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28 Go-To Recipes I Used During My 100-Pound Weight Loss

You don't have to eat broccoli and grilled chicken every day to lose weight.

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Hi! I'm Arielle, and within the last year and a half, I embarked on a lifestyle change that resulted in a 100-pound weight loss (among other amazing benefits).

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I wrote about it here if you'd like more info!

A common question I receive is about what I'm eating — so I thought I'd take you through some of my favorite recipes, all of which prove that delicious meals and weight loss actually can go hand in hand.

Here's some of my go-to recipes:

By the way, this is just my personal experience, and as always, you should consult a doctor/dietician before changing your diet!

1. PB2, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Yes, I eat pancakes! I use Kodiak Cake Power Cakes protein mix, stir it with water, and cook them on a skillet. And of course, you can put whatever toppings you want and make it your own. I personally love PB2, bananas, and chocolate chips. Recipe here.

Also, PB2 is powdered peanut butter, and I use it ALL the time. Basically the peanuts are slow roasted then pressed to remove most of the oil and fat. You mix it with water and it creates peanut butter! It won't taste like Jif, but it's a great low-cal substitute.

2. Healthy Egg White Breakfast Cups

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I use mushrooms instead of tomatoes, and I make these in mini muffin trays with 1 cup of egg whites instead of 2 cups (so it's only one serving), but regardless it's so easy to make and super nutritious. Recipe here.

3. Yogurt, Fig, and Honey Toast

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Like Oprah, I. LOVE. BREAD. I'm not scared to eat carbs — I enjoy what I want and fit it into my macros. As a matter of fact, here's everything you should know about carbs.

Ingredients pictured: Flax Ezekiel bread, Siggi's nonfat plain Icelandic yogurt, chia seeds, fresh figs, blueberries, and honey.

8. Turkey, Apple, Cheddar, and Cheese Sandwich

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This is one of my FAVORITE sandwiches! I use Trader Joe's ciabatta rolls, Laughing Cow cheddar cheese spread, cajun turkey, apple slices, and sweet chili sauce. The salty/sweet combo is amazing. Additional details here.

9. Southwestern Black Bean Salad

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So easy. So good. I love to pair it with grilled shrimp! Recipe here.

21. Cauliflower Fried Rice

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I usually do shrimp instead of beef, but that's just a personal preference! You can also save yourself some time and buy riced cauliflower from Trader Joe's! Recipe here.

23. Spaghetti Squash Boats

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I used this Tasty video as a guide for making boats, but I make a lighter version. I use 1 teaspoon of olive oil and then put whatever toppings I want (I love grilled chicken, spinach, mushrooms, and light Alfredo sauce) and add way less cheese.

If you'd like to continue following my weight loss journey, or see more of what I'm eating, you can follow my Instagram here.

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