Home cooking is the most effective thing you can do to lose weight!
You don’t need any kitchen skills to start cooking, you only need some motivation and a couple of simple recipes. Start small, and prepare two homemade meals this weekend; I know you’ll enjoy them!
Enjoy the experience of preparing and sharing a meal made by you. Your friends will like it, your family will love it, and your body will highly appreciate it. Embrace the habit and enjoy the pleasure of home cooking,
To motivate and inspire you, I will share two recipes with you here, every Friday. Each one will be quick, easy, and, of course healthy!
If there’s a recipe you are looking for, let me know in the comment section and I’ll try to find it for you.
Let’s Start Cooking!
Lactose-Free Pizza & Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna
My mother once told me something very important: if you like eating, you have to like cooking too! These are words I live by.
I love eating but I love my health too, so I’ve worked hard to learn how to make healthy food to eat. In my opinion, it’s only by cooking your own food that you can take control of exactly what you eat.
Yes, you could buy commercially-made healthy foods but a) they are often expensive, and b) they don’t always contain the ingredients you want or may even contain ingredients you don’t want!
If you care about your health or your weight, and cannot afford to hire a 24/7 personal chef, you need to prepare most of your food yourself.
That’s why I’m so passionate about sharing recipes with you – I want you to enjoy your food, be healthy, and have fun to learn new recipes. I’ve tested each and every one of them and given them my Sarah seal of approval. Because of this, you know they’ll be tasty, healthy, and easy to make!
Low Carb Breakfast & Raw Dinner
Do you take multivitamin tablets? Me too! I think of them as a nutritional safety blanket that ensures I get all the nutrients I need to stay healthy. After all, with even the best intentions, it’s all-too easy to miss a healthy meal and end the day being deficient in vital vitamins or minerals.
It’s important to remember, however, that even the best multivitamin tablet cannot compare to what Mother Nature packs into vegetables and fruits. Foods like bell peppers, spinach, oranges, and all those other amazing veggies and fruits should be your primary source of daily nutrients. That’s why most experts agree that you should eat at least five portions a day – and preferably double that amount.
But, when choosing your fruits and vegetables, it’s important that you select a variety of different colours for your meals. Why? Because the colours are indicative of the different nutrients they contain. That’s why, every day, I make sure I eat red, yellow, orange, and green vegetables and fruits. If you do this too, you’ll always get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wraps & Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata
If you want to lose weight, the last thing you should do is follow a faddish, restrictive diet. Eating plans that promise fast fat loss are rarely sustainable. In fact, many make you gain weight because you end up so hungry.
The best way to lose weight is to eat foods you enjoy, that fill you up, and that you can stick with for as long as it takes to reach your target weight. Even the best diet is not worth the paper it’s printed on if you can’t stick to it!
That’s why I am a big fan of healthy eating. Healthy eating can lead to weight loss even when that’s not your main goal. When you eat less sugar, fewer trans fats, and more natural food, you give your body exactly what it needs to function properly, and that makes it easier for your body to regulate your metabolism and burn unwanted fat.
The next time you are thinking about going on another crazy diet, instead just try to eat more healthily. You’ll lose weight anyway, and you’ll actually enjoy the meals you make!
Raw Zucchini noodles & Gluten-Free White Bean Soup
You are what you eat. I don’t know who uttered these immortal words first, but they were really onto something important. The moment you grasp the truth behind the words, the moment you understand how important the food you eat is to your health.
You are what you eat basically means that everything you eat becomes part of you. If you eat healthy food, you too will be healthy. But, if you eat foods laden with sugar, artificial chemicals, trans fats, and other unhealthy ingredients, you have to expect that they’ll make you unhealthy.
That’s why I have such a big interest in nutrition; I think you can avoid and treat a lot of illnesses by eating right. As that other famous nutrition saying goes: let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.
A lot of people think healthy eating is hard or complicated but, really, it’s not. That’s why I love sharing easy but delicious recipes with you, and here are two more for you to enjoy!
Moroccan Turkey Salad & Rainbow Raw Veggie Salad
I can’t believe it’s February already! January went so fast. If, like me, you ate a lot of lovely but not always healthy food over the holidays at the end of last year, you are probably thinking that it’s time to start dropping a few pounds and eating more healthily again. Good idea!
In lots of ways, January is a terrible time to start a new eating plan. Why? Because after all those holiday goodies, the change from unhealthy to healthy eating is just too big. You’ve probably even got sweets, cookies, and other holiday foods left over.
