Welcome to 2017! Each new year is a chance to reenergize, replenish, and redesign our lives to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. One of the easiest ways to do this is to improve your diet! Getting fit isn’t just about shedding those pesky pounds, it’s about filling your body with the right nutrients.

avocado-1844894_960_720That’s why we’re going to give you three amazing  quick, easy, and healthy recipes to start the new year off right! These are a great carb substitute for those days when a whole loaf of bakery bread seems like a good idea. Plus, all of these recipes give you the choice to include what you love and leave out what you don’t to make healthy eating even more enjoyable!

pagebreak-leaf: healthy, quick and easy recipes!First up, we’re serving breakfast the right way with a fan0favorite– Avocado Toast. This is one of favorite ways to get healthy fats into our diet with a filling start to your day.

Avocado toast is a quick and easy healthy recipe to kick start your new year with a new diet that's packed with nutrients and good fats! (Avocado Toast with egg and orange juice shown.)
Avocado toast is a quick and easy healthy recipe to kick start your new year with a new diet that’s packed with nutrients and good fats!

Time: 20 minutes

Basic Ingredients: Bread, 1 egg, 1 avocado, salt and pepper to taste, etc.

The first step it to make some toast, easy-peasy. Avocado and egg go together really well, so most of the time you’ll see avocado toast done with a runny egg. Either poach it, fry it until it is still a little runny, or soft boil your egg. Then, grab a ripe avocado, cut it in half, and remove the pit. (The best way to do this is to hit the pit with a knife to lodge it in the pit. Then, twist the knife to the side and the pit should pop right off!) Spread some ricotta on the toast. Next, mash the avocado to a chunky or smooth consistency, depending on your personal preference, and put it on the toast. Top it off with your egg and add any seasonings you’d like (salt, pepper, chili pepper flakes, etc.) That’s it! It’s super delicious and a great choice to keep you full and focused until lunch!

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Light lunch, anyone? We’ll have the tostadas, please.

Tostadas are a great way to put all of your favorite veggies together in one meal! This one includes meat, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumbers, and cheese on a corn tortilla.
Tostadas are a great way to put all of your favorite veggies together in one meal!

Time: 1.5 hours

Basic Ingredients: corn tortillas, tomatos, lettuce, onions, olives, refried beans, carrots, cucumbers, Mexican crema, meat, fish, vegan protein, beans, cheese, salsa, etc.

This recipe will only take around an hour and a half. You can use any meat, fish, or other protein that you’d like but we’re going to show you how to make them with chicken– a classic choice.

Generally tostadas are fried to get that perfect crispy texture, but we’re doing things the healthy way so we’re going to bake them! Lightly oil the corn tortillas and salt them. Put them in the oven for approximately 4 minutes on each side (or until they’re golden brown on the edges and they’re clearly crispy). This is a great recipe for a convection oven because you’ll get fast and even results. Now prepare your chicken in your favorite way and pull it apart or cut it (depending on the type of meat you used) and place that as the base layer of your toastada. Add your favorite toppings: beans, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, Mexican crema, olives, salsa, etc. This is a totally personalized dish that will fill you up and you can top with all of your healthy favorite foods.

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Everyone loves pasta, right? Wait until you try the pasta that your body needs– Zucchini Pasta.

Zoodles! They're fun to say and great to eat-- they're one of the best ways to sneak in an extra veggie into your day and they're a perfect pasta substitute! This Zucchini pasta recipe has tofu, tomatoes, and peppers in it.
Zoodles! They’re fun to say and great to eat– they’re one of the best ways to sneak in an extra veggie into your day and they’re a perfect pasta substitute!

Time: 1 hour

*We’ve pictured an even simpler recipe with tofu (or any ground protein you’d like), tomatoes, and peppers. Below is a lighter recipe (lighter since it’s not as sauce-heavy).

Basic Ingredients: zucchini, cherry tomatoes, chicken, pesto, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, ground beef, tomato sauce, etc.

Zoodles can be prepared in almost any way that you would prepare regular starch pasta. as with the other recipes, the “Basic Ingredients” section serves to inspire your taste buds and help you figure out your own personal favorite or you can go with our chicken and tomatoes choice!

To start, shred your zucchini into a pasta shape (you can also grab a zoodle or pasta maker for this). Then put them on a paper towel and generously salt them to get rid of the moisture in them. This way your sauce wont be a watered down mess. While this is working, grab all your pesto ingredients (fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, salt, and parmesan cheese) and blend them together for a quick pesto sauce. Then, sauté your chicken and once it’s ready, turn to your newly moisture-free zoodles. Squeeze the zoodles in the paper towels and then put them in the pan to warm them. Add some halved cherry tomatoes for burst of extra flavor. These go great with pesto! When your zoodles are warm, turn off the heat and add the sauce and some pine nuts. Mix it, top it with some parmesan cheese, and serve yourself up a culinary masterpiece.


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