Thursday, January 3, 2013

20 Healthy Recipes to Jumpstart Your New Year

Happy new year! Is eating healthier or giving a more plant-based diet a try on your to-do list for the new year? Check out these delicious ways to jumpstart your healthy eating!

I am all about building habits, and when it comes to healthy eating, a good batch of recipes are some of the key building blocks to a habit. If you just decide to eat more healthy food but don’t have recipes to get you going, where do you start, right? You need a meal plan or at least recipes for each meal to get you going, right?

Related Reading: 6 Superfoods to Boost Your Health

To help you get started, we’ve compiled some healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas to empower you to eat healthier in the new year!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

1. Loaded Blueberry Muffins – These gluten free muffins have some hidden veggies tucked away for a nutrient boost!
2. Green Smoothies – Check out our beginner guide to green smoothies to get started!
3. Overnight Oats – Steel cut oats are super healthy but time-consuming to make. This overnight method makes them easy peasy!
4. Pumpkin Oatmeal – If rolled oats are more your speed, dress them up with a little pumpkin power for extra vitamins and deliciousness.
5. Homemade Granola Bars – Granola bars make a great grab-and-go breakfast, and this homemade granola bar recipe skips all of the gross mystery ingredients in many store-bought varieties.

Healthy Lunch Ideas

6. Magical Tofu Pita Pockets – Sandwiches are my favorite quickie lunch, and a stuffed whole grain pita is simple, healthy, and delicious!
7. Taco Salad – A hearty taco salad packed with veggies and beany protein is filling and tasty.
8. Bowl of Stuff – Natalie at Bake and Destroy suggests this as a supper, but I love whipping this up for lunch, too! You can use any grain (or mashed potatoes!) as your base, then pile on a protein (beans, tofu, etc), and plenty of veggies. Check out Natalie’s basic recipe to get you started.
9. Hummus and Veggie Wraps – You can also use different dips and spreads in place of hummus to mix things up!
10. Cous Cous with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Capers – You can serve up cous cous hot or cold and mix up your add-ins however you please!

Healthy Dinner Ideas

11. Chickpea Flour Pancakes – This Indian staple is deeply seasoned, delicious, and versatile. Check out Kittee’s recipe to get the basics!
12. Shepherd’s Pie – You probably think of shepherd’s pie as a dish loaded with meat and cheese, but this potato-based dish can be a veggie explosion, too!
13. Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Chick Peas and Baked Tofu – A big bowl of healthy YUM! By massaging the kale instead of cooking it, you preserve even more of the nutrients in this superfood.
14. Gobi Aloo Pizza – Richa comes up with fantastical veggie-packed pizza ideas, and this Indian pizza is just spectacular!
15. Kid-Friendly Pasta – This crowd-pleasing pasta recipe is full of vegetables and simple to whip up.

Healthy Snack Ideas

16. Curried Lentil Hummus – A yummy spin on the usually chickpea-based dip. Use this for dipping veggies, chips, or pita bread or as a sandwich stuffer.
17. Garlic Red Pepper Chia Crackers – You can use your food dehydrator or your oven to make these delicious crackers!
18. Cheezy Kale Chips – Cashew-based “cheese” takes kale chips to the next level.
19. Chickpea Nuggets – You could technically serve this as part of a meal, but this “chicken” nugget recipe from Vibrant Wellness Journal makes a great, protein-packed snack, too!
20. Sweet Potato Oven Fries – Full of nutrients and oh-so-decadent! You can serve these as a side along with a veggie burger, too!

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