20 Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Your Glow Back ~ are you ready to hit the restart button?  I know I am…here are my top 20 healthy recipes for 2017 ~ my favorite ways to nourish and revitalize for the New Year.   These dishes feed my body, my senses, and my spirit, and I know they can do the same for you.  It was definitely a vibrant and tasty 2016 at tvfgi ~ here’s to an even more delicious ’17!

Albacore Buddha Bowl is made with protein rich wild caught tuna on a bed of red quinoa ~ 20 Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Your Glow Back!Albacore Buddha Bowls

There’s been a quiet revolution in the world of lunches and dinners lately, and it’s all about the bowl.  I’m in love with the concept of Buddha Bowls…you might know them as gloryblissglownourishmacro — or power bowls, but whatever you call them, they’re a healthy and yummy way to eat. 

Bowls are trending for 2017, so expect to see more from tvfgi in the coming months!

Chimichurri Shrimp appetizer or dinner recipe ~ the zesty vibrant sauce goes with everything! ~ 20 Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Your Glow Back!Chimichurri Shrimp

This beautiful shrimp dish can be a low carb and paleo friendly appetizer, or a quick 30-minute meal when you pair it with pasta, couscous, or warm toasty bread.  This unique Argentinian sauce is garlicky, spicy, and a brilliant emerald green thanks to lots of fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, and oregano. 

Find a way to grow fresh herbs for yourself in 2017, whether it’s in your backyard, or just on your kitchen counter ~ fresh herbs make ALL the difference.

Fatoush Salad is a wonderfully fresh vibrant dish ~ 20 Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Your Glow Back! Fattoush Salad

Fattoush is a chunky Mediterranean salad full of healthy veggies and crunchy toasted pita bread — a tangy lemon-sumac dressing makes the dish sing.  If done right, the pita is light and crisp and adds a wonderful crunch to the dish. 

The pita and the feta cheese make fattoush a good candidate for a light meatless meal.

Chickpea Veggie Burgers are simple to make, and you can keep a big stack of them in the freezer for healthy eating any time! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comChickpea Veggie Burger

I swear, a simple, satisfying meatless burger has the power to change the world, and these fabulous Chickpea Veggie Burgers are contenders, for sure — they’re just as tasty as beef, but so much better for you.   Off my soapbox now, but try these, they’re so good!

Every well stocked freezer should have a stack of these patties at the ready.

Fish with Blood Oranges and Thyme ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comFish Baked with Blood Oranges and Thyme

There isn’t a healthy epithet you can hurl at this Fish with Blood Orange and Thyme that doesn’t fit — low calorie, low carb, gluten free, Paleo, low fat, Whole30… and while you’re at it you can throw in beautiful and delicious.  It’s great to have in your arsenal of recipes for when you feel the urge to cleanse.

When it comes to staying healthy in 2017, I have just one word for you…fish!

How to Make an Instagram Worthy Breakfast BowlInstagram Worthy Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast bowls aren’t just pretty, they’re a really smart way to start the day — and in fact, the prettier you make them, the healthier they get. Change them up with the seasons, winter bowls with mixed citrus are one of my favorites.

Go ahead, snap a pic and post it so your friends can see how well you eat.

Rainbow Popsicles are as delicious as they are healthy! * theviewfromgreatisland.comRainbow Fruit Popsicles

I love colorful food, the bolder and brighter the better.  Natural color in food signifies flavor, nutrients, freshness and vitality so I say bring it on.  These fruity Rainbow Popsicles are a frosty celebration of all that.  Each bright stripe is a puree of ripe summer fruit that I layer up in random order just for fun.  You can limit yourself to one or two, or go all out like I did.

Popsicles are a uniquely healthy way to treat yourself, so buy a mold before the season hits.

Vegan Ancient Grain Salad ~ theviewfromogreatisland.comVegan Ancient Grain Salad

You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to appreciate the the satisfying chew of the grains and the crunch of the celery and nuts in this salad. Dried cranberries and juicy pomegranate seeds guarantee that every bite finishes with an explosion of sweet.

