I find new years resolutions kind of stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about setting goals and intentions, looking at the things you like about your life and considering small changes that might make you happier and healthier. But I feel a lot of pressure around this time of year to FIX ALL THE THINGS – eat perfectly, stop drinking, develop a perfect minimalist wardrobe, kon-mari my entire apartment…you get the idea. So this year I’m focusing instead on ways I can take care of myself, without the pressure to ‘do’ self-care ‘perfectly’.
That being said, after a few weeks of family parties and nursing stations packed with potluck goodies and treats from our patients and their families, I’m always ready to eat a bit healthier in January. So here are a few of my favourite healthy recipes – they’re great to try out if you’re in a cooking rut, or looking for fresh, healthy recipes to try out.
Smoothies are a great way to start your day off with a good serving of fruits and veggies. I love this detox smoothie – the colour and flavour are so awesome, and it’s packed with tons of nutrients. And my ginger green smoothie is on constant repeat for my weekday mornings – it’s quick to make, and tastes super
I love a good winter salad, and nothing makes me feel lean and green like eating a solid salad for lunch. Start with this big fat kale salad, or this big detox salad – both packed with nutrients, flavour, and texture, no one can accuse these of being boring salads! This roasted rapini salad is perfect for winter, with pomegranate seeds and crunchy roasted chickpeas for texture. And if you’re looking for something a little heartier, I love this squash and wheatberry salad is filling and healthy, perfect for work lunch!
Some of you might be thinking of cutting down on your meat consumption, or even trying out vegetarian or vegan January (go you!!). You’ll definitely need a solid roasted chickpea recipe – here’s the one I use all the time, and the flavour options are endless! They’re great for throwing onto salads, or just eating as a snack.
My favourite tofu is peanut tofu – serve with sauteed veggies and cauliflower rice, it’s such a satisfying and filling lunch. Plus the peanut sauce is so good I’ve been known to eat it with a spoon! (All about balance over here!)
And finally, I’m all about balance, so how could I not include a healthy (or at least, healthier) dessert? These 100 calorie cupcakes are super tasty, but not so bad for you. A perfect indulgence that will keep you on track.
Hope you enjoy some of these fresh, healthy recipes, but also leave room for treats this January. It’s all about balance!