Plant-Powered Lunches to Help You Lose Weight

1. Chickpea Salad

Toss together chickpeas, diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and season with herbs like basil or parsley.

2. Lentil Soup

A hearty bowl of lentil soup can be both satisfying and low in calories. Add vegetables like carrots, celery, and spinach for extra nutrients.

3. Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Combine cooked quinoa with roasted vegetables like sweet potato, broccoli, and bell peppers. Top with a tahini or avocado dressing for healthy fats.

4. Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry

Swap out regular rice for cauliflower rice and stir-fry it with a variety of vegetables. Add tofu or tempeh for protein.

5. Avocado Toast

Top whole-grain toast with mashed avocado and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast or chia seeds. Add sliced tomatoes or cucumber for extra freshness.

6. Veggie Sushi Rolls

Make your own sushi rolls with brown rice, avocado, cucumber, and other veggies of your choice. Serve with low-sodium soy sauce and wasabi.

7. Zucchini Noodles

Replace regular pasta with zucchini noodles and top with a homemade tomato sauce. Add some plant-based meatballs made from lentils or chickpeas.

8. Stuffed Bell Peppers

Fill bell peppers with a mixture of black beans, corn, and brown rice. Bake until the peppers are tender and top with salsa or guacamole.

9. Spinach and Berry Salad

Combine baby spinach with mixed berries, walnuts, and a light vinaigrette. The berries add natural sweetness, and the walnuts provide healthy fats.

10. Falafel Wrap

Make or buy baked falafel and wrap it in a whole-grain tortilla with lettuce, tomato, and a drizzle of tahini.

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