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3 Healthy Recipes to Try This Year

The New Year is the time of resolutions and by starting off your year eating right, you can put a checkmark next to one of the most important resolutions. These 3 recipes will help you stay healthy by limiting sugar intake, and keeping cholesterol low. Plus, they are very easy to make!

 

Vanilla Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups 1% milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons flax seed (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of organic raw vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

-Heat the milk or almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add rinsed quinoa and salt and simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes.

-Remove quinoa from heat and add lemon zest and blueberries into the mixture. Add just a slight pinch of stevia to the mixture if it’s not sweet enough.

This recipe has been modified from the original recipe below.

Original Recipe/Image Source

 

Veggie Burgers

  • 2 cups portabella mushrooms, cubed (smaller pieces); gills removed
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup minced broccoli, fresh only
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp gluten free panko crumbs
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • ½ tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • Whole wheat buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Avocado

For the Patties:

-In a large bowl add 1 cup of black beans and mash with a masher (chunks are OK).

-Next, add in the mushrooms, the rest of the beans, broccoli, garlic, onion, coconut aminos, onion and garlic powder and ground mustard. Mix just until coated.

-Add in the eggs, cheese and gluten free panko crumbs and mix gently with a large spoon until the mixture is combined.

-Set aside while you place a medium non-stick pan over medium heat and add in 2 tbsp of olive oil.

-Once the oil starts to shimmer, scoop a ½ cup of mixture into the palm of your dampened hand and gently shape into a burger. The mixture should hold a burger shape. If it doesn’t add just a tbsp more of panko crumbs.

-Place in the oil and cook for 3-5 minutes per side or until golden brown and a crust has formed on each side.

Original Recipe/Image Source

 

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

  • 1/4 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (can also use skim milk)
  • 1/4 cup cultured vanilla coconut milk (can also use plain Greek yogurt)
  • 2-3 drops of stevia vanilla extract or just add a pinch or two of regular stevia
  • Handful of baby spinach (you can add more to your liking)
  • 2-3 slices of avocado (optional but it adds a little sweetness to the smoothie)

-Place all the ingredients in a blender. It’s best to add the liquid ingredients first because some blenders might get stuck if there isn’t enough liquid by the blade. Blend until a smoothie texture.

-Pour the mixture into a tall glass or two small glasses and enjoy! This smoothie is great for breakfast, as a snack, or even as dessert!

 

A healthier you is the ideal New Year’s resolution, don’t you think? Enjoy!

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