Fabulous Light Dinner Suggestions

by Sandy

Visitor Question:

I start the day off with breakfast between 8am-8:30am. I start work at 9am so my next break/snack will be about 11:30am. Late lunch, at 2:30pm one hour. Good to rest the feet and it can be very hot. I take a late 10 minute break close to 5pm. At 6pm, I have a dinner/snack.

My meals look like this: breakfast usually eggs & a piece of toast sometimes fruit. Snacks could be yogurt w/granola, a protein shake or almonds. Lunch, a turkey wrap w/carrots & hummus. Dinner, I'm lost. I get home close to 6:30pm and so does my partner. Have any fabulous light dinner ideas?

Lifetime Fat Loss Answers:

Hi Sandy,

Nice to hear from you again!

Hmmm...if you want "fabulous" you need to be able to do a little food preparation on the weekend. If you made one cold summer soup and then washed and dried all of your greens and vegetables for salads and had them in baggies wrapped in paper towels (the greens anyway) it would only take a few minutes to make a great light dinner. Or you could make a batch of tabouli salad. You are light on consuming enough fresh vegetables and fruit during the day. I would suggest always taking some fresh fruit and veggies with you to work.

You might want some raw nuts and seeds on hand to throw a few on the salads and some mixed dark, leafy greens. Make up a week's worth of salad dressings. One night you and your partner could just do a green smoothie fast/detox and drink it with some yogurt and fresh fruit if you can't hack just the veggies. That would be super easy and make you feel righteously good too! Here are the light dinner ideas:

salad with avocado and sliced red onion

(Put a dollop of plain yogurt on the gazpacho if you are extra hungry.)

* There are lots of variations on gazpacho. In fact, I'm planning to put my own version soon in my low glycemic recipes. Sorry, that doesn't help you now.

simple green salad

(Again dollop of plain yogurt - Fage is excellent - on the tabouli.)

simple green salad

lentils with spinach and garlic
1/2 garnet yam (per person)

* You don't really need butter on the yam, it's so rich and you already have olive oil with your lentils.

This last suggestion takes a little more prepping and it can't really be done ahead. This is a light dinner suggestion for the weekend.

Thai apple salad

The Thai salad is quite spicy and goes nicely with the quinotto which is very mild, creamy and yummy.

If you want super fast and easy buy the best quality yogurt you can find. I love Greek yogurt because it's so creamy. Buy whatever fresh fruit is in season and just have yogurt and fruit for your night time snack. A handful of chopped walnuts or almonds and some flaxseed meal (a big heaping tablespoon) can make this a very filling dinner snack.

If your partner is skinny already and it's not enough dinner for him (or her) add a slice of sprouted grain or 100% wholegrain toast with butter.

Hope this helps!

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