’ Halloween candy bags or the office candy bowl. But hold on just one minute!

Who wants to deal with the extra weight and lagging energy that throwing in the towel this time of year can bring?

Instead, arm yourself with diet-friendly recipes like these to get you through the next two months of festivities with plenty of energy and fewer added calories:

Mango Kale Black Bean Quinoa Salad
Lower in calories but high in flavor and fiber, this salad can be made ahead and kept on hand for parties or a quick lunch or dinner.

8 Weight Loss-Friendly Recipes

Fish Tacos 
This dish may taste like a decadent summer pick, but packed with lean protein, veggies and whole grains, it’s a pro at satisfying hunger even through the long holiday season. 

Fish Tacos


Steel-Cut Oat Pancakes 
Starting the day on the right foot is easy with these nutritious pancakes.  Made with filling whole grains and protein-rich Greek yogurt, this hearty choice can help you stay on track towards your goals during the day. 

Steel-Cut Oat Pancakes


Rosemary Chicken 
Pair this with your favorite roasted veggies for a simple and satisfying meal that won’t do in your diet.  Make extra to have on hand for lunch the next day, topping a salad or tucked into a whole wheat wrap.


Provencal White Bean Stew 
Not only can this budget-friendly recipe help you save money for Christmas shopping, but the beans will  also fill you up with fiber and help you maintain energy with iron and B vitamins.  Pair it with a crisp salad for more filling veggies with minimal added calories.

Provencal White Bean Stew


Maple Baked Salmon
What’s better than easy AND healthy this time of year?  Easy, healthy and delicious!  This salmon recipe takes almost no time and can be a perfect choice for an easy weeknight entrĂ©e, grab-and-go lunchtime salad topper, date night delicacy or crowd-pleasing party choice.

Maple Baked Salmon

Smoky Pan-Grilled Baba Ghanoush Dip
Hunger can make it difficult to stick to a healthy weight loss diet.  Keep a tasty dip like this on hand to pair with veggies when you need a quick snack to keep hunger at bay in between meals or before you head out to parties.

Smoky Pan-Grilled Baba Ghanoush Dip


Mango Cashew Energy Bites
Power your workouts with these sweet and balanced little bites.  With protein, carbohydrates and flavor, they’ll not only help you stay fueled for workouts; they may just inspire you to squeeze in some extra workouts this time of year.

Mango Cashew Energy Bites