Last year, a whopping 45% of Americans promised themselves that they’d be healthier in the new year. That means nearly half of the country said, “alright 2018, I’m going to workout more, eat healthier, and see the results.”
So, how many of those 45% do you think kept their New Year’s resolution long enough to meet their goal? According to the NY Post, most people don’t make it past January 12th. Yep. Pretty bad.
So this year, we’re here to help. Eating healthier doesn’t have to mean tasteless, unsatisfying or expensive. We’ve chosen 5 healthy recipes that are tasty, easy to whip up on a weeknight, and are balanced with all the food groups to keep you feeling full. No excuses this year.
1. Teriyaki Salmon Baked in Foil
We love our omega-3s. Yes, we’re looking at you, salmon! This baked salmon recipe seriously couldn’t be easier and more satisfying. Brush your salmon with olive oil, place it on foil, layer the top with mushrooms, drizzle with your teriyaki sauce, wrap it up, and throw it in the oven. Within 15-20 minutes of baking, your salmon will be done. We recommend this dish with quick-to-cook faro, quinoa, or any other whole grain of your liking.
See the full recipe on Something New for Dinner
2. Turmeric Roasted Chicken with sweet potatoes
Turmeric is the power spice that has proven to pretty much give you superpowers, or close to it. With turmeric, ginger, garlic and lemon, this meal isn’t only resolution-friendly, but its immunity boosting properties will also fight off any ugly winter colds coming your way. Just layer your baking dish with sweet potatoes, shallots, ginger, turmeric and garlic, and place your seasoned chicken on top. Throw in the oven, and an hour later your dinner will be served. Pro tip: for a lower fat & lower cal version, remove the skin from the chicken before cooking.
See the full recipe on Skinny Taste
3. Curried Chickpeas with Quinoa (V)
Chickpeas might just be one of our favorite ingredients. They are incredibly filling and protein-filled, versatile, cheap and easy to prepare. For this curried version, just saute onions and garlic in olive oil, add salt, curry powder and a splash of coconut milk. Then add your cooked chickpeas and cook for about 7 minutes. Finish off with salt as needed, and serve with quinoa and feta. 20 minutes later - voila!
See the full recipe on Naturally Ella
4. Lebanese lentil soup (V)
Nothing compliments the icy cold winter weather better than this soothing, zesty, hearty one-pot soup. It’s lemony, filling, and it will have your house smelling heavenly. In a big pot, just saute onions, carrots and celery with olive oil, and then throw in cumin, garlic and a touch of cinnamon. Add your lentils to toast, and after 1-2 minutes add stock and lemon juice. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, and serve it up!
See the full recipe on The Lemon Bowl
5. Gnocchi with Romesco sauce (V)
Yes, we do have carbs on this list. One of the reasons people fail to keep their New Year’s resolution is because they think they have to deprive themselves of all the good stuff! That’s not true, and this gnocchi is here to prove it. In fact, a new study found that pasta in moderation can actually help you lose weight! For this 15-minute recipe, blend almonds, garlic, roasted red peppers, paprika, red wine vinegar, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, smoked paprika and olive oil. Then cook the gnocchi, throw in some spinach, and top with your sauce. Pro tip: treat yourself. You deserve it!
See the full recipe on A Couple Cooks
What are your favorite resolution-ready meals?
(V) = vegetarian