15 Delicious Healthy Recipes to Help You Ease into a Clean New Year

New Year’s Resolutions can be tough, what with the dessert leftovers, tempting cocktails, and heavy cold weather food. However, with a bit of willpower and some time in the kitchen, your standard go-to recipes can get a healthy makeover so you don’t have to sacrifice anything you love.

We’re here to make those resolutions easier with some of our own delicious and healthy recipes that won’t make it feel like you’re giving something up.

1. Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

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Reading about the benefits of bananas, it’s a wonder we don’t all have super powers. Thanks to being fiber dense and filling, they’re weight loss friendly as well as full of potassium, vitamin B6, among other healthy nutrients.

Mash them into these easy to whip up whole wheat bananas and you’ll have a breakfast that will fuel you through the new year. Find the recipe here.

2. Lemon Roasted Rosemary Chicken

Herbs are one of the greatest secrets of weight loss. They add a big punch of flavor without increasing the fat. This savory lemon rosemary roasted chicken works well as a lean protein supplement to vegetable or grain heavy dishes.

Find the recipe here.

3. Tangy Pomegranate Feta Salad

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Well balanced salads are among the best ways to fit a variety of nutrients in a single meal, and they’re perfect for lunch since they’re light enough to skip the food coma.

Eat this tangy pomegranate feta salad on its own, or add some protein like pecans, quinoa, or lean meat and you’re good to go. Find the recipe here.

4. Ham and Bean Soup

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Soups are also tops for packing a lot of ingredients into a single dish. This ham and bean soup is full of vegetables and is hearty enough to get you through those cold winter nights. It’s also a great thing to make with leftovers!

Find the recipe here.

5. Lemon Tea

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It’s surprising how many calories sneak into the drinks we sip throughout the day. But it’s also surprisingly hard to quit thinks like soda cold turkey. Water’s just kind of boring. Make up for it with flavor. Cut some of the sugar from this lemon tea recipe and you’ve got a flavorful and refreshing soda alternative.

Find the recipe here.

6. Hidden Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

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Salads and roasted vegetables are nice, but sometimes you want to eat healthy without feeling like you’re eating healthy. This creamy, cheddar mac-n-cheese cuts the calories by using the creaminess of cauliflower to cut down on the actual cream in the dish.

Find the recipe here.

7. Carrot, Radish, and Cucumber Salad

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The shape of this crunchy and refreshing salad alone is enough to make it interesting to eat, no matter how many veggies you’ve had recently.

Find the recipe here.

8. Pot Roast

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People don’t often think pot roast when they think about health foods. But paired with smart carbs and a heaping side of tasty vegetables, this lean meat makes an amazingly healthy dish.

Find the recipe here.

9. Homemade Granola

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Figuring out homemade granola is like leveling up in the kitchen. It’s much more cost effective than store bought, and you can customize the flavors. That makes it perfect as a healthy snack or breakfast since you can make it as protein dense and nutrient rich as you’d like.

Find the recipe here.

10. Succotash with Bacon and Tomatoes

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Thanks to the “three sisters” (corn, beans, and squash), this dish has a complete protein even without the bacon. Succotash is a hearty, savory sautéed dish that practically makes you forget it’s basically a salad.

Find the recipe here.

11. Slow Cooker Charro Beans

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Our slow cooker charro beans, like soups and salads, pack a punch when it comes to nutritional variety and flavor. These hearty beans are filling and make for a great dish on their own, or a wonderful side.

Find the recipe here.

12. Chickpea and Kale Salad

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Sautéed salads feel so much more substantial than fresh greens do, and this chickpea and kale salad is no exception. Kale’s already got a great reputation, but chickpeas are the secret star here. Often considered by nutritionists as both a protein and a vegetable, they’re packed with protein, fiber, dietary iron, and an abundance of other nutrients.

Find the recipe here.

13. Spaghetti Squash Sloppy Joe

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Spaghetti squash is a high powered weapon in the anti-carb arsenal. Pair this spaghetti squash sloppy joe with a light salad and fill up on veggies and sweet and savory flavors.

Find the recipe here.

14. Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprouts

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Sweet potatoes are amazing even without brown sugar and butter. Paired with the cabbage-y flavor of Brussels sprouts, the nuttiness of pecans, and the tanginess of feta, this balanced roast vegetable dish is the stuff of dreams.

Find the recipe here.

15. Farro Salad with Beets

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Beets have some of the highest concentrations of vitamins and minerals of any vegetable, and thanks to their sweet taste, they’re also known as “nature’s candy.” Combined with the ancient grain farro, you get a sweet-savory, tart, and nutrient packed sautéed dish that works excellently as a side or even an entrée.

Find the recipe here.

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