New ancient grains are appearing in supermarkets all the time, make 2017 the year you start experimenting with them.

A quick and easy no-pectin recipe for Clementine JamClementine Jam

This low sugar Clementine Jam is a pure, gorgeous fruit spread that perks up toast, biscuits, muffins, and scones — you can even mix it into yogurt, or bake with it.   My favorite way to enjoy it is heaped on a thick slab of homemade oat bread hot out of the toaster.

Homemade jams, jellies, and preserves don’t necessarily have to be loaded with sugar!

Salmon Filet with Spicy Fruit Salsa --- a quick and easy 30 minute meal | theviewfromgreatisland.comSpicy Fruit Salsa

I consider salsa to be one of the basic food groups, you can’t beat it for explosive flavor and visual appeal… I crave new and exciting versions every season, and this Spicy Fruit Salsa is my latest.  You can freshen up so many different kinds of simple meals with this stuff, from baked salmon like I made above, to chicken, steak, tacos, etc. 

Tailor your salsa to the season, there are always great fresh fruits available.

Slimming Detox Soup for getting back on track fast!Slimming Detox Soup

I’m a common sense type of eater, and so I’m usually not interested in faddish diets, but, like everybody else, the pounds sometimes creep up on me.  My secret is simple — soup!  I make a big pot of this healthy, low fat, low carb  Slimming Detox Soup at the beginning of the week and by the end of the week I feel like I’m back on track.  At least I’m headed in the right direction ;)

When the pounds creep up on you, don’t despair ~ make soup!

Healing Conifer Tea ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comHealing Conifer Tea

Edible evergreens – who knew?   This vitamin C and anti-oxidant rich Healing Conifer Tea will sooth a cough and cold, and energize you.  It smells like a walk in the forest, and tastes lovely, too.

Take a walk around your block and snip some evergreens to try this for yourself.

Spicy Rainbow Slaw with Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Dressing | theviewfromgreatisland.comSpicy Rainbow Slaw

Have you ever heard that it takes more calories to eat and digest cabbage than it contains in the first place?  Sadly, that’s not true, there are no ‘negative calorie’ foods ~ but there’s a nugget of truth to the rumor ~ cabbage (and the peppers, turnips, & radishes in this salad) are extremely low in calories considering their satisfying crunchy texture.   I made the dressing with low fat buttermilk and yogurt, too, so munch away!

Play with color in 2017 ~ look for vivid alternatives to your staple veggies.

Lemon Chickey Biryani ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comLemon Chicken Biryani

Healthy food comes in all forms, and this warm and inviting chicken dish is a great example ~ this is comfort food that also happens to be great for you.  The fragrant basmati rice is flavored with a blend of spices along with the juices from the chicken that cooks with it…cashews, currants and sliced almonds round out this lush one pot meal.

Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian cuisines are great sources for healthy meat and poultry based recipes.

BASIL AND HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comBasil and Heirloom Tomato Salad

This salad was one of the most intoxicating I’ve ever eaten…and, granted, while it’s not an all year round recipe, when summer finally comes you’ll be glad you’ve got it tucked away.  As soon as basil is going gangbusters and heirloom tomatoes are in their glory days, this simple, healthy salad will delight you with bold flavor and gorgeous color.

Salads are so good for us but we need to keep them new and exciting or we won’t eat them…boredom is the enemy of healthy eating.

Easy and healthy Microwave Potato Chips!Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Oh boy, this is a game changer if there ever was one.  Want a handful of potato chips any time you get the craving?  Want them healthy?  Want them super quick?  This is instant chip gratification.

If you’re a chip-a-holic like I am, this recipe will rock your world.

Ottolenghi's Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce ~ earthy comfort food from my favorite chef! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comOttolenghi’s Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce

Are you paying attention to how many times fish and seafood are coming up in this list?  This was one of  my personal favorites from the past year, these fish cakes are so tender and so full of flavor…serve them with a side of bulgur, farro, or quinoa, and some steamed spinach

…proof that healthy can be sooooo gratifying.

