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Recipes for Success: 5 Meals to Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

Achieving your goals -- to slim down, stress less, have more energy -- is as easy as eating dinner. Our healthy, delicious meals are packed with the key ingredients to help you get to your goal.

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Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
Orange-Dijon Salmon With Almond-and-Herb Couscous
Peter Ardito
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Sweet Potato and Pork Chili

Goal: I want to lose weight.

Why This Recipe Works

  • A diet that includes plenty of lean protein has been linked in studies to successful long-term weight loss.
  • Foods high in water volume, such as chili and soup, have fewer calories but still satisfy and fill you up.
  • Beans are loaded with fiber, which helps to keep you feeling full longer.

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Grilled Sirloin with Artichoke Pesto and Farro Salad

Goal: I want more energy.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Red meat contains alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant that helps convert sugar into energy that fuels your muscles.
  • Farro is packed with protein, which helps rev you up.
  • Iron-rich foods like kale and beef give you a power boost.

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Quinoa Salad with Chicken

Goal: I want to get the most out of my workout.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Flavonoids and other compounds in cherries can reduce inflammation and soothe aching muscles post-exercise.
  • Vinegar may help stabilize your blood sugar, contributing to a steady source of energy.
  • Apples contain catechins, antioxidants that help improve lung function, giving you more stamina for your cardio routine.

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Veggie Pizza with Arugula Pesto

Goal: I want to live longer.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, which can lower your risk for breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • Research suggests that the potassium, calcium, and fiber in arugula and chard help prevent high blood pressure.
  • Eating at least one serving of whole grains a day can reduce your mortality risk by 8 percent, studies found.

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Orange-Dijon Salmon with Almond-and-Herb Couscous

Goal: I want to be less stressed.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Vitamin C, which is in lemons and oranges, may improve mood and reduce stress.
  • Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to ease anxiety and depression.
  • The vitamin E in almonds can help lower blood pressure.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2012.

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