But, by February, all those holiday foods are gone, and you should feel more than ready to start making changes to your diet.
This is why I think so many healthy eating New Year’s resolutions don’t stick; there are too many temptations. But, wait a month, and you’ll have fewer nutritional barriers standing in your way.
Here are two great recipes to try that aren’t just healthy, they are tasty and easy to make too!
Veggie breakfast bake & Easy Vegan Black Bean Veggie Burgers
This week, I want to share two of my newest, most favorite recipes with you. I’ve made both of these dishes for myself, my family, and my friends, and they were big hits every time! It’s always nice to find recipes that become instant favorites; especially if they are as healthy and easy to make as they are tasty.
The weekend is the perfect time to try out new recipes, but it’s always a shame when something you thought was going to turn out great doesn’t turn out very well at all. That’s why I hope you’ll try my recipes, because I only share the very best ones with you!
Strawberry-cress salad & Naturally Sweet Lemon Ginger Beet Juice
Time is a valuable commodity – even at the weekend. Yes, it’s a good time to relax and spend some time making new recipes for your friends and family to enjoy, but it’s also a good time to get out of your kitchen, out of your house, and do something fun instead.
Maybe, instead of cooking, you could try a new, healthy restaurant, go and watch an inspirational movie, or just go for an energizing walk. After all, free time at the weekend should be spent doing what you WANT to do, and not things you’d rather NOT do!
This week’s recipes are both raw so no cooking is required. That’ll save you time while still giving you some great food to enjoy.
Swiss Chard with Chickpeas and Couscous & Smoky Mustard-Maple Salmon
How many of you reading this eat your dinner sat in front of the TV? If the statistics are to be believed, it’s a very large percentage. Not so many decades ago, most people ate their meals while sitting at a dining table, and in the company of their family. Conversations were lively, and it was a great opportunity to catch up on your loved one’s lives.
Fast forward to today, and most people don’t even speak during meal times as they are too engrossed in whatever they are watching on Netflix, or are busy updating their social media page.
Don’t get me wrong, I like TV, and am a big fan of social media too, but I don’t think either of them are good replacements for quality family time.
This weekend, why not make one of these wonderful dinner recipes, serve it at a dining table, and eat it together with your family or friends. TV dinners? Just say no!
Avocado and nectarine salad & Grilled apple and Swiss cheese sandwich
Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do for your family, friends, and yourself. By eating healthily, you will be healthy too, and that means you’ll live a longer, more productive life, with less illness and fewer doctor’s visits. I can’t think of a more important gift you can give to those people you love.
But, healthy cooking is often seen as time-consuming or boring. I don’t believe this is true! If you seek out good ingredients and simple recipes, you should have no problem creating tasty, healthy meals in minutes, that are easy enough that anyone can make them.
Here are two simple but healthy recipes to try this weekend!
Zesty lamb chops with crushed kidney beans & Easy Mediterranean chicken
I love cooking new and interesting things at the weekend. During the week, I often eat food that I have batch-cooked or slow cooked on Sunday, as I’m usually too short of time to make a healthy evening meal from scratch. However, that all changes at the weekend.
But, I don’t want to spend my entire weekend shopping for hard-to- find ingredients, or chained to the kitchen stove! I want my weekend meals to be tasty and enjoyable, but also relatively easy and simple.
The weekend recipes I want to share with you today meet all those criteria, and I know you are going to love them!
Egg Buffet Bites & Tortilla Pinwheels
This Egg Buffet Bites recipe makes a wonderful appetizer, or you could just serve it as a snack with drinks. It’s savory and very moreish so make sure you do enough of them for all your guests!
This 8 Ingredients Tortillas recipe is super simple, takes minutes to prepare, but will impress your guests. I hope you enjoy making them just as much as your guests will enjoy eating them!
Whole roast cauliflower & Christmas Stollen Cake
If you want a change from the normal Christmas meat-fest, make sure you give this Whole roast cauliflower recipe a try.
One of the things I discovered was a sort of bready cake called Stollen. It’s a rich, crusty dough loaded with fruit and spices, and it’s utterly delicious.
Lentil Stuffed Squash & Cinnamon Christmas Star Cookies
Try this lentil stuffed squash recipe. I love it, my family love it, my friends love it, and I’m sure you’ll love it too!
6 Ingredients – Super Easy Christmas Recipe. This recipe is super-easy, and the perfect way to spend some quality time with the children in your life.
Italian Roast Vegetables & Easy British Mince Pies
Roast vegetables might seem like an unusual choice for Christmas but, in so many ways, it’s absolutely perfect. I will tell you how and why.
