3 Quick & Healthy Recipes For The Holidays

Denise Austin by Denise Austin | December 15, 2017 | Featured

December 15, 2017
Hi everyone!
During the holidays, do you find yourself making excuses not to eat healthy? Maybe you’ve said one of the following (either out loud or to yourself):
“I don’t have time to cook.”
“I’m just too exhausted.”
“It’s easier to just order in.”

Well, no matter how crazy the holidays get, there’s always time for healthy eating. I’ve chosen three of my favorite healthy recipes for the holidays that are equal parts quick, healthy, and delicious!

Healthy Recipes For The Holidays:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Healthy habits should be able to work with your lifestyle. You shouldn’t have to feel burdened by them. Each of these healthy recipes for the holidays takes between 10 and 20 minutes, and can be made with ingredients you probably already have in your home – so you can squeeze in proper nutrition on even the busiest of days. And an added bonus is that they are great for feeding guests as well!

Healthy Breakfast: Spicy Egg Toast

A tasty way to start the day, this recipe offers up protein from the egg and healthy fats from the avocado. Delicious and simple to prepare!

Ingredient List

1 slice whole-grain bread (use gluten-free bread if following a gluten-free diet)

1 whole egg (cage-free)

1 egg white (cage-free)

1/4 ripe avocado, sliced

2 Tbsp. salsa

Prep and Cook

  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Coat a small skillet with oil spray and heat over medium heat.
  3. Whip together the egg and egg white. Add the eggs to the skillet and scramble until the egg is fully cooked.
  4. Layer the cooked eggs onto the toast. Top with the avocado and salsa.

Lunch: Black Bean Burrito Bowl

The combo of brown rice and black beans is a nutritional winner – and while the Mango Salsa may add on a few extra minutes of prep time, it adds such great flavor, I recommend you try it!

Ingredient List

1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice (or quinoa)

1 cup cooked black beans (if using canned, choose no-salt-added or low-sodium beans and rinse and drain well before use)

1/2 ripe avocado, diced

1/2 cup Mango Salsa (see recipe below) or 1/4 cup low-sodium store bought salsa

Prep and Cook

  1. In each serving bowl, combine 3/4 cup rice and 1/2 cup beans. To warm the ingredients, stir in a splash of water, cover the bowls with damp paper towels, and microwave each serving for approximately 2 minutes.
  2. Top each bowl with half the avocado and 1/4 cup Mango Salsa.

Sub-Recipe: Mango Salsa

1 mango, peeled, pitted, and diced (equivalent to 1 cup)

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/2 small jalapeno pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced

2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

1 Tbsp. lime juice

1/4 tsp. black pepper

Pinch salt

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.

Makes 5 servings (serving size = 1/4 cup)

Dinner: Fish Tacos with Toppers

Tacos are great for guests, as everyone can create their own version. I suggest adding as many veggie toppers as you can, for an extra nutritional boost during the holiday season!

Ingredient List

12 oz. tilapia (or any preferred fish, or shrimp, or chicken, or tofu)

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

1/8 tsp. salt

2 tsp. canola or grapeseed oil

4 organic corn tortillas

1/2 cup cooked black beans or fat-free refried beans, warmed (if using canned black beans, choose no-salt-added or low-sodium beans and rinse and drain well before use)

1 ripe avocado, diced

Additional veggie toppers (your choice!): lettuce, shredded cabbage, red onion, corn, salsa, chopped cilantro, scallions, lime wedges

Prep and Cook

  1. Sprinkle the tilapia evenly with the cumin, paprika, and salt.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the tilapia and cook for 2 minutes per side, or until opaque in the center.
  3. Heat the tortillas. (Heat each tortilla for 20 to 30 seconds per side in a dry skillet over medium heat, or arrange them on a baking sheet and place in a 350 oven for about 5 minutes.)
  4. Place 2 tortillas on each plate. Flake the tilapia with a fork and divide it evenly between the 4 tortillas.
  5. Top each taco with the beans, avocado, and any other toppings. If you have leftover beans, avocado, and other toppings, pile them on top of lettuce to make a delicious salad!

 

Make these healthy recipes for the holidays in advance or at the last minute for a healthy, tasty meal. And if you are looking for more simple, healthy and DELICIOUS recipes, join my LifeFit 360 Plan! One of the most popular challenges we offer is the LifeFit 360: 10-Week Whole Body Plan, which includes a personalized eating plan. Start your 7-day free trial today!

Let’s get fitter together – inside and out!

Denise

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