Come January 1, there's a seemingly universal switch from relaxing and indulging to working out and refocusing on health goals. While it can be tough to adjust, it's not impossible. If you had one too many sugar cookies last year, now's the perfect time to nourish your body with the healthy winter meals it's been missing. It's time for a total body reset, which means no more eating leftover pie for breakfast (no judgment). Instead, turn to a few healthy winter recipes that are still warm and satisfying.
We rounded up 10 delicious and healthy winter recipes that you can try right away to kick-start your New Year's resolutions.
Curried Pumpkin Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Pumpkin is the star of this wintery vegan soup by Eating Bird Food. Along with coconut milk and cannellini beans, you'll be left with a protein-packed, creamy concoction that will warm you up and deliver on nutrients.
The Pro Tip: Make this recipe in a slow cooker for a truly hands-off weeknight dinner. "The soup comes out tasting delightfully flavorful and super creamy," writes Brittany Mullins of Eating Bird Food.
The Hero Ingredient: While a salad may not sound like the most appealing dish in the wintertime, pomegranate arils make this broccoli salad by Half Baked Harvest fit for the season. There's also kale, bell peppers, carrots, and blood orange slices in the seasonal mix.
The Pro Tip: According to Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest, this salad can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Just top with an egg and a side of toast for a hearty morning meal.
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Grain Bowl
The Hero Ingredient: The perfect way to start a cold winter's day, this breakfast bowl by Joyful Healthy Eats is packed with nutrient-rich gluten-free oatmeal. Paired with quinoa, almond milk, coconut milk yogurt, apple slices, and pecans, it's flavorful and healthy.
The Pro Tip: Krista Rollins of Joyful Healthy Eats suggests topping your bowl with whatever seasonal fruits you're craving.
The Hero Ingredient: This healthy, vegetarian curry by The Modern Proper is high in good fats and low in carbs thanks to cauliflower and other healthy ingredients. It also fits nicely into Keto and Whole30 diets.
The Pro Tip: Natalie Mortimer of The Modern Proper notes that you can toss in additional vegetables if you want to add some more flavors and nutrients. You can also include a cup of shredded chicken if you're not sticking to a vegetarian meal.
Spaghetti Squash Pasta
The Hero Ingredient: Instead of traditional noodles, spaghetti squash takes center stage in this play on the Italian classic by Minimalist Baker. Because it's a vegan, gluten-free dish, you'll make a cashew-based cheese sauce to top your "noodles."
You can also whip up some vegan meatballs to go along with the upgraded comfort food.
The Pro Tip: You can cut your spaghetti squash into rings before roasting to get longer noodles, according to Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker.
The Hero Ingredient: Heat up the sweet potatoes with tempeh, black beans, potatoes, and tomatoes in The First Mess's savory, warm meal that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The Pro Tip: Laura Wright of The First Mess suggests serving the skillet with cilantro, warm tortillas, and hot sauce.
No Noodle Pad Thai
The Hero Ingredient: Almond butter gives this healthy sweet potato and carrot pad Thai by The Modern Proper the perfect flavor for the nutty sauce. You can prepare the sauce in a blender or food processor and combine it with spiralized sweet potatoes and carrots, eggs, and chicken breast.
The Pro Tip: The sauce will stay fresh for two weeks if stored in an airtight container, according to The Modern Proper's Holly Erickson. Save your leftovers to eat throughout the week.
The Hero Ingredient: Greek yogurt serves as the base for the herb yogurt mayo that you can serve with this perfectly roasted salmon by Stuck in the Kitchen. You'll also coat the fish with olive oil and pomegranate molasses dressing before cooking.
The Pro Tip: Sarah Tuck of Stuck in the Kitchen recommends leaving the salmon on the baking paper until serving because it will be extremely tender after baking.
Rustic Winter Salad
The Hero Ingredient: Homemade croutons give this winter salad by The Original Dish just the right amount of crunch. They complement the sweet vinaigrette and fresh vegetables like beets, radishes, and fennel.
The Pro Tip: Keep the croutons simple and tear some bread to toast in olive oil in a pan, Kayla Howey of The Original Dish explains.
Ginger Peanut Chicken Noodle Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Traditional chicken noodle soup is completely upgraded by the ginger flavors in this warm winter meal by Half Baked Harvest. It has just the right amount of spice paired with other ingredients like shredded chicken, vegetables, egg noodles, and roasted peanuts.
The Pro Tip: "You can keep the broth on the stove or in the slow cooker all day long, then just boil some noodles and serve," Gerard of Half Baked Harvest points out.