If you fancy trying something different this Christmas, I thoroughly recommend mince pies. Why not make them with your kids? They really are that easy to make!
Bacon and Apple Flatbreads & Egg Pesto Breakfast Wrap
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast sets you up for doing what you need to get done, providing vital energy until lunchtime. And yet, despite its importance, a lot of people skip breakfast altogether, or just grab a bowl of sugary cereal or a pastry.
Missing breakfast, or eating something that is high in sugar, will lead to a mid-morning energy slump, hunger, and often weight gain too. Statistically, people who eat breakfast are slimmer than those who don’t. This is because breakfast eaters don’t tend to eat high-calorie snacks in the middle of the morning when they start to feel hungry and tired.
This week, I’ve got two great breakfast recipes for you, so you have no excuse for skipping this most crucial morning meal.
November 24, Waffle maker omelet & lemon-chicken Caesar salad
Do you find healthy eating a chore? I used to too! After a lot of frustration, I discovered the secret to eating healthily every single day – make it easy, and make it tasty!
If you do these two things, you’ll quickly find that healthy eating is no big deal. In fact, with the right recipes and kitchen equipment, you can make healthy eating easier than eating unhealthily.
In this weekend’s recipes, I share a super-easy way to make perfect, healthy omelets, and one of the best salad recipes you’ll ever eat. Both are ready in minutes, and so that you don’t need to be a good chef to make them.
Eating well is probably the most important thing you can do for your health. Every time you eat healthy food, you give your body everything it needs to function properly, and that means less illness, no weight gain, and more energy. In short, eating healthily will make you happy!
Try these recipes today to see just how easy healthy cooking can be.
November 3, Bacon-wrapped jalapeno & Raspberry Smoothie Bowl
Losing weight is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being overweight is linked to a great many diseases, and can significantly shorten your lifespan. That’s why so much of the information on Days to Fitness is about weight loss.
However, losing weight is only part of the battle; you need to keep it off too. Of course, once you have lost weight, you can relax your diet a little, and eat a few of the foods that were off limits when you were dieting. But, it’s also important to remember that you don’t want to eat so much you regain all the weight you have just lost.
Today’s recipes are very diet-friendly and will help you keep any weight off that you have lost. They are, however, super tasty as well as being healthy and low in calories.
Make these recipes this weekend and share them with your family and friends; they won’t believe how good healthy food can taste!
October 27, Potato Soup & Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge
This weekend I have two very easy recipes for you to try; one for a light lunch, and the other for dessert. If you are new to home cooking, these are great recipes to start with because they really are very simple!
Cooking your own food is uniquely satisfying, and nothing beats the feeling of sitting down to eat something you have made yourself. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan – we all make mistakes in the kitchen! But, every mistake is a learning process.
I remember the time when I was preparing dinner for my friends, and put all the ingredients in my slow cooker before going out for the day, relax knowing that, when I returned later in the day, dinner would be ready.
Of course, it helps if you turn your slow cooker on! I came home to an uncooked meal and we ended up going out for dinner instead. That’s why I now use a programmable slow cooker!
Enjoy this weekend’s recipes – I know I did!
October 20, Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie & Caprese Salad on a Stick
One of the hardest parts about eating healthily is getting started. You know you should eat more vegetables, whole grains, fruits, good fats, and lean protein, but making the change from eating a lot of processed food to eating food that will help you look and feel better can be a big step.
I believe that one of the best times to start eating healthily is at the weekend. Why? Because you have more time on your hands to make good food to eat. With no work or school to worry about, you should be more relaxed, and better able to spend some extra time in the kitchen.
With that in mind, this weekend’s recipes are designed to kick-start your healthy eating regimen. I’ve got a breakfast and a snack for you so that’s your first two meals of the day covered. And best of all – neither of them actually involve any cooking at all!
See if you can make the rest of your weekend healthy too – maybe by following more of my other healthy but easy recipes!
October 13, Slow Cooker Pizza & Crustless Spinach Quiche
Last week was a busy one for me; not enough time to exercise! So, this weekend I decided I really needed to get out and go for a run. However, I also had friends coming over for drinks in the evening, so I knew I needed to make something for them to eat. If only I had a way of making food that didn’t mean standing in the kitchen all day!
Then I remembered two of my favorite recipes – crustless quiche and slow cooker pizza. I could have some of the quiche for my lunch, and save the rest for my guests, and whip up a slow cooker pizza to cook while I was out running; perfect!
