The start of the year is a time for new beginnings. Gone are the days of the past year, and there's nothing better to do than to forget the mistakes of the past, keep the lessons that we learned from those mishaps, and treasure the present as we look on to a brighter future.
It's amazing how moving on and working to live a better and more peaceful life has a lot to do with what we eat. After all, our body emanates whatever we put inside it - as they say, garbage in, garbage out.
This is the time for us to look back and reflect on how we can work towards a cleaner and healthier body. You don't need to be a full-fledged vegan overnight, but a few simple adjustments can help detoxify your system and improve how you feel.
Cheers to a healthier you this 2017!
New Year, New Body! There's no use crying over calorific feasts and extra pounds you got during the Holiday season. Forget the mishaps of the past and turn over a new leaf this year to get your health and waist line back on track.
The great news is, you're not alone on your health conquest as the new year begins. In fact, gym subscriptions surge after the Holiday season - this proves that getting fit and healthy is at the top of many people's list of New Year's resolutions.In short, it's the perfect time to eat right, exercise, and be the healthiest you can be!
Here are low-calorie vegan salad recipes to help you get started with your detox from all the roasted meat you had during the Holidays.
Tofu Amaranth Salad (101 Cookbooks)
- 1/2 small clove garlic, peeled
- 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, plus more to taste
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2/3 cup / 160ml coconut milk (full fat)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
- 2-3 heads of little gem lettuces, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch ribbons
- a handful of amaranth leaves, or red lettuce, or spinach
- 12 ounces extra firm tofu, pat dry and cut into tiny cubes
- 1 small handful of basil leaves
- 1 small avocado, thinly sliced
Superfood Black Bean & Quinoa Salad (Elizabeth Rider)
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup dry quinoa yields about 2 cups cooked)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 clove garlic, pressed, grated or finely chopped
- Juice of one lime (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for heat)
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained well
- 1 red bell pepper, quarter inch chopped (about 1 cup)
- 6 green onions, root removed, white and part of the greens chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 handful of cilantro, rough chopped (about 1/3 cup)
Asian Tofu Salad (Hurry The Food Up)
- 400g firm tofu (one block)
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- ½ bunch of radishes
- Half a small cucumber
- A handful of spinach
- A small tin of pineapple (8 oz/ 225g) or ¼ of a ripe one
For the dressing
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp sambal oelek (or sriracha/equivalent)
- Juice of half a lime or lemon
- Half a chili pepper (jalapeño)
- A small handful of peanuts
- Salt and pepper
So you're wondering why you're still packing on the pounds even if you decide to eat salad for lunch and dinner for your Holiday detox. Step on the brakes and look at the label of your store-brought salad dressing!
Though they claim to be healthy, most store-bought salad dressings are laden with empty calories, fat, sugar and salt - definitely not good for your waistline and holistic well-being in general!
Many health buffs are intimidated to make their own salad dressings, but it's actually a lot easier than it seems. In fact, it only takes three ingredients to create a healthy salad dressing that would make that bowl of greens a yummy, satisfying treat!
3 Ingredient Salad Dressing (Simply Taralynn)
- Light olive oil
- All purpose seasoning
- Parmesan cheese
3 Ingredient Orange Vinaigrette (Mindy's Cooking Obsession)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice + zest
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
3 Ingredient Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing (Jar of Lemons)
- 1 avocado
- 1 Tbsp nonfat plain greek yogurt
- 2 limes
Some people are intimidated by the thought of eating and staying healthy. One of the common notions about eating healthy is that it takes up time to prepare your own healthy meals.
But worry not! Preparing healthy lunches doesn't need to be stressful. These salad in a jar recipes are the perfect way to eat fresh, low-calorie lunches by just tipping a jar onto a plate! It's cheap, easy to make, and best of all, it can help you lose those extra pounds you gained during the holidays.
All you need is a jar, some fresh fruits and veggies, and you're good to go!
Salad in a Jar (Hurry The Food Up)
- Layer 1: your favourite dressing
- Layer 2: tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, asparagus, celery, peppers, carrots
- Layer 3: mushrooms, zucchini, beans, lentils, peas, corn, broccoli
- Layer 4: boiled eggs and cheese (feta, gouda, cheddar etc.)
- Layer 5: rice, pasta, quinoa or couscous
- Layer 6: nuts and greens as lettuce, spinach or arugula.
Chopped Black Bean and Corn Mason Jar Salad (Organize Your Self Skinny)
5 wide mouth quart size mason jar salads
- 1 ¼ cup salsa
- 1 6 ounce container plain greek yogurt
- 1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 12 ounce package frozen corn, thawed
- 2 avocados, peeled and chopped
- 5 ounce block pepper jack cheese, cut into small cubes
- 4-5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- ¼ cup or more chopped cilantro (optional)
Mason Jar Zucchini Pasta Salad (Sugar Free Mom)
- 1 1/2 cups spiraled zucchini
- 1/2 cup shelled edamame
- 1/2 cup sliced celery
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons kalalmata olives
Avocado Spinach Dressing
- 1/2 cup fresh packed spinach
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, plain, 2%
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper