I love quesadilla and it is perfect for weight loss. It was provided to me to share with you by eye health experts Essilor.co.uk who shared some useful information about eye health.

Sweet potato quesadilla
Sweet potato quesadilla

Nutrients in the quesadillas

Sweet potatoes and spinach are both essential sources of vitamins and minerals that promote eye health. Packed with beta carotene, the body converts beta carotene in sweet potatoes into vitamin A, a nutrient that helps prevent dry eyes and night blindness. Beta carotene and vitamin A also may help reduce the risk eye infections.

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How to make this quesadilla healthier

By using low-calorie cooking spray instead of oil you can save some calories without changing the taste.

Why not also add some salad or steamed broccoli to make this even healthier as well as yummy!

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If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

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Etsy for weight loss

If you are like me and like buying fun new items to motivate your weight loss, then here are my favourites. Etsy is great for kitchen and weight loss goodies. I could spend hours browsing there.

There are so many great food diaries too so you can record your meal plans and track your weight loss to keep a record of the good and bad weeks. Click the photos to have a look for yourself.

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Comfort eating

Instead of eating out making a tasty meal like this could be perfect as you stay on plan whilst also enjoying a good meal. Much healthier than alternatives in most restaurants.

It is easy when you are trying to lose weight to fall into the trap of comfort eating when you are feeling down. You do not need to just snack on fruit and vegetables to be healthy there are so many other alternatives.

If you find that you are regularly feeling down and snacking then maybe you need to address this as possible depression and consider seeing your GP. We all have struggled every now and then so it really isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Another option instead of eating at all could be to find something else to do instead of eating when you are feeling down. Give it some thought and see if you can come up with any strategies to help yourself.

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Low-calorie chocolate bars Mars, Snickers and Twix

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Other recipes you might enjoy

If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes here.

Fancy 4 weeks of healthy lunches already planned out for you? Check this lunch plan out.

If you are looking for more summer recipes then I have a great selection of summer recipes here or for recipes specifically perfect for picnics check out this picnic roundup.

Other easy lunch recipes you might like are spinach and pea frittata, spinach and mushroom frittata, or if you make it the night before to reheat what about mushroom and spinach pasta bake?

If you have sweet potato and spinach in the fridge but don’t fancy these then how about this Sweet potato, spinach and onion fritters recipe?

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Spinach and pea frittata

If you like this you might also like these recipes

If this quesadilla recipe is something you like then here are some other popular recipes I think you might like.

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Moroccan tagine

Cajun chicken

Chicken and lime tacos

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Tex Mex Quinoa

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Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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Sweet potato quesadilla

Sweet potato and spinach quesadilla

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 MInutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Portions
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

This tasty sweet potato and spinach quesadilla can be made healthily. Easy to make and absolutely delicious.


Ingredients

100g sweet potato

2 tortillas

100g spinach

1/2 jalepeno chilli – chopped

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

1 garlic clove – crushed

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Salt and pepper for seasoning


Instructions

Pierce the sweet potatoes and cook in an oven at 200°c for 50 minutes, or until soft

Let the potatoes cool and scoop out the inners

Heat some of the oil in a large frying pan and add the garlic, heat for 1-2 minutes until brown, add the sweet potato flesh, spinach, jalapeno and cumin

Cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally, season accordingly

Spread the filling on one-half of each of the tortillas and fold shut

Brush with oil on each side and cook on a hot griddle pan for 3 minutes or until brown.



Notes

Using low calorie cooking spray helps reduce the calories of this meal.

Keywords: quesadilla, Mexican

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  1. If there’s ever been a time when I’ve prayed my kids wouldn’t like a meal I’d cooked for myself, it was this… ha ha! Too good to share. Loved the flavours in this quesadilla.