10 Healthy Recipes for the New Year
After a busy holiday season filled with indulgent desserts, sparkling cocktails and your favorite, comfort foods, the new year presents a perfect time for making your health a priority. Even if you don't do new year's resolutions or make dramatic changes to your diet, you'll set yourself up for a healthy and happy winter when you eat foods that fuel you up without weighing you down.
Start the new year with a committment to eating well, and choose healthy recipes for dinner, breakfast and lunch. Eating nutritious food doesn't require hard work or training. If you start with clean recipes that pack in nutrition you need and flavors you love, you'll be well on your way!
We've searched the internet for our favorite, healthy recipes to help you kick off the new year in your best health and shape ever. Commit to spending more time in your gourmet kitchen this season, with these recipes we love...
- Garlic Ginger Chicken Thighs. The secret to this healthy recipe is in the juicy, sweet and savory marinade. When you need a hearty meal, but you don't want the calories, choose these chicken thighs to fill you up, and make a side of baked sweet potato and a green salad to finish it off.
- Chili Rubbed Steak Tacos. Don't give up taco tuesday just because you've decided to eat for your health! These zesty steak tacos are packed with protein and texture, and won't ruin your healthy diet. The lime-avocado salsa will help to beat back the heat in the spice rub, and the steak will have you feeling indulgent!
- Bobby's Stuffed Red Peppers. Stuffed with lean protein (lean ground beef), fiber rich brown rice and low fat monterey jack cheese, this recipe puts a healthy spin on an old favorite.
- Greek Salad Pita Pocket. In winter, salads don't always satisfy your lunch cravings, even when you know that they pack fiber, vitamins and your favorite veggies without a ton of calories. This delicious greek salad pita pocket recipe will help you to get the nutrition you need in sandwich form, so you can feel satisfied all day long.
- Grilled Chicken Pesto Wraps. It doesn't get easier than these delicious and satisfying chicken wraps. Keep whole wheat tortillas on hand, and make sure to bake a few chicken breasts to start your week. Pack the chicken into a tortilla with pesto spread, sundried tomatoes and cheese, and you'll be ready to take on the day!
- Banana & Almond Butter Toast. On those days when you're craving something sweet, curb your craving and satisfy your hunger with nutritious bananas, healthy almond butter and your favorite, whole grain toast. You'll be packing in healthy fats, protein and fiber, and all with a sweet finish. Win-win!
- Avocado Toast with Egg. This is hands down one of our favorite breakfast meals, and for good reason. Rich in omega 3 fats, hearty protein and healthy fiber, you'll be feeling satisfied for hours after you sit down to this meal. Perfect after a workout, or to start a long, busy workday, you'll turn to this meal more than once a week.
- Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie. Peanut butter and banana come together in this rich, creamy and healthy smoothie recipe that will fill you up after a long run or before a big day, without weighing you down or sending you crashing. Perfect for those who prefer to drink their first meal of the day, you can enjoy this smoothie any morning of the week!
- Overnight Oats. Busy workdays make it hard to fit in a healthy meal to start the day, especially when traveling for business or cramming in early morning workouts. Overnight oats are prepped the night before, and merely require you to grab and go! Meanwhile, they pack protein, fiber and iron, and will give you the perfect start to your busy day.
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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA.
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