Easy and Healthy Recipes to Start 2021

As we finally wash our hands of 2020 and close the door on one of history’s wildest years, we’ll celebrate the new year with our annual act of self-reflection and self-improvement in the form of resolutions. Research shows that nearly 50% of American adults make resolutions. However, as you may guess, only about 10% keep those resolutions for more than a couple of months. Interestingly, roughly 45% of Americans’ 2021 resolutions are diet-related, according to a recent poll. So, why are we so prone to abandoning our resolutions to eat healthily? A common misconception many people share is that healthy eating means you must sacrifice flavor for the sake of wellness, but that is simply not true. Follow along for a list of some of our favorite easy, flavorful, and healthy recipes to start your new year off right.

Egg and Sausage Stuffed Peppers

Let’s start with breakfast, though it’s understandable if you find yourself wanting to cook this dish for lunch and dinner too. This recipe is the perfect healthy jumpstart to your morning, and it can be prepared ahead of time so there’s no need to wake up extra early. While many may recommend steering away from fat-rich meats like sausage, you can opt for a low-fat breakfast sausage like these from Grimm’s Fine Foods, or substitute lean turkey sausage without sacrificing any flavor. Get the full recipe, here

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Two things that are undeniably true: pancakes are the perfect breakfast food, and sweet potatoes are delicious in any context. If you find yourself craving pancakes on a cold Sunday morning, then this simple recipe is exactly what you need. These sweet potato pancakes make great use of sweet potato puree, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil, and are a healthier low-carb alternative to traditional pancakes.

Fish Tacos with Cabbage-Carrot Slaw and Spicy Crema

Tacos are among the most versatile of foods. Not to mention, everything tastes better when served in a tortilla. However, like with any good thing, you get out what you put in. Instead of the usual meat-cheese-sour cream combo, this unique taco recipe is anything but boring and is jam-packed with flavor. The fact that it’s good for you too is just a nice added bonus. Get the full recipe, here.

Zucchini Spaghetti 

Pasta using zucchini noodles, or “zoodles,” became wildly popular a few years ago, and for good reason. This zucchini spaghetti is sure to satisfy even the most ardent pasta connoisseurs and offers a way to enjoy spaghetti without overloading on carbs. You can even tweak the recipe a bit to make it even healthier by substituting ground turkey or chicken for ground beef. Get the full recipe, here.

With these delicious recipes, you’ll find sticking to your healthy eating New Year’s resolution to be a breeze! If you’re looking for an apartment home with a luxury kitchen to help you start your New Year off right, our community in Avon, Colorado offers a variety of beautiful floor plans and plenty of upscale amenities. If you’re interested in learning more about our availability, please contact our leasing team.

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