8 Simple Recipes for a Healthier New Year


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This salsa will leave you s-peach-less.

With every New Year comes New Year’s resolutions. As we kick off 2019, many people are resolving to eat healthier. Below is a list of healthy eating options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and dessert, along with recipes on how to make them. With these delicious options available, you can keep your mind and body healthy in a sustainable way.  

Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is simple to make, and it only takes five minutes. Avocado is high in fiber and considered a healthy fat.

  1. Toast a slice of bread
  2. Mash one avocado in a bowl
  3. Add salt, pepper, cilantro, lemon, or lime to the avocado mixture
  4. Spread onto your toast
  5. Optional: add a sunny side up egg on top of your avocado toast or cottage cheese

Açaí Bowl

Açaí bowls are not only colorful and Instagram-worthy but also incredibly healthy. They are high in fiber and antioxidants and are delicious as breakfast or a snack.

  1. Blend frozen açaí berry puree (available at most grocery stores), a frozen banana, frozen berries, and either vanilla yogurt or milk in a blender
  2. Pour the mixture into a bowl, and top with coconut shavings, granola, and your favorite fruits

Chicken and Beet Hummus Wrap

This delicious wrap will change your idea of a lunch salad in the best way possible. Packed with protein, this dish will leave you feeling satisfied.

  1. Spread hummus onto a whole wheat wrap
  2. Chop a piece of grilled chicken into small pieces
  3. Add chicken, mixed greens, and beets to your wrap
  4. Add a drizzle of dressing, and you’re ready to go

Green Power Salad

This tasty salad is filled with vegetables and nutrients. Enjoy it for either lunch or dinner.

  1. Combine spinach, chopped broccoli florets, cooked edamame, and thinly sliced cucumber in a bowl
  2. Top with sliced avocado and salted cashew halves
  3. Add a dressing of your choice and enjoy

Peach Salsa

Amaze your friends and family with this simple, fruity side. Even more amazing, peaches contain vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and are low in carbohydrates.

  1. Chop up ripe peaches
  2. Add red onion, jalapeño, lime juice, and cilantro
  3. Serve with either chips, chicken, fish, or salad

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken

Swap regular pasta for zucchini noodles to make a delicious dinner that is low in calories and in carbohydrates.

  1. Use a spiralizer to slice zucchini and set aside
  2. Add chicken to a skillet on high heat, and sauté until the chicken is golden brown
  3. Add seasoning and spices of your choice to the chicken for extra flavor
  4. Place cooked chicken in a bowl and set aside
  5. Clean and empty the skillet, and saute the zucchini noodles on high heat
  6. Combine the cooked zucchini noodles, red sauce, and chicken in a bowl and serve hot

Walnut Rosemary-Crusted Salmon

This recipe transforms a basic salmon dinner into a fresh, flavorful meal, and only takes about 20 minutes to cook and prepare.

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  2. Mix 2 teaspoons of mustard, 1 clove of minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon lemon zest, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary, ½ teaspoon fresh honey, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon of crushed red pepper in a bowl
  3. Mix 3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs, 3 tablespoons of chopped walnuts, and 1 teaspoon of virgin olive oil in a separate bowl
  4. Place salmon on a baking sheet
  5. Spread the first mixture on the salmon, and then sprinkle the bread and nut mixture on top
  6. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes and enjoy

Dark Chocolate Energy Bites

Looking for something sweet at the end of the day? For a healthy dessert, try making these dark chocolate energy bites.

  1. Melt coconut oil in a large bowl
  2. Add and combine rolled oats, honey, nut butter, chia seeds, flax, and dark chocolate chips into the bowl
  3. Roll the mixture into bite-size balls and enjoy

Sources: HealthlineEating Well, Spoon University, iFoodReal, Inspiralized, Sweet Peas and Saffron, Dinner at the Zoo, Pumpkin ‘n Spice, Drool-Worthy, Virginia Spine Institute

Photo Source: Lynn Gardner via Flickr