Links: Healthy meals to keep you on track

Black cod with swiss chard
Black cod with swiss chard from Bon Appetit cleanse

It’s almost the end of January, how is everyone doing on their resolutions? One of my goals is to eat healthier and cook dinner more often. The down side of eating better? My grocery bill has significantly gone up with all the fresh fruit and veggies I’ve been buying. It’s given me a better perspective on how some people just can’t afford to eat healthy.

I’m hoping this healthier eating doesn’t fizzle out so I’ve dug up some links to help me (and you) stay on track:

Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse: There’s no juice fasting with this cleanse, it’s for people who like to eat. Basically, it’s 14 days of eating the way you should be eating: no processed foods, less sweets, minimal booze. Even though they tell you not to have dairy, there were a few dishes that had yogurt and goat cheese. I’d like to see less of that in the next version. I didn’t do the full program because R doesn’t eat red meat and I’m pretty weak when it comes to resisting sweets. The menu is great for ideas and I enjoyed how it’s all planned out. The Black Cod (Sablefish) with Swiss Chard, lemons and olives earned a place on the fancy meals list. The breakfast recipes were easy to prepare and for the most part filling. However, 3 rye crackers with smoked salmon and avocado did not cut it for me as a breakfast. The Salted, seedy chocolate bark helped curb sugar cravings and so easy to make. Just melted chocolate (done in the microwave) and you sprinkle the toasted seeds on top. I want this chocolate in my fridge at all times.

Whole Living Action Plan: Another better eating action plan. This one is 21 days long with breakfast, lunch and dinner planned out. Recipes for me to try Blueberry Mint Smoothie and Baked Salmon with Coconut Broth.

Lightened Up Protein Power Goddess Bowl: A friend recommended this recipe from Oh She Glows. It’s a variation on a recipe from one of her favourite vegan restaurants in Calgary, The Coup.

Weekend Glow Kale Salad: I’ve only had kale chips which I love, but I’ve never had kale in a salad. I don’t like bitter greens, so I never wanted to try it. The recipe says this is for kale skeptics so it sounds like a recipe for me.

Chickpea, quinoa and roasted yam salad: I fell in love with this salad when I was recipe testing from the Whitewater Cooks with Friends cookbook.

Pear and Arugula Smoothie With Ginger and Walnuts: I’ve been using my juicer and my blender more lately. This NY Times recipe sounds like an interesting combo of flavours.

DIY Energy Bars: I’ve been looking for an energy bar recipe and The Kitchn has rounded up several. The DIY Power Bars looks especially good!

Raw Brownie: I haven’t made any raw recipes yet, but this looks pretty tempting.

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