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When you’re trying to lose weight or adopt a healthier approach to eating, weekends can be tough. The weekend is when you might usually head out for dinner with friends or get take-out. It can feel deflating knowing there are people out there enjoying their favorite foods while you’re trying to ‘be good’.
Denying yourself the foods you love will only result in breaking your overall good habits. Having a tasty dinner you can look forward to at the weekend can keep your healthy eating on track, while still allowing you to have a treat.
Ready to enjoy something good this weekend? Here are some tips for healthy weekend dinners to make up for staying in.
Create your own fake-out dishes
If your weekend isn’t usually complete without take-out, then get ready to change your weekends for life. You don’t have to order in to enjoy some of your favorite dishes; you can make them yourself. The best fake-out recipes let you recreate some of your top take-out meals, but minus some of the added ingredients your local restaurant may use. You can make your dishes healthier, allowing you to treat yourself while still getting some nutrients in.
Learn to cook one of your restaurant favorites from scratch
Heading to your favorite restaurant can be the perfect way to relax and unwind, but it’s not always easy to do when you’re trying to lose weight. Instead of dreaming about your favorite pasta or Thai dish, why not learn to make it yourself?
Could you make authentic Italian spaghetti for dinner tonight? How about a pad thai dish? Mastering a classic dish gives you something you can look forward to when you know you’ve got a weekend at home. It can also help you perfect a recipe for your next dinner party!
Get excited about a TikTok recipe
TikTok has given us a lot of things, but one of the best has to be the recipes. People use the platform to share their quick, delicious and healthy meal ideas that you can easily make at home. Search for the best TikTok recipes and try them yourself.
Many recipes call for the use of a kitchen gadget to help you out. This gives you the perfect excuse to invest in some must-have tools for your kitchen, making any recipe possible. Who knows, your recipe adventures could inspire you to make your own food-related TikToks!
Staying in doesn’t have to be boring, especially when the food is good. As you become better at home cooking, you’ll realize that there’s more to life than takeout or dining out. Deciding what to eat on the weekend can add a fun element to your healthy eating routine, allowing you to try new things or spend longer in the kitchen than you would during the week. Pushing past the FOMO can help you keep your healthy eating on track, and open up your world to a whole new range of recipe ideas.