Some of the most-popular resolutions are eating healthier, spending less money and getting organized, and you can check all three off your list with one activity. In fact, you can do them all in one day if you plan accordingly, using easy meal prep to make cheap, healthy lunches for the whole week.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite lunch recipes that can be packed up in Mason jars at the start of the week to keep you organized and on track for at least five days in a row. Start with a colorful Soba Noodle-Vegetable Salad, pictured above, and get more healthy lunch ideas here.
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News flash: You can have your cake and eat it too without breaking your New Year’s resolutions. In fact, carbs don’t have to be your enemy if you fill your breads and cakes with vegetables. Sneaking veggies into treats like chocolate cupcakes and trimming down the fat and calories in carrot cake will basically turn your favorite desserts into salads. OK, maybe not quite as healthy as salads, but there are ways to indulge in a balanced way.
Below, check out five vegetable-filled desserts — starting with Bobby’s Red Velvet Cupcakes that use beets as food coloring — and get more healthy dessert recipes here.
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Embracing the “new year, new you” mentality isn’t usually the easiest thing to do — or the tastiest — but it doesn’t have to be that way. In 2016, don’t force-feed yourself green juice and rabbit food. Instead, try keeping yourself full and happy with protein-packed salads that are equally satisfying and healthy.
We’ve rounded up six of our favorite salad recipes — kicking off with the above Composed Mediterranean Chicken Salad filled with chicken, halloumi cheese, cucumbers and red peppers — and there’s plenty more where that came from with Cooking Channel’s other healthy lunch ideas.
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As your daydreams about time on the beach become a reality this summer, so does slimming down to fit into your swimsuit. But just because you want to look good while splashing around, that doesn’t mean you have to eat salads and boiled chicken all summer; in fact, you can still enjoy all of your comfort food favorites with a few easy swaps.
Whether it’s macaroni and cheese with some secret squash filler or devil’s food cupcakes turned angelic with whole-wheat flour, it’s easy to slim down your meals. Check out nine mind-blowing meal transformations below.
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Kids. None of us would exist without them. Therefore, we hope the following impression isn’t too belittling (even if spot-on): “Wah. That food’s too brown. That food’s too green. Wah. That food’s too yellow. That food’s not yellow enough. I’m a kid. Wah.”
Fortunately, many of our chefs have kids of their own and have figured out ways to transmit their passion of food onto their offspring. We’ve compiled a few of their tenets here:
Last, but not least, new-as-of-this-week mom Haylie Duff (pictured) has several ways to disguise healthy foods as kid-approved treats — like pizza with secret veggies and apple cookies — and she’s sharing her recipes on The Real Girl’s Kitchen, Saturday at 1pm ET.
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The last couple of years have seen the rise of the insanely convenient food delivery app. The only downside? Delivery food is not, on average, good for you. Most of it is downright unhealthy. One delivery app, Eat24, is trying to change that with the addition of a ‘healthy button.’
The company recently unveiled an aggregate system that uses a series of algorithms to determine what menu items are healthy enough to eat without breaking any of those vaunted New Year’s resolutions. It’s not the kind of thing that will just jut out obvious options like turkey burgers. The algorithms were designed by nutritionists so you can expect actually healthy instead of fake healthy.
This healthful button has already launched nationwide, so if you use Eat24 on the regular, and you want to cut down on the chimichangas, try it out.
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Between all the cookies and cocktails, it can seem like holiday food is out to get you (or at least your waistline). But let’s take a moment to celebrate all of the festive ingredients and dishes that are actually good for you.
Break out the nutcracker and get cracking on some fresh, whole almonds, walnuts, filberts and other nuts. They’re a great source of protein, healthy fats, fiber and some vitamins and minerals. Plus, if you take time to shell them you’ll be less likely to overdo it on these calorie-rich snacks.
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Remember when pomegranate juice hit the shelves along with a lot of marketing hype about its super powers? While pomegranate juice does have laudable health benefits (it might help quell the growth of prostate cancer, prevent heart disease and improve memory), eating pomegranate arils may be even better. (FYI on the lingo: Arils are the seeds encapsulated by jewel-like juice sacs.) In fact, for all fruits and vegetables, getting the whole form is usually better than the juice, as whole fruits are packaged in perfect portions.
They’re rich in health-promoting flavanols. Flavanols are plant compounds that give pomegranate juice and the whole fruit most of its most-promising health benefits (see above: cancer and heart disease prevention, memory).
They take a long time to eat. Consider grapes: They are big, plump, sweet and easy to eat. You can down a couple cups of grapes (200 calories) without even realizing it. Pomegranates, on the other hand, make you work for those arils within. And the arils themselves contain seeds that require chewing.
Fiber! A half cup of pomegranate arils gives you 4 grams of fiber. Eating enough fiber is important for several aspects of your health: It makes you feel full, which can help keep your calorie intake in check, it can lower your cholesterol and it prevents your blood sugar from spiking. Women should get at least 25 grams per day; men need at least 38 grams.
They’re a good source of vitamins and minerals. Pomegranates are a good source of vitamins C and K, which support supple skin and strong bones, respectively. They also have a smattering of numerous other vitamins and minerals, making them an excellent addition to a healthy diet.
Celebrate the season with holiday fare that will make your guests feel good, not stuffed. These bites are perfect for passing around a cocktail party and are so enticing, revelers won’t even realize they’re on the lighter side.
Fresh Ricotta Crostini: Wow your guests with this made-from-scratch fresh ricotta.
Smoky Spiced Pepitas: Smoked paprika gives these toasted pumpkin seeds just the right earthy note.
Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip: Sweet-tart pomegranate molasses and rich walnuts make this a wonderfully flavorful dip.
Stuffed Mushrooms: Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe for stuffed mushrooms calls for heart-healthy olive oil, rather than butter.
Prosciutto Rolls with Asparagus and Arugula: This is a great way to get greens on the table at your holiday party in slightly more sneaky fashion. Or try the perennial favorite: Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs.
Shrimp Cocktail: You can’t go wrong with shrimp cocktail; the simple, classic app is always a hit.