Healthy Food for the New Year

CATEGORIES: Healthy Meals

I love January. I know some people get the post-Christmas blues, but as much as I love the holiday season, I also love when it’s over. I always feel invigorated and renewed and full of motivation and energy to take on new projects, new hobbies, and new resolutions. Almost everyone I know makes a goal to better their eating habits in January, if not for weight-loss, simply for the sheer amount of sugar ingested during the month of December. So as of January 1st, I slapped on my Bodybugg again, dusted off my running shoes and made a list of healthy meals to make. (Speaking of running shoes, I’ll have you know that I just designed that Nike shoe to match our website. Isn’t it completely obnoxious?? Don’t worry, I didn’t actually purchase it. You can customize your own shoe on Nike’s website. I recommend choosing something that won’t cause drivers to swerve off the road when they see you.) We get emails all the time asking us if once and a while we’d post healthy food and what I don’t think people realize is that we do! All the time! Sure we have our gluttonous moments (plenty of them), but for the most part, this blog is about healthy, balanced meals you can make for yourself and your families. So below I’ve listed a bunch of my post-holiday faves. These are actually all recipes that include nutritional information so you can see exactly what your eating. The Weight Watchers Points are calculated for the new Points Plus system. Hopefully these will help some of you who are like us and making healthy eating goals this month!

Southwestern Cobb Salad

 

Nutrition Facts per serving: calories: 293, fat: 13.6g, protein 22.4g, carbs: 19.9g, fiber: 6.6g,
Weight Watchers Points: 7

Black Bean Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nutritional Information (1 C soup, w/o toppings): 125 calories, 2g fat, 8g fiber
2 Weight Watchers points

 

Lemon-Orzo Salad with Chicken and Veggies

 


 

 



Nutrition Facts per Serving (1 1/4 C) Calories: 275, Fat: 9.7g, Protein 18.2 g
Weight Watchers Points: 7

Smoky Honey Mustard Pork Chops

 

 

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 224, Fat: 7, Fiber: 0
WW Points: 5

Mini Breakfast Quiches
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Nutritional Information (w/o ham): 83 Calories, 7.5 g Protein, 3 g fat
2 Weight Watchers Points

Tuna Salad
 

Nutritional Information: Calories: 140, Fat: 10, Fiber: 2
WW Points: 3

 
Spinach and Feta Pasta
Nutritional Information: Calories: 186, Fat: 5.3, Fiber: 3.4
WW Points: 4
 
Asian Cabbage Salad
 


Nutritional Information for 1/4 of the salad w/chicken (big serving!): 287 cal 23g protein, 15g fat, 5g fiber, 6 Weight Watchers Points
 
Black Beans
 
 
Nutrition Facts (per 1/3 C): Calories: 70, Protien: 4 g, Carbs:13 g, Fat:1.5 g, 2 Weight Watchers Points
 
Guiltless Alfredo Sauce
 
 

Nutrition Facts: This clocks in at about 100 calories per 1/4 cup, and only about 6 grams of fat

Red Beans and Rice
 
 

Nutritional Information: Calories: 220, Fat: 4,Fiber: 6
WW Points: 6

 
Lasagna

Nutrition Facts: with lean ground beef, around 250 calories and 6 WW points

Hot White Bean Dip
 
Nutrition Facts (about 3 Tbs dip and 3 pita wedges): Cal: 128, fat: 1.9, protein: 5.1, Carb 22, fiber 2.1
 
 
Pomogranate (eat as a snack, add to smoothies or sprinkle on salads or meat!)
 
Nutritional Information (1/2 C arils) 80 calories, 0 fat, 5g fiber, 1g protein, 0 Weight Watchers Points
Pumpkin Chip Muffins
 
2 Weight Watchers Points

One-Ingredient Ice Cream
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You gotta try this one to believe it!  It has the same nutritional content as a single banana 🙂

Here’s to a great start to 2011!

 

21 comments

  1. I am also a lover of January. I love new beginnings and I too feel motivated. These recipes look wonderful. We love Cobb Salad in my family so I'll be trying that as well as the pumpkin chip muffins.

  2. Thanks for all the healthy recipes, especially since I closed out 2010 with your Popper dip (including the bacon) soo good! Now time to get back on track!

