Spice Up Your Plate with these Fun Recipes!

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One of the biggest challenges to managing weight and staying on track is what many people refer to as the “food rut.” When the food rut happens, you’ve likely hit an eating routine that has become difficult to get out of. In other words, it’s become difficult to think of new dishes and recipes to add to your plate!

On the journey with weight and health, avoiding the food rut can be essential to staying on top of your goals. By spicing up your plate, you’re not only making it easier to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet, but you’re getting the most out of all of the different foods and nutrients that are out there! Unfortunately, factors such as time, money and company (whoever is eating — be it you or accompanied by others) can affect your ability to find and create new foods.

Fortunately, we’ve brought you some fresh, new recipes to add to your cookbook that will please your taste buds and spice things up!

Add these Recipes to Your Cookbook!

Breakfast – Low-fat Protein Cottage Cheese Yogurt Berry Smoothie


  • 2 tbsp. low-fat plain yogurt (2 heaping tablespoons)
  • 2 tbsp. low-fat 2 percent or lower cottage cheese (2 heaping tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cups frozen dark berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries)
  • 1/2 cups water
  • 28 grams of vanilla or plain whey protein powder


  • Pour in yogurt, water and cottage cheese to bottom of blender
  • Add frozen berries and protein powder
  • Blend until smooth

Source: www.Sparkrecipes.com

Lunch – Grilled Raspberry Chicken Salad


  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinaigrette dressing
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary
  • 4 cups lettuce (torn)
  • 1 cup cucumber (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup mandarin orange (drained)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)


  • Mix 1/2 cup dressing with garlic powder and rosemary. Place chicken breasts in a plastic zip-top bag and add dressing, then marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to 8 hours.
  • Grill chicken 4 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and cover. Allow to rest for 10 minutes to come to temperature.
  • Meanwhile, place lettuce on 4 plates. Divide other ingredients equally among the 4 plates. Slice each chicken breast and put equal amount of chicken on each place. Add additional dressing and enjoy.

Source: www.Food.com

Dinner – Roasted Cheddar Broccoli


  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • Pinch of nutmeg


  • Cut 1 large head broccoli into long spears. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil on a baking sheet. Season with salt. Roast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit until almost tender; about 15 minutes.
  • Toss 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (preferably panko) with 1 cup grated sharp cheddar, 1 bunch sliced scallions, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Sprinkle on the broccoli and roast for 15 more minutes.

Source: www.foodnetwork.com

Want More Recipes to Help You Stay on Track?

For a complete list of additional healthy recipes you’re sure to enjoy, you can read the full article from Your Weight Matters Magazine by CLICKING HERE. 

Do you have any healthy recipes you think others would love, too? We want to see them! Share with us in the comments below or send an email to mstep@obesityaction.org. 

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