New Year | Healthier Beginnings

Each year in January, the numbers at the gym skyrocket. Classes are packed, private instructors are slammed, and all the healthier foods at the stores are bought out. For the past three years in the beginning of the year, I try to set new goals. The first year, I began cutting back on processed foods and started working out three days a week regularly. Last year, I started working out four to five days a week. This year, I am logging my foods and trying to increase my activity daily with only one rest day per week. In an effort to eat healthier, I have been collecting some recipes to add to our regular rotation. Here are some of the lists I have collected and have been using in my home.

Breakfast – It is the most important meal for so many reasons. Here are some great lists that will get your day going.

Here is a great way to rethink your breakfast toast in the morning:

Here is a great list of breakfast bowls:

I love overnight oats because you don’t have to do anything in the morning. Here is a great list of options for you to try:

Lunch – This meal is often the most difficult to put together since most people are on the run in our busy lives. It is important to create easy meals or meals that can be made in advance.

Here is a list of great healthy lunches that take little meal prep:

Here is a great list of bowl options for lunch:


Snacks – Snacks also should be convenient, otherwise you are more likely to grab something unhealthy. Here are some great snack ideas.

Here is a great list of smoothies that can be used as a breakfast, lunch or even a filling snack.

If trail mixes are your thing (like my husband) here is a great list of some healthy ones for you to try.

Here are some awesome energy ball recipes that are a pretty grab and go snack for someone who is constantly on the move.

Dinner – This meal needs to be cooked in a reasonable amount of time. No one wants to drain themselves in the kitchen after a long day of work. Here are some convenient recipes we have enjoyed.

I have really been loving skillet dinners because they are quick, easy, and create less of a mess. Here is a great list of dinner for you skillet lovers.

These days dinner cook times need to be quick and efficient with more families having parents who work full time. Here are is great list of quick and healthy meals.

Expense is the most common reason people choose to not eat healthy. Here is a massive list that allows you to eat healthy on a budget.

Family Favorites – These have become my favorite recipes to use during the work week that everyone in my family can enjoy.

I love this recipe because it makes a ton and can be made in the crock pot.

This is another great crock pot meal that is a very warm and comforting soup:

Even my children love this one pan salmon dish:

This is great for lunch or dinner. It also freezes well to eat on more than one occasion.

In the end, meals should be quick, easy, and as healthy as possible. Otherwise there is no way you will succeed in continuing on a healthy diet. It may be difficult to find the recipes at first that fit best with your lifestyle. But in the end, the more recipes that work for your family the more you shall succeed. Put health as a priority and you will not regret the results of your physique, immune system, and mental health.

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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