7 Tasty Recipes to Get You Excited About Losing Weight in 2017

Is shedding a few pounds on your list of New Year's resolutions this year? If so, you may be dreading the blah, bland, boring food most people associate with successful weight loss. But the truth is that nutritious food can...

Is shedding a few pounds on your list of New Year's resolutions this year? If so, you may be dreading the blah, bland, boring food most people associate with successful weight loss. But the truth is that nutritious food can also be delicious -- if you have the right recipes, that is. Read on for a roundup of seven tasty recipes which are small in calories and large on taste.

1. Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos

Think Mexican food is off the menu when you're trying to lose weight? Think again. This flavor-packed, five-star Food Network Kitchen recipe is proof that eating healthy doesn't have to mean going without all the foods you crave. After braising the meat for hours in the crockpot, you end up with impossibly tender shredded pork -- perfect for topping with all of your favorite garnishes.

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The words "weight loss" and "tacos" don't have to be mutually exclusive.

 

2. Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

This Mediterranean-inspired recipe from Cooking Lightcuts back on the butter but not on the flavor thanks to plenty of fresh lemon, garlic, and ground pepper. Served over plump orzo, this recipe is just over 403 calories.

3. Brussels Sprouts and Pepperoni Pizza

Rather than calling out for greasy, cheese-laden pizza, why not make your own gourmet version at home instead? While Brussels sprouts may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of pizza toppings, you may be in for a revelation when you sample them paired with salty pepperoni, bright lemon zest, and creamy fontina cheese on whole-wheat dough -- a healthy alternative to white.

4. Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Looking for the satisfaction of sinking your teeth into a burger without the red meat? This recipe courtesy of the Mayo Clinic delivers a hearty helping of everything you crave in a burger -- along with plenty of healthy stuff, too, including fiber-rich black beans, red bell pepper, brown rice, and whole-grain bread crumbs.

5. Carrot Cake Pancakes

The rich flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla add up to a homey yet wholesome breakfast guaranteed to get your day off to a solid start. Cakey in texture with just a hint of spice, these vibrantly colored creations will satisfy any sweet tooth, while walnuts add toothsome crunch. Honey butter is the perfect finishing touch.

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Carrot cake + pancakes = delicious.

 

6. BBQ Chicken Salad

This isn't your mother's plain, depressing salad. In fact, it could be described as a "fiesta of flavors" thanks to corn, black beans, diced red onion, and two kinds of cheese. Throw in plenty of fresh romaine lettuce, toss with light ranch dressing and BBQ sauce, and top with tortilla strips and you've got a family-pleasing salad that eats like a meal.

7. Guilt-Free Peach Cobbler

You don't have to say "no" to dessert thanks to this tasty take on cobbler made with low-fat biscuit mix and featuring grilled peach halves. Add a dollop of low-fat whipped topping for next-level decadence.

Diet-friendly food you actually want to eat? With these seven recipes, you can look forward to achieving the near-impossible: a healthy and happy new year. Register with Cilantro today for the first step in bringing these and countless other healthy recipes to life in the year ahead.