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New Year, New Nutrition

Dani Jette

At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s that time of year again…Happy New Year! For most of us, this means celebrating new beginnings as we create lists, goals, and resolutions to make this New Year the best one yet. In light of making improvements to our lives, let’s try something a little bit different this year.

Whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, sleep better, be more active, or anything that might lead you to a healthier you, it’s important to focus on the steps you’ll take to get there. Instead of setting yourself up with one drastic, life-changing goal, figure out smaller milestones that will help you stay consistent throughout the year.

A healthier diet plays a crucial role in feeling better and looking better! Contrary to popular belief, having a healthier diet does not mean eating only tasteless vegetables in the smallest of portions, nor does it require you to slave away for hours in the kitchen. Having a healthier diet can be simple, quick, and delicious! Our pro tip: start by replacing one of your daily meals with one healthier recipe. Need ideas? Check out this list of our dietitian-recommended recipes for 2019!

For breakfast:

Soy Berry Smoothie: This smoothie is great for any diet. It’s creamy, light, and loaded with 14 grams of plant-based protein…but all you’ll taste is sweet fruit!

Refrigerator Oatmeal: This is a high-fiber breakfast that’s great when you’re on the go. The best part is…no cooking required! It’s the ultimate lazy breakfast.

Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Hash : This recipe is full of rich, hearty flavors—perfect to start or end a cold, winter day.

For lunch:

Chicken Lettuce Wraps: This recipe extends the filling with bright, colorful vegetables that add bulk, beauty, and nutrition, without adding many calories.

Baked Sweet Potato Recipe: Power Bowl: This vegan dish has a good amount of protein and fiber that’ll keep you satisfied, so try a meatless night and give this dish a try!

Classic Chicken Balsamic Salad: This chicken dish is an amazing, savory classic! Our creamy balsamic dressing brings it all together, and you don’t have to worry—our dressing is lower in calories and fat than traditional dressings.

For dinner:

Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles: Traditionally, shrimp scampi has a rich, buttery sauce that’s served over noodles. It’s a delicious dish, but loaded with calories, so we decided to make a lower-calorie dish.

Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken: This Honey Mustard Chicken is a delicious, versatile recipe for the instant pot. In just 15 minutes, you can have shreddable chicken that’s perfect for a salad, rice, sandwich, or anything you might think of.

Vegan Chipotle Chili: This spicy chili has just the right amount of heat, but don’t skip the avocado to help balance out the spice with cool creaminess.

These delicious recipes are just a few to get you started. Looking for more? Choose from hundreds of delectable ideas on our blog! For other New Year’s tips, be sure to check out our compatible articles: “New Year, New Sleep,” “New Year, New Activity,” and “New Year, New Exercise.”

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