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Lighten Up

After a month of heavy holiday dinners, cookie trays, and sugary cocktails, it’s a great time to embark on a healthy eating plan.

Tiffany Duncan
Chelsi Fisher
January 1, 2017

January is practically no one’s favorite month — the pressure of the new year is here, and the cold weather has lost all of its charm without the warmth of the holidays to make it less noticeable. Something that is more noticeable, however, is the ever-so-slightly tighter feel of clothes that used to fit.

The holidays are typically a time of over-indulgence for everybody, and all of that stocking chocolate has left us feeling more padded than usual. But luckily the new year is also a perfect time to make some health-conscious changes for ourselves.

Kale, Quinoa and White Bean Soup

This soup is packed with all kinds of cleansing nutrients, and it’s also completely vegan (although chicken may be added if desired).

Kale, Quinoa and White Bean Soup
Kale, Quinoa and White Bean Soup (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Spaghetti Squash

This is an incredibly easy and lean alternative to the carbs and calories found in regular wheat spaghetti with ground beef — and the taste is shockingly delicious, even for picky eaters. But the best part of this meal is the spaghetti squash husk can act as its own bowl, cutting down on the amount of dishes to wash.

Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Pesto Chicken and Veggies

Chicken and vegetables always makes a healthy, protein-packed meal. With the added appeal of pesto and bright, sweet cherry tomatoes, you might want to meal prep this one for the entire week.

Pesto Chicken and Veggies
Pesto Chicken and Veggies (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)