6 Flavorful Recipes for a Healthier New Year
Eat more... healthy fats
Don’t let the word fat fool you. Unsaturated fats (like those found in olive oil, salmon, nuts, and avocados) can actually help you maintain a healthy weight, not to mention support nutrient absorption and lower the risk of heart disease. Think of these crunchy, golden avocado wedges as healthier fries; dunked in the lightly spiced, herby dip, they’re a perfect game-day snack or crispy appetizer.
Eat more... seafood
There are as many types of seafood as there are, well, fish in the sea, and you’ll get health benefits from almost all of them. White fish like cod, pollack, and halibut are rich in protein and minerals. Plus, mild-flavored white varieties are a great gateway fish for seafood skeptics. Paired with fiber-rich brown rice and appealingly charred Broccolini, this cod is the centerpiece of a satisfying supper you’ll want on repeat.
Eat more... probiotics
When it comes to these live microorganisms, believe the hype! Having a healthy balance of good gut bacteria helps support a strong immune system, aids digestion, and may even promote stable moods and a better memory. Add more to your diet by digging into fermented foods like yogurt with live and active cultures, kefir, miso, and kimchi—the funky fermented cabbage that gives these savory-sweet soba bowls their mouthwatering kick.
Eat more... beans and lentils
Also known as pulses, beans and lentils are small but mighty. One of the best plant-based sources of protein, they are also full of fiber and crucial minerals like folate, zinc, and iron. Plus, they’re sustainable to produce, inexpensive, and endlessly versatile...think hummus, lentil soup, and Latin-inspired meals like this 30-minute, one-pan dinner. Swap in pinto beans for the black, if you prefer, and don’t forget to garnish. The cilantro, radishes, and Cotija cheese bring flavor and color to the party.
Eat more... vegetables
Enjoying more veggies is probably the No. 1 thing you can do to boost your overall health. While these nutritional superstars can help fend off cancer and other chronic diseases, they can also minimize the effects of aging and contribute to shiny hair and glowing skin. See? Veggies are a win-win! They’re also irresistibly delicious, especially when served like “pasta” topped with a hazelnut gremolata for depth of flavor and Parmesan cheese for a hit of umami.
Eat more... dark chocolate
This recommendation may seem too good to be true, but don’t worry, dark chocolate is the real deal. Rich in antioxidants, it can also help improve cholesterol levels and may improve blood flow to the brain. Here comes the caveat (sorry): Since it’s paired with sugar, dark chocolate should be enjoyed in moderation—about an ounce or two a day—just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. This crunchy bark will do the trick. A tiny bit of espresso powder and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt bring out the chocolate’s depth of flavor and fruitiness.
Baked Avocado 'Fries' With Chipotle Ranch
Try this recipe: Baked Avocado 'Fries' With Chipotle Ranch
What better way to start the new year off healthier than a delicious swap for fries and ranch? These crunchy avocado strips offer healthy fats on top of a crisp crunch.
Ingredients: whole-wheat flour, eggs, panko, avocado, olive oil, kosher salt, Greek yogurt, fresh chives, fresh dill, adobo sauce, garlic powder
Miso-Honey Cod With Broccolini
Try this recipe: Miso-Honey Cod With Broccolini
White fish are rich in protein and high in minerals. Brown rice and charred Broccolini are packed with fiber. What's that add up to? A satisfying dish that will be a staple of your healthier menu in the new year.
Ingredients: brown rice, fresh broccolini, shallots, sesame oil, kosher salt, white miso, honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, Sriracha, cod fillets, sesame seeds
Kimchi Soba Bowls
Try this recipe: Kimchi Soba Bowls
Fermented foods, like kefir and kimchi, are famously great sources of gut-healthy probiotics. This mouth-watering dish will help you build better digestion and even a stronger immune system for the new year.
Ingredients: soba noodles, tempeh, soy sauce, lime juice, gochujang, light brown sugar, sesame oil, baby bok choy, kimchi, eggs
Black Bean–Quinoa Skillet Casserole
Try this recipe: Black Bean–Quinoa Skillet Casserole
Beans are more than just a great source of fiber and protein, they also offer up important minerals like iron, zinc, and folate. And this Latin-inspired dish is an easy one-pan dinner that will only take about 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights.
Ingredients: olive oil, poblano chiles, yellow onion, black beans, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, quinoa, kosher salt, cumin, lime juice, Cotija cheese, radishes, fresh cilantro, hot sauce
Chard and Mushroom Butternut Noodles
Try this recipe: Chard and Mushroom Butternut Noodles
If you thought veggie noodles were dull, think again. This scrumptious dish tops them with a hazelnut gremolata and Parmesan cheese for a hit of umami.
Ingredients: unsalted butter, kosher salt, butternut squash, olive oil, hazelnuts, lemon, Parmesan cheese, thyme, cremini mushrooms, Swiss chard, garlic
Dark Chocolate–Almond Bark
Try this recipe: Dark Chocolate–Almond Bark
Dark chocolate definitely has its benefits, but should nevertheless be enjoyed in moderation. Using espresso powder and a sprinkle of sea salt will bring out the chocolate’s depth of flavor.
Ingredients: 70% bittersweet chocolate, instant espresso powder, almonds, flaked coconut, sea salt