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New year, new you: Recipes to kick-start healthy habits

It’s no surprise that, come January, gyms will fill up with many people who don’t frequent the facilities the other 

11 months of the year — the equipment taken by dozens who have made their New Year’s resolution to be healthier. 

Here are several recipes that let you enjoy your favorite foods, just with a healthier kick to them.


French toast
Guilt-Free French Toast

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes


Ingredients

2-3 slices Ezekiel Bread

1 ¼ cup egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of salt

Walden Farms Pancake Syrup.


Directions

1. Lightly toast bread in toaster oven. 

2. Mix egg whites with vanilla, cinnamon & salt in large shallow bowl. Soak bread slices in egg mixture, once soaked place on skillet at medium heat greased with pam.

3. Flip toast until eggs thoroughly cooked and remove from heat. Top with Walden Farms Pancake Syrup.


Savory Turkey-Spinach Breakfast Oats

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Total: 20 minutes


Ingredients

1/2 cup oatmeal

6 oz. ground turkey

1 handful spinach

1/4 cup water

Balsamic vinegar

Garlic salt to taste


Directions

1. Grease skillet with pam and add ground turkey, cooking on low to medium heat. Once the turkey is about halfway cooked, drizzle balsamic vinegar on top and add the oats and water. Wait until the mixture sticks together before adding other ingredients.

2. Add the spinach and drizzle balsamic vinegar on top of the mixture. Once the spinach is cooked, remove from heat and top with garlic salt to taste.


Quick Bistro Box

Prep: 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes


Ingredients

1/4 cup almonds

1/3 cup carrots

1 cup grapes

1/4 cup pickle chips

1 tbsp. mustard

1 whole wheat tortilla

1 slice ham

1 slice cheddar cheese

1/2 cup spinach


Directions

1. Place almonds, carrots, grapes and pickle chips in a container.

2. Spread mustard onto the tortilla. Top with ham, cheese and spinach. Roll into a pinwheel and slice into rounds. Place in container.


Stuffed peppers
Healthy Stuffed Pepper

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes


Ingredients

6 ounces  cooked ground turkey

2 tbsp. coconut oil

1 green pepper

1/4 cup onion, chopped

1/2 tbsp. minced garlic

1/3 cup diced tomato

1 tsp. parsley

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp. rosemary

1 tsp. seasoned salt


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat skillet and add 1 tablespoon coconut oil until sizzling. Add all vegetables and spices to skillet and cook for five to 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Add in turkey when vegetables are done. 

2. Lay the peppers, cut in half and de-seeded, on a baking tray and fill each half with meat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. *Can use soy crumbles to make the dish vegetarian.


Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes


Ingredients

1 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 pinch red pepper flakes

1/4 cup vegetable broth

1 teaspoon honey

Juice of 1 ½ lime

3 medium zucchini, spiralized or cut into noodles

Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

1 teaspoon lime zest

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


Directions

1. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon cilantro, honey, lime juice and lime zest. Add uncooked shrimp and toss to mix well. Marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the drained shrimp, cook for two minutes, flip, and add the marinade. Cook for one more minute and set the shrimp aside.

3. In the same skillet add vegetable broth to deglaze and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the zucchini noodles and cook until just tender, about two minutes. Add the shrimp and adjust seasoning. Toss everything and serve immediately topped with additional cilantro.