Spicy Basil Pesto is made with a Serrano pepper for a wonderful kick! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comSpicy Basil Pesto

Spicy Basil Pesto ~ Serrano pepper takes the world’s freshest sauce from simple to sassy in one fell swoop ~ stir it into freshly boiled pasta, spread it over grilled fish, spoon it on a baked potato, or soak it up with a torn piece of bread, it makes all other sauces obsolete.

When it comes to healthy eating, pesto is a hero, period.  Make as many different varieties as you can, and put it on everything.

High Protein Breakfast Bowls ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comHigh Protein Breakfast Bowls

These protein rich Vegan Breakfast Bowls are the answer to the breakfast blahs…if you’re been there and done that with green smoothies and can’t face another piece of toast, one of these powerhouse bowls will jump start your engine, guaranteed!

Non-dairy protein beverages are the base for these unusual smoothie bowls and the flavor payoff is huge.

Concord Grape Frozen Yogurt ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comConcord Grape Frozen Yogurt

Let’s finish up with a palate cleansing Concord Grape Frozen Yogurt.  It’s made with just grapes and yogurt (a touch of honey is optional.)  This is a concept I return to again and again ~ I freeze whatever fresh fruit is in season, and then blend it with yogurt to make an instant healthy treat. “

A good food processor or high power blender is a great investment in your health.

 

 

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The Top 20 Best Healthy Recipes from TVFGI for 2017 ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

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21 Responses to 20 Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Your Glow Back!

  1. Jeff says:

    My favorite of these is definitely going to be the Buddha bowl. Thanks for the recipes!

  2. Nammi says:

    Wow what colourful way to start the year!! I feel good just looking at them!

  3. Great post for the New Year Sue! Just what I need…some healthy food!! (And some exercise!!)

  4. Alexandra says:

    A rainbow of dishes to keep our spirits up and bright for 2017! Thank you Sue, and my very best wishes for the new year!

  5. Of course you knew my glow was lacking ;) I’m about ready to make lunch, and your fattoush salad or detox soup look like exactly what I’m craving. Happy New Year, Sue!

  6. I am just soaking up all the wonderful flavours and colours here! Perfect way to start the new year. Happy New Year and can’t wait to see what 2017 brings :)

  7. Linda L. says:

    Now, let me see – how could I arrange these dishes to carry me through the first week or so of the New Year? Once you set yourself on a good path, it’s always easier to stick to it for the long haul. I’ll have to hit the grocery store first thing tomorrow!
    This is a great start to the year – hope 2017 is kind to you!

  8. Pamela LePage says:

    all the dish’s look great. Thank You for sharing them. Happy New Year to you.

  9. Such an amazing round up of not just delicious but colorful dishes. Such an amazing way to start the year. Love this collection. Thanks

  10. These all look so good, but that chimichuri shrimp has me drooling!

  11. Such a great roundup of healthy recipes. After over-indulging in December, I’m all over the clean, healthy recipes right now!

  12. Oh my gosh, this list has my tummy rumbling! What a great round-up of healthy recipes. I especially like the sound of that blood orange and thyme baked fish — YUM!

  13. cheri says:

    What a beautiful, healthy and colorful line-up. Perfect way to start a new year.

  14. What a delicious way to start the new year! I’m drooling over all these dishes and think I’ll meal prep the vegan ancient grain salad for next week when I go back to the office!

  15. I’m with Chris this morning – these are all gorgeous photos and each dish looks absolutely delicious. Let’s get this party started! Happy New Year!

  16. You got me all psyched up on this New Years morning to start eating more lean, mean and pretty! Every image is just amazing! Love your beatuiful take on fresh ingredients!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Chris, I really believe that fresh and colorful food is healthy food, here’s to a lean mean and pretty 2017 :)

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