Losing belly fat is a goal that many people have. With these quick lunch box foods you do not need to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen and you can cut out unhealthy foods.
With these Indian foods for weight loss, you can eat your way to a flat belly without resorting to imported foods or struggling to find ingredients.
Check out these gluten-free vegetarian meals perfect for every Indian household to help you look and feel sexy, healthy, and strong again.
Two things that keep people from actually going through with the decision to live more healthily is that they think they do not have the time to do it and that their meals will become boring and lack flavor. You will see that this is not the case at all.
I will be sharing three delicious recipes with you in this article that are vegetarian, gluten-free, and absolutely full of flavor. Best of all, these meals are all made from foods that you can find easily in India and are not imported which will save you money and time as well as leaving you free to enjoy more familiar flavors in a healthy way. Losing belly fat has never been this simple.
Before we get to the recipes, let’s look at gluten and how it causes weight gain.
What is Gluten
Gluten is a type of protein specifically found in wheat and its subgroups like spelt and durum, barley, and rye. But with the way food is processed nowadays, you find gluten in oats depending on where its grown or manufactured, condiments, some specialty drinks, sauces, even in some personal care products.
What is the Problem with Gluten
Gluten is just about everywhere. People spend hours searching on the internet or reading books on how to lose belly fat but they never do because they are eating foods, in this case, foods that contain gluten and it may be the reason for your lack of progress regarding your weight.
We are consuming so much more gluten than people did just a few decades ago. Gluten is hard to digest and many people have become gluten sensitive because of overexposure to gluten. We are bombarding our digestive systems with this hard to digest protein which causes chronic inflammation. This leads to a hormone imbalance, particularly, with cortisone.
Excess cortisone in the body causes accumulation of belly fat (medically known as visceral fat). Not only does this cause your belly to jut out in an unflattering manner but puts your health at risk because the fat then causes further hormone imbalances including insulin (controls blood sugar levels), estrogen (female sex hormone), leptin (controls satiety), and ghrelin (hunger hormone).
This sensitivity is not life-threatening like celiac disease where even the smallest particle of gluten is harmful, but it certainly will benefit your health and waistline to reduce and even completely cut out gluten.
Indian Foods for Weight Loss
You may think there are no Indian foods for weight loss, but this is not true. Indian dishes are so full of flavor and this is achieved by the use of spices. Did you know that hot spices like chili and mustard have a thermogenic effect meaning they boost your metabolism? Spices like pepper, ginger, turmeric, chili, and coriander have anti-inflammatory properties.
This is why healthy food never needs to lack flavor. Pepper and turmeric are one of the best combinations for lowering inflammation and spices like ginger and peppermint that help with digestion as well as lowering inflammation. They are the perfect addition to your belly fat diet plan.
Lunch Box Foods to Lose Belly Fat
1. Quinoa Biryani
Ingredients for Cooking
1/2 cup of quinoa
1/2 cup of chopped onion
A cup of chopped carrots
½ cup of peas
One cup finely chopped bell pepper
A teaspoon of ginger garlic (grated) or coarsely ground
Three tablespoons of ghee
Half tablespoon of cumin seeds
One teaspoon ghee
2 Tbsp Biryani masala
1 green chili
One and a half cup of water
A teaspoon of garam masala powder
A tablespoon of lime juice
Method of Preparation
Take a pan and heat the ghee.
Add the cumin seeds. Wait till the seeds splutter.
Add coarse paste or grated ginger garlic. Sauté them for some seconds.
Add the chopped onion and sauté again.
Gradually add the entire chopped vegetables one after the other including bell pepper, mushroom, carrot, and corn. Sprinkle some salt onto it and fry.
Now add the biryani masala. Let it cook for a minute or so.
Wash the quinoa adequately and combine the cooked veggies with the same. Once it is cooked for a minute add the water.
Place the lid over the pan.
Let the whole dish cook for a maximum of ten minutes over low to medium flame. Stir occasionally.
After ten minutes open lid and fluff the mixture with a fork.
Add cilantro and lime juice.
The quinoa biryani is ready to be served.
Note: You can also use amaranth if you do not have quinoa.
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2. Vegetable Tikki
125 grams of paneer or cottage cheese
Four tablespoons of peas
1 small capsicum (chopped)
1 small baby carrot (chopped)
½ cup of French beans (chopped)
1 tablespoon of chaat masala
1/4 tablespoon of black pepper powder
4 Tbsp of chopped coriander leaves (dhaniya)
Salt according to taste
½ cup of rice flour
Method of preparation of tikkis
Crush the whole quantity of paneer
Add the peas, chopped capsicum, beans carrot, rice flour and coriander leaves to the paneer.
Add the spices according to your taste and blend with the above ingredients.
Blend the mixture in a way that no lumps are left. It has to be supple and smooth in texture.
Take some of the mixtures in your palm.
Shape the mixture into balls and level them into flat shapes.
Make all the paneer tikkis of equal sizes with all the mixture.
How to fry the tikkis
Take a non-stick tava. Place it on a medium flame (or medium heat).
Heat some ghee in it.
Fry the tikkis until they are golden brown.
Remove the cooked tikkis from the flame when they are golden from both sides.
3. Cauliflower Poha
3 cups of chopped uncooked cauliflower
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
6-10 curry leaves
3 tablespoons of peanuts and walnuts (walnuts must be soaked)
1 tablespoon of mustard seed
¼ teaspoon of red chili powder (optional)
Lemon juice extracted from one small lemon
Salt and/or pepper as per taste
Method of preparation
Slightly roast the peanuts and walnuts at a low heat. Take them out and keep them aside.
Randomly chop the heads of the cauliflower into small chunks.
Grind the cauliflower in a blender till they are fairly small.
Heat the pan over a medium to high flame or setting.
Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to the pan.
Add Mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Add onion and sauté it for 2 minutes.
Add the ground cauliflower to the pan.
Add all the spices (salt, pepper, and red chili powder) to the food in the pan.
Mix all the ingredients well and let them cook for at least 10 minutes.
Serve hot with lemon juice and chaat masala for great flavor.
Enjoy these tasty meals at home for lunch or dinner or take them to work with you. Please share your weight loss journey with us in the comments.
Eating to lose belly fat is easy, quick, and delicious.
Gluten-free is the best way to go as gluten is hard to digest protein that many people are sensitive to. It can lead to chronic inflammation, belly fat, and hormone imbalances.
Do not be afraid to add healthy fats like ghee, olive oil, and coconut oil to your food.
Lower your intake of grains to further heal your gut and minimize bloating.
Fill up on seasonal veggies to boost your nutrient intake and include fiber in your diet.
Spices like ginger, coriander, turmeric, pepper, and chili are all helpful for boosting your metabolism and lowering inflammation in the body. This will help you to lose weight, particularly, belly fat.