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10 Incredible Lean and Green Recipes That Help You Shed Weight

But sometimes, finding lean and green recipes can be difficult, especially if you’re starting the 5&1 Plan. You’re probably wondering where even to start! The good news is that we here at OPTAVIA are working hard to compile the most comprehensive and easy-to-use list of lean green meals you’ll find anywhere. But first, let’s take a look at why these Chocolate Candy Recipes are vital to the 5&1 Plan…

1. Avocado Chicken Salad Of Lean and Green Recipes

This lean and green meal is made with grilled chicken breast, olive oil, red onion, peppers, garlic, avocado, cilantro, and lemon juice.

Grill the chicken on your outdoor grill or stovetop for about 4 minutes per side until cooked. Add olive oil to a small skillet over medium-high heat; add red onion, garlic, and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes until tender, then remove from heat.

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2. Asian Lettuce Wraps with Tofu

These lean green recipes are low in calories and high in flavor. Asian Lettuce Wraps with Tofu provides a delicious option for lunch or Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes. Wrapping the seasoned tofu in lettuce is easy to get your protein without going overboard on fat. This healthy recipe provides just over two hundred fifty calories per serving, helping you stay within your daily calorie range.

3. Broccoli Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced or thinly sliced (about 1 cup) 2 celery stalks, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth (see Note)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets (from about 6 heads of broccoli), cut into pieces about the same size as the other vegetables

4. Quinoa with Black Beans, Corn, & Tomatoes

This dish is hearty enough to be a meal on its own, but it’s also perfect as a side dish. Packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, this is the ultimate lean & green recipe that’ll keep you satisfied all day. Start by adding quinoa to a medium-sized pot and filling it with water. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Then reduce the heat to low-medium so that the quinoa continues to simmer for 15 minutes or until it’s just cooked through. Drain the excess water, then add black beans, corn, tomatoes, and lime juice. Stir well until everything is combined before serving!

5. Guacamole Dip With Lean and Green Recipes

Guacamole Dip is a delicious appetizer that will work well with any lean and green meal. This dip can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days, so it’s perfect for hosting parties or get-togethers. Remember that guacamole is a healthy fat, so don’t hesitate to indulge!

Mashed (1/2 cup) 1/4 cup minced red onion 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

Mash avocado in a medium bowl until smooth. Add red onion, garlic, lime juice, and salt; stir to combine.

  • Avocado
  • Garlic
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Cilantro leaves
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6. Veggie Burger without a Bun

This is a versatile recipe that you can serve as a side dish or make into a meal by topping it with your favorite veggies. I like to use gluten-free breadcrumbs for the base of this veggie burger without a bun, but you can also use ground oats or rice. This recipe will yield 8 patties. One patty is 2 net carbs.

Start by cooking the onions in butter until they are translucent and soft, then add in the bell peppers, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper to taste.

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7. Chunky Chicken Vegetable Stew

This lean green recipe contains protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, it’s great to use those leftover vegetables in your fridge. And if you’re feeling adventurous, this stew is also an excellent base for adding fun flavors with spices like cumin, curry, or herbs like thyme or oregano.

It’s also a comforting dish on a cold winter night. With a little patience and time to let the flavors come together, you’ll be rewarded with a hearty soup that’s as good for your waistline as it is for your taste buds!

8.Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

This refreshing, creamy, sweet smoothie is perfect for a warm day. Plus, it’s so easy to make! The best part about this smoothie is that you can substitute the strawberries with your favorite fruit or use any frozen fruit.

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe

-1 cup of unsweetened almond milk -1 cup of fresh strawberries or frozen berries -1 scoop of vanilla OPTAVIA protein powder -1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon powder -3 tablespoons of organic honey (or to taste).