Every January, 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. But as we get farther away from New Year’s Day, the shine of our goals can dull quickly. Entering the long months of winter, we crave comfort, and often go back to old habits that undercut our good intentions.
This year, the most popular Google search term for New Year’s resolutions was to “get healthy”. Eating healthy food should be at the top of any to-do list, and we’ve gone through our favorite recipes to find these delicious dishes that will keep you interested in eating well, and inspired to keep your wellness goals.
Pasta is a staple, but there are many reasons to avoid it. Whether you want fewer carbs, crave more paleo or gluten-free options, or are looking for tasty ways to up your vegetable intake, substituting veggies for pasta is a great idea. A spiralizer is the perfect tool for transforming vitamin and fiber-rich veggies into spaghetti noodle shapes for vegetti. Here are two delicious starter recipes to whet your appetite:
This new take on a classic has the delightful trio of tomato, basil, and mozzarella, with a veggie noodle that won’t weigh you down. It’s a beautifully simple dish. Onion, garlic, and a touch of olive oil are fragrantly sautéed with fresh cut zucchini noodle. A short simmer with marinara, and finishing touches of mozzarella cheese and fresh basil give the dish a brightness and depth of flavor. This quick, yummy meal has all the cheesy goodness you crave, and at one zucchini per serving, keeps it healthy and fresh.
Who says you won’t crave healthy food? With this sweet and spicy delight, you will. Sweet potato noodles and roasted corn are complimented by chipotle and citrus flavors. This versatile dish calls for a healthy dose of your favorite greens mixed into the delightful sauce. You won’t miss any of the carbs or saturated fats in this satisfying vegan dish, but if necessary, you can top it with a bit of cotija cheese, sour cream, or greek yogurt.
Winter calls for good soup, and plenty of it. Savory broth and rich, blended flavors make eating your veggies a delight. These soups are true kitchen magic, and knowing how chock-full of healthy ingredients they are will have you feeling like a powerful wizard. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of these recipes complement a solid fitness regimen, and will certainly help keep your goals on track.
This is a perfect recipe to help keep you feeling fit and trim. An abundance of leafy winter vegetables make this a winner for eating clean. Cabbage, broccoli, parsley, and kale supply great green nutrients, while green lentils pack in the protein. Ginger, garlic, a touch of cayenne, and apple cider vinegar help rev your metabolism and set off a delicious depth of flavor in this incredible soup. It’s also quite simple to make, and ready in under an hour. As a bonus, here’s the also amazing Mean Green Detox Salad.
It’s hard to feel ambitious about New Year’s resolutions when you’re bogged down with a cold. Luckily, this chicken soup has delightfully healing properties. With plenty of anti-inflammatory turmeric, this savory, golden soup can help heal a cold, and soothe muscle and joint stiffness. It’s also full of delicious veggies, with onions, peas, parsnips, potatoes, and zucchini mingled with cumin and turmeric. Feel free to further enhance the recipe with some ginger and your favorite hot sauce.
It can be hard to stick to a new diet, especially if you’re working to incorporate a lot of new menu options. Fitness experts argue that an occasional cheat day can be a useful tactic in maintaining your overall eating strategy. Here are some healthier versions of some of our favorite foods to cheat with:
Sometimes the only thing that will satisfy your craving is macaroni and cheese. This classic comfort food is one of our weaknesses, and this updated version may help you feel less guilty about indulging. The recipe uses about half the cheese as traditional versions, and the butternut squash adds a bit more nutritional value. Butter, milk, and cheese are all still included, so even though it’s a bit healthier, this recipe is sure to please.
Pizza is a siren song of calories, fat, and carbs. It’s so classic, and so right. While there are many different options for changing up the crust, like using whole-wheat flour or cornmeal, this is definitely one of the most creative. Cauliflower is set to be one of the trendiest vegetables of 2017, and this ingenious use in pizza crust is going to win cauliflower converts. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would surely approve of this delicious pizza.
Don’t forget dessert! Some days, chocolate is an absolute necessity. Instead of lurking in the shadows with this sometimes-guilty pleasure, bring your brownies into the light with this recipe. Applesauce replaces a good deal of the sugar traditionally found in these sweet squares, and whole-wheat flour provides more nutritional value. While these may be a healthier alternative to your regular brownie recipe, with plenty of cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate, your needs will be met.
The path to good health does not have to be paved with suffering. With all these tasty options to inspire, you’ll have a head start on meeting your New Year’s resolutions and maintaining them. We wish you a wonderful New Year, full of flavor and fun in the kitchen.