Healthy Recipes to Jumpstart Your New Year

Whether you’ve been faithful to your New Year’s Resolutions or not, everyone can agree that eating healthy in the Winter can be tough. It seems crazy but Spring is just around the corner, so don’t get too comfortable in those big sweaters and fleeces. Here are six of my favorite healthy recipes that are both easy to DIY and will help fuel your jumpstart to 2017:

White Chili w/ Ground Turkey

Perfect for cozying up during those cold winter nights, spicier is better for this White Chili. Start by sautéing onion, turkey, and garlic. Then add oregano, chili peppers, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon then sauté again. Next, add chicken broth and two cans of beans before pureeing a third can in a blender. Lastly, add the puree and cheese and mix for about 10 minutes letting the cheese melt. The whole process takes roughly 45 minutes.

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Blueberry Bran Muffins

This delicacy is low-fat, healthy and ready in about 35 minutes. Start by mixing milk and wheat bran and letting it sit for 10 minutes. Then add brown sugar, egg, applesauce, and vanilla. Curate whole-wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and all-purpose flour all together then blend it with the bran. The best method for adding the blueberries is to fold them in. Then, when baking them in a preheated oven, wait until the tops pop up.

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Southwest Chicken

One of my personal favorite healthy recipes, it consists of chicken breast with tomatoes, corn, black bean, and chili peppers, all on top of some rice. It’s low-fat and relatively quick to make. Cook all the ingredients in a large skillet for about a half hour or until the chicken looks good-to-go. Here are some more detailed cooking instructions.

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Winter Fruit Salad w/ Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Another Winter favorite. For the dressing, blend lemon juice, mustard, onion, salt and sugar. While still blending, slowly add oil to thicken the concoction. Then, add poppy seeds and stop blending shortly after. For the salad, get some romaine lettuce, dried cranberries, apple, a pear, some cashews, and shaved swiss cheese. Toss the salad and dressing together and enjoy!

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Cajun Pasta Fresca

Healthy recipes can be enjoyed by spicy pasta fans too! While cooking the pasta of your choice, sauté garlic in oil just for a few moments before adding in chopped tomatoes and a little salt. Once the tomatoes are boiling, gently mush up the ingredients in the pot then add parsley and slightly lower the heat as it sizzles for 5 more minutes. Lastly, just add the pasta, tomato sauce, Cajun seasoning, mozzarella, and parmesan!

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Panzanella Panini

Very easy and quick to make, yet still extremely delicious! Cut one side of a deli roll and add a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Insert a slice of mozzarella cheese, a couple tomato slices, basil leaves, and another slice of cheese, placing them on top of each other within the roll. Then close the sandwich by coating the opening with some olive oil. Lastly, use two preheated skillets or a two-sided grill to press both sides of the sandwich together until the bread is toasted.

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