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A pretty common scenario is coming home exhausted from a long day at work ready to eat your own arm off and the thought of having to cook dinner now punches you in the face.

If you’re not lucky enough to have someone at home to cook for you and you’re not a fan of pre-packaged meals then keep reading, it’s worth it.

Now you will probably have to put together a last-minute dinner with a quick stop at the supermarket or try to make something work with what’s in the fridge, so with anything worth knowing knowledge is power.

You want to build your dinner around three major food groups: Protein, green veggies, and carbs with protein being the centerpiece of the plate.

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I know we keep banging on about protein but it’s for good reason. Focus on a protein that is lean like Chicken, Turkey, or fish to help fill you up and drive your weight loss.

Protein needs to be the main portion of your meal, it helps you build lean muscle, lose fat and keep you fuller for longer.

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Your mum always told you to eat your greens to grow up big and strong and she was right.

Our best picks are Broccoli or spinach as they have higher fibre content and more nutrient-dense to give you a bigger bang for your buck, plus you can eat as much as you want and I guarantee you will be full.

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Don’t let the internet tell you all carbs are bad, It’s actually super important to have the right about of carbs in your diet.

As long as you have the right amount and type of carbs in your diet you should have no issue but focusing on foods like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, quinoa, and beans. They can provide slow-release energy and keep you fuller for longer and lower calories.

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What did we learn?

In an ideal world, you would have dinner planned ahead and ready to go. When you don’t the big takeaway here is focusing on what is going on your plate.

If you stick to the 3 pillars mentioned previously not only will you eat well but the scales will continue to drop. By combining the 3 for a quick and easy meal go to it’s the best way to fill yourself up and keep you on track.

If you want more dinner ideas you can see our recipes here or check out our pick on the best pre-packaged meals to avoid cooking altogether.