DASH Diet for Health and Weight Loss

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DASH diet abbreviation is “dietary approaches to stop hypertension” which helps to lower the high blood pressure. Dash diet allows the eating of food that have less sodium but all other essential nutrients which helps to lower the blood pressure as well as weight loss. Dash diet allows the fruits and vegetables that helps to boost metabolism. Most people are suffering from hypertension, high cholesterol and heart diseases also eat dash diet. 

Dash diet mostly include plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grain, protein, fish and nuts. Dash diet also allows you to eat a small number of sugary beverages, sweets and red meat. 

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Let’s discuss more dash diet how it helps you in health and weight loss. 

Here we will discuss the primary benefits of the dash diet and how it helps you in weight loss. Sometimes you may eat fewer calories but its completely fine. Try to stay in limits while using salt because nutritional values may vary from specific brands of ingredients you use or change while preparing a meal. 


DASH Diet Meal Plan


BreakfastLunchSnacksDinner
Day 1Whole wheat bagel, 2tbs peanut butter, one orange, one fat-free milk, decaffeinated coffee.  A bowl of salad (Spanish, almonds, sliced orange, slice pear), one cup of reduced wheat crackers, a cup of fat-free milk. A cup of fat-free yogurt, vanilla wafers (any brand)3oz Herb crushed or cooked, half cup of brown rice with vegetables, half a cup fresh green beans, a small sourdough roll, 2tbs olive oil, a fresh cup berries, herbal ice tea.  
Day 2A cup of fresh mixed fruits (banana, apple, melon, berries, walnut, with fat-free yogurt), 1tbs trans-free margarine, a cup of fat-free milk, herbal tea.Chicken curry, half cup of baby carrots, a cup of fat free milk.Make a trail ( raisins, unsalted mini twist pretzels and 2tbs sunflower) A cup of whole wheat spaghetti with one cup marinara sauce (not added salt), two cups of green salad.
Day 3A cup cooked oatmeal, one slice of wheat toast, one banana and fat-free milk. Note: do not add salt while cooking oatmeal.Tuna salad ( unsalted water packed tuna, 2tbs light mayonnaise, grapes, celery and topped with romaine lettuce), toast crackers a cup of fat-free milk.A cup of fat free yogurt, one peach fruit,Beef and vegetable kababs (add pepper onion mushrooms, cherry tomatoes), one cup cooked rice, 1/3 cup pecans, 1 cup pineapple chunks, 4onz raspberry juice. 

The diet has been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Some studies demonstrate that it can improve insulin resistance as well


Benefits of the Dash Diet

Dash diet not only for hypertension person, but it also prevents you from weight gain and risk of cancer. Dash diet is designed to lower the blood pressure and let us discuss its more health benefits:

Weight loss

Dash diet helps to burn out calories more than they eat. Reduced the calories intake and fat-free food will help in weight reduction. Some people also feel happy because of reduced salt, which reduced hypertension. 

The more you weigh, the more blood pressure increases so to add the dash diet, and you will feel active and healthy. If a person is already suffering from a high blood pressure problem, they must take a dash diet which will helpful for weight loss and to lower blood pressure.

Heart diseases

Dash diet helps to reduce the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure. Sometimes a high blood pressure or high cholesterol level leads to a heart attack. Dash diet will prevent you from chronic diseases. Dash diet will help 30% to reduce the risk of stroke or any other heart disease. 

Cancer disease

Recent research has concluded that the dash diet will help to reduce the risk of cancer like breast cancer and colorectal. Dash diet includes healthy foods which also helps to boost metabolism. 


Who Can Follow the Dash Diet?

Dash diet is mainly for those who are having high blood pressure and cholesterol problem. If you have a genetic family history of high blood pressure, heart disease or high cholesterol problem, then you can follow the dash diet for preventing significant loss of your health. For ordinary people, it is essential to take less amount of salt in food so they can live longer. 

Some people are salt sensitive, so the salt has a significant influence on their blood pressure; they are suggested to follow the dash diet. 


Dash Diet Recipes for Weight Loss

1. Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, black beans, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and red bell pepper.
  2. Add lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.
  3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

2. Baked Salmon with Steamed Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Place salmon on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Top with lemon slices.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.
  4. Steam broccoli until tender.
  5. Serve salmon with steamed broccoli on the side.

3. Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a pan, sauté spinach and garlic in olive oil until spinach wilts.
  3. Cut a pocket into each chicken breast and stuff with spinach and feta.
  4. Place on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and bake for 25-30 minutes.

4. Greek Yogurt with Fresh Berries and Nuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, low-fat
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • A handful of walnuts or almonds, chopped
  • A drizzle of honey (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add Greek yogurt.
  2. Top with mixed berries and nuts.
  3. Drizzle a small amount of honey if desired.

These recipes are not only in line with the DASH diet’s guidelines but are also designed to support weight loss by being nutrient-rich, low in unhealthy fats and sugars, and portion-controlled.


Dash Diet Desserts

Desserts on the DASH diet can be both delicious and heart-healthy, focusing on fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Here are a few DASH-friendly dessert recipes that are perfect for those looking to enjoy sweets without straying from their weight loss goals:

1. Baked Apples with Cinnamon and Raisins

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples, cored
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place the apples in a baking dish. Mix raisins and cinnamon together and stuff into the apples.
  3. Pour apple juice around the apples in the dish.
  4. Drizzle honey over the apples.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until apples are tender.

2. Berry and Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 2 tbsp granola
  • A drizzle of honey (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a glass or bowl, layer half the yogurt, followed by half the berries, and then half the granola.
  2. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Drizzle with a little honey for added sweetness, if desired.

3. Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, combine bananas, honey, applesauce, and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until just mixed.
  5. Fill muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes.

4. Fruit Salad with Citrus Honey Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mixed fresh fruit (melon, grapes, kiwi, pineapple)
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the mixed fruit.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, lemon juice, and honey.
  3. Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss gently to coat.

Conclusion

Dash diet is useful to lower the blood pressure. Understand the essential human health by reducing the salt intake a person can save himself from many diseases and live a healthy life. Some people who are salt sensitive or a high blood pressure patient will follow the dash diet to improve their health. A healthy life is the best life to live.

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