These are the recipes I made my friends, served with a big green salad. They were very much appreciated, and I think you will like them both too.
October 6, Meatballs with Potatoes & Slow Cooker Cheesecake
I really enjoy hosting dinner parties for my friends and family. It’s always great to spend time with loved ones! However, I often find it hard when I end up spending more time in the kitchen than I do with my guests, and if I try to make anything too complicated, that’s exactly what happens.
My two recipes today are great for weekend dinner parties, but are easy enough that you don’t have to spend all your time locked away in the kitchen, missing out on being with your friends and family.
The main course is really easy, and will just simmer away while you chat to your guests, and dessert is made in a slow cooker and then chilled for several hours in advance. All that’s left for you to do is choose some great wine and music, and enjoy the rest of the evening. What a lovely way to spend your weekend!
September 22, No-bake chocolate cookies and Dijon-marinated steak
This weekend’s recipes are all about snacks and steaks! Snacks are an important part of healthy eating, and the right type of snack can help keep you feeling full, fight cravings, and prevent overeating.
Steak is one of the life’s pleasures and luxuries, so it makes sense that, if you are going to spend your hard-earned cash on steaks, that they are tasty and tender, and not as tough as old boots!
For our recipes for this weekend, I’m going to share my favourite healthy no-bake cookies, and a great way to make sure you never have to eat tough steaks again.
Why not spend some time with your family and friends, trying these wonderful recipes and sharing some delicious food? It’s what weekends are for!
September 15, Quinoa Pancakes and In your sleep chili
Weekends should be a time for relaxing and spending time with your friends and family. It’s also a good time to eat some delicious, healthy, different food. However, the last thing you want to do is spend your entire weekend cooking!
This weekend’s recipes are quick, easy, but so good you’ll want to share them with your family and your friends. Best of all, you’ll still be free to get out and do whatever you want, as they don’t take long to prepare. Perfect for the weekend.
September 8, Hot Chocolate Banana-Nut Oatmeal and Slow Cooker Tortilla Chicken Stew
Weekends are the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen. With no work to worry about, you can take your time to try out new, exciting recipes that are, of course, healthy too.
I’ve got two great recipes for you to make this weekend. One is a delicious slow cooker chicken stew, and the other one is for a decadent, chocolaty, nutty breakfast. I know you and your family will love both of these weekend feasts!
Friday, April 7 – Flourless Pancakes and Oven-baked frittata
Pancakes without flour – That’s right, only bananas and eggs. You’ll love it. Perfect for a nice Saturday family breakfast or for an evening snack with your friends on Sunday. These high protein pancakes are gluten-free so everybody will love them.
Oven-baked frittata – Healthy vegetables baked with eggs and cheese. Veggies cooked in the oven taste great, and mixed with egg and cheese, are even better. With only 20 minutes of cooking time, this dish is perfect for lunch this weekend. Enjoy it with a glass of white wine. It’s the weekend you deserve it!
Friday, April 14 – Mango & Avocado Smoothie and Light Lasagna
Mango and Avocado Smoothie – Preparation time: 6 minutes.
I know how easy it is to overeat during the holidays so, tomorrow morning, I’m going to start my day with this smoothie that will make me feel full for the whole morning.
Avocado contains healthy fats which make you feel fuller for longer and that means you won’t be tempted to eat more than you should.
Light lasagna – Cooking time 30 minutes.
This lasagna is light on calories because it is not made with pasta! Instead we will use sheets of sliced zucchini. No pasta means less carbs! It’s homemade so it’s also low sugar and high in protein meal but, despite being healthy, it’s still super-tasty and perfect for your family and friends.
Tip: Make extra servings, freeze them, and enjoy during the week with no extra effort or time needed.
Friday, April 21 – Stir-fried chicken & Swedish Meatballs
Today, I would like to share 2 recipes with you for this weekend’s meals; a quick meal and another that is a bit more elaborated but still easy : Stir-fried chicken with broccoli and Swedish Meatballs.
Stir-fried chicken with broccoli, a delicious meal mixing chicken with super-healthy broccoli, that you can prepare in less than 15 minutes. It’s a low fat and low sugar meal but it’s high in protein. A perfect meal for after a workout.
Swedish Meatballs, this is so delicious! This recipe takes a little bit more work, so take your time, relax and enjoy the process of preparing a delicious meal for you and your loved friends or family. It’s a low carb meal, so it’s perfect for those looking to lose weight. If you go the extra mile, serve it with zucchini noodles to save carbs and calories. I know you and your family will love it.