12 Classic Recipes to Help You Eat Healthier This January
Every January, millions of people around the world resolve to eat healthier. They set lofty goals for themselves, but often fail because they don’t make a solid plan of what they’re going to eat. It’s not enough to write down vague resolutions — set yourself up for success this January by creating healthy meal plans using these tried-and-true recipes.
Don’t be tempted to take shortcuts like weight-loss supplements or energy drinks sold with dubious promises. Eating healthy is easy if you’ve got a stash of great recipes ready to go. We’ve searched the Internet for the most popular healthy recipes, and today we’re bringing you some of our favorites.
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Here are some of the best recipes that will help you eat healthier this January.
1. Vegetable Frittata
In the morning, it’s important to get enough protein to ensure you’ve got energy for the day ahead. If you fill up on sugary, carbohydrate-heavy breakfast foods like boxed cereals or toast with unhealthy spreads, you’ll be hungry well before lunchtime and tempted to reach for unhealthy snacks.
A vegetable frittata is a great choice for breakfast. It’s got plenty of protein from the eggs as well as a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, depending on which veggies you include. This recipe from The Kitchn is a basic formula that includes eggs, vegetables, and chopped greens, which means you can vary each frittata depending on your taste by changing the vegetables in season.
2. Chia Seed Pudding
This green chia seed pudding from popular blog Veggies Save the Day was one of the Internet’s most popular recipes in 2016, and it’s easy to see why.
This uber-healthy recipe is a cross between green juice and chia pudding and can be topped with a variety of other ingredients, including fruit, nuts, and seeds. This recipe contains no sugar and offers a healthy dose of protein and fiber from the chia seeds. The recipe page contains the recipe itself, as well as a video of the creator making it, so you can easily see how it’s done. It’s endlessly customizable and can be made the night before, so you can grab it to eat on the go.
3. Kale Caesar
Kale is a notoriously difficult leaf to work with. If it’s prepared incorrectly, it tastes bitter with a fibrous, chewy bite. Some people massage their kale with oil to start the process of breaking it down before they eat it, but the genius chefs at America’s Test Kitchen realized that all you need to do to break down the bitterness and tough texture is chop it up, then soak it in warm water. Soaking the cut leaves helps to wash away the bitter flavor and leaves it softer and more manageable. Their kale caesar recipe starts with this technique, then incorporates a garlic-heavy dressing that stands up to the intense flavor of the leaves.