  3. Awesome post – I see hot white bean dip and pumpkin chip muffins in my immediate future! The others will have to wait until I make it to the store. 🙂

    I'm super excited to see healthy recipes; I'm coming off a bout of gestational diabetes and want to make some permanent changes to my (and my family's) eating habits. Part of this includes a ton of vegetable sides, so any easy, fresh, healthy recipes you've got would be appreciated, since I'm pretty much limited to baby spinach salad, steamed veg from frozen (which, incidentally, are nicely dressed up by a sprinkle of your garlic bread seasoning!), and garlic green beans. (Speaking of which, what's your policy on recipe submissions? The recipe I have is fantastic but vague – I'd love to send it to you guys and let you perfect the portions!)

  4. Thanks for the reminder of all your healthy foods! I am definitely gonna need them when this baby comes out (heaven knows I have a valid excuse to eat crap).
    Weight watchers just revamped their whole system. Not sure if those points are with their new system or from their old one, might wanna check it out before people complain (not that anyone would do that to you guys :)).

  5. Sabrina- those are calculated with the brand new point system.

    Ang- we welcome any yummy recipe submissions!

  6. Love healthy foods and these are great ideas!!! They also seem kid friendly, which, in my world is a must!

    Happy 2011 to Our Best Bites! I look forward to the new year!

    Cheers!

  7. Yum, these are some delicious looking healthy foods! Definitely much needed now that the holidays are over…

  8. Great post. Thanks for updating the WW points to the new system. I just signed up for WW today (got to lose this baby weight before my baby gets too old to call it baby weight) and was happy to see you you on top of it. Not that I doubted! I love your blog. I found it this year and it has been awesome. Thank you!!

  9. I was looking for ways to help lose the 7 lbs that I gained over the past few months. 🙂 These recipes look great. We love your alfredo sauce at my house, but I was wondering if you have ever tried freezing it. I'm looking for quick healthy meals and thought that the alfredo sauce would be so yummy and fast if I just had to thaw it out and throw in some grilled chicken strips and broccoli. yum! You ladies are awesome…thanks!

  10. Thank you so much for adding the WW points! Makes my job sooo much easier.

    I love January for the same reason. January is all about possibilities!

  11. I'm totally with you on the 'love Christmas, but love it when it's over'.

    Thank you for all the fabulous holiday recipes (my family has voted that the Cinnamon Bun Popcorn will be a tradition!).

    Wishing you all the best that 2011 has to offer.

  12. Thanks for the huge variety of healthy dishes you posted. Everything looks so good. Can you tell that my morning oatmeal is wearing off? Oh, and I LOVE the shoe you designed. Why wear a sensible boring shoe when you can wear a shoe with HAPPY orange laces! I'd love a pair just like you designed! It made me smile just looking at it! Happy Healthy New Year!

  13. This is way off topic, but I was flipping through the recipes you posted here and stumbled on the red beans and rice since that's a huge comfort food for me. I loved reading about your experiences in Louisiana, Kate, because while you are a Utah girl living in the south, I am a southern girl living in Utah. I was just as bewildered by roast, funeral potatoes, and "mixed herb" salads as you were by red beans and rice, gumbo, and okra (which is an amazing vegetable, by the way). You ladies are both very funny and I enjoy reading about your lives as much as the recipes themselves. Here's to a wonderful new year!

  14. Love all the healthy options, nothing like the new year to get all of our buns in gear to get in shape and start cooking a little leaner!!

    Ok ladies, now you have to take away all of the sidebar goodies so I can focus on some healthier recipes…becuase I am going to pass up white bean dip and spinach feta salad everytime for some cinnamon bun popcorn 🙂

  15. Just curious about the new WW points plus calculation…can you provide the carbs, protein, fiber and fat for the recipes?

  16. I would LOVE to see some side dishes including lots of yummy vegetables. My goal is one new vegetable (or, at least a new recipe using one we've eaten before) per week.

    Problem is? I'm probably the only one adventureous to try this so I need small portions or stuff that can be portioned and frozen.

    I love all of these recipes!

    Happy New Year ladies!

  17. I was looking through this list and tried to click on the Spinach and Feta Pasta link listed and it just took me to an error page that just says, “Not found” and suggests I search again. Just wanted to let you know. 🙂

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