20 Healthy Recipes to Jumpstart Your New Year

Happy new year! Is eating healthier or giving a more plant-based diet a try on your to-do list for the new year? Check out these delicious ways to jumpstart your healthy eating!

I am all about building habits, and when it comes to healthy eating, a good batch of recipes are some of the key building blocks to a habit. If you just decide to eat more healthy food but don’t have recipes to get you going, where do you start, right? You need a meal plan or at least recipes for each meal to get you going, right?

Related Reading: 6 Superfoods to Boost Your Health

To help you get started, we’ve compiled some healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas to empower you to eat healthier in the new year!

Up Next: Healthy Breakfast Ideas

photo by Becky Striepe

healthy breakfast idea: homemade granola bars

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

1. Loaded Blueberry Muffins – These gluten free muffins have some hidden veggies tucked away for a nutrient boost!

2. Green Smoothies – Check out our beginner guide to green smoothies to get started!

3. Overnight Oats – Steel cut oats are super healthy but time-consuming to make. This overnight method makes them easy peasy!

4. Pumpkin Oatmeal – If rolled oats are more your speed, dress them up with a little pumpkin power for extra vitamins and deliciousness.

5. Homemade Granola Bars – Granola bars make a great grab-and-go breakfast, and this homemade granola bar recipe skips all of the gross mystery ingredients in many store-bought varieties.

Up Next: Healthy Lunch Ideas

photo by Mary Gerush

healthy lunch idea: pita pockets

Healthy Lunch Ideas

6. Magical Tofu Pita Pockets – Sandwiches are my favorite quickie lunch, and a stuffed whole grain pita is simple, healthy, and delicious!

7. Taco Salad – A hearty taco salad packed with veggies and beany protein is filling and tasty.

8. Bowl of Stuff – Natalie at Bake and Destroy suggests this as a supper, but I love whipping this up for lunch, too! You can use any grain (or mashed potatoes!) as your base, then pile on a protein (beans, tofu, etc), and plenty of veggies. Check out Natalie’s basic recipe to get you started.

9. Hummus and Veggie Wraps – You can also use different dips and spreads in place of hummus to mix things up!

10. Cous Cous with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Capers – You can serve up cous cous hot or cold and mix up your add-ins however you please!

Up Next: Healthy Dinner Ideas

photo by Becky Striepe

Healthy Diner Idea: Shepherds Pie

Healthy Dinner Ideas

11. Chickpea Flour Pancakes – This Indian staple is deeply seasoned, delicious, and versatile. Check out Kittee’s recipe to get the basics!

12. Shepherd’s Pie – You probably think of shepherd’s pie as a dish loaded with meat and cheese, but this potato-based dish can be a veggie explosion, too!

13. Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Chick Peas and Baked Tofu – A big bowl of healthy YUM! By massaging the kale instead of cooking it, you preserve even more of the nutrients in this superfood.

14. Gobi Aloo Pizza – Richa comes up with fantastical veggie-packed pizza ideas, and this Indian pizza is just spectacular!

15. Kid-Friendly Pasta – This crowd-pleasing pasta recipe is full of vegetables and simple to whip up.

Up Next: Healthy Snack Ideas

photo by Becky Striepe

Healthy Snack Idea: Curried Lentil Hummus

Healthy Snack Ideas

16. Curried Lentil Hummus – A yummy spin on the usually chickpea-based dip. Use this for dipping veggies, chips, or pita bread or as a sandwich stuffer.

17. Garlic Red Pepper Chia Crackers – You can use your food dehydrator or your oven to make these delicious crackers!

18. Cheezy Kale Chips – Cashew-based “cheese” takes kale chips to the next level.

19. Chickpea Nuggets – You could technically serve this as part of a meal, but this “chicken” nugget recipe from Vibrant Wellness Journal makes a great, protein-packed snack, too!

20. Sweet Potato Oven Fries – Full of nutrients and oh-so-decadent! You can serve these as a side along with a veggie burger, too!

What’s your favorite healthy recipe to whip up for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack? Let’s swap more recipes in the comments!

photo by Becky Striepe


Sarah M.
Sarah M4 years ago


Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago


Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Thanks for sharing.

janice letellier
janice l5 years ago

I love new ideas and recipies

Serena Ciarrocchi

Wow!!!! I will try as soon as my exams finish and I'll have more time!!! My favourite healthy things are : porridge in the morning,not using sugar at all but stevia -not Dietor!not liquid!- and I am very lucky because my dad grows our own animals,so that I am sure I am eating anything transformed,or grown with who-knows-what (excluding the fish unluckily but...we can't also have our own lake or sea to fish xD) and also he cultivates our own vegetables,of every possible kind,very few are excluded. I will use them for sure to prepare these recipes ;)

greenplanet e.
greenplanet e5 years ago

Good tips

Edith B.
Edith B5 years ago

The "chicken (chickpea) nuggets sounded good, but too many ingredients for the ordinary kitchen.

Valentina R.
Valentina R5 years ago

I find it hilarious how nowadays healthy equals vegan, in the opinion of the vegan sect itself.

Bmr Reddy
Ramu Reddy5 years ago

Thank you

Roger M.
Past Member 5 years ago