After an indulgent holiday season (and a few too many batches of Homemade Dairy Free Coconut Rum Eggnog!), I always look forward to getting back on track in January. This week, I’ve been searching my recipe archives for my healthiest seasonal recipes — and thought you may be doing the same, which prompted the idea for my 17 Healthy Recipes to Kick Start 2019 roundup! On our first grocery run since being home from our holiday celebrations, I was highly amused to find the lettuce cooler and produce aisles completely depleted at my local grocer. Hey, you’ve gotta give the people what they want, right?! Today I’ve rounded up 17 of my healthiest, freshest, plant-based recipes incorporating all the gorgeous seasonal produce available to us in early January — from breakfast through dinner!
Although I do my best to maintain my plant-based diet and fitness regime over the holidays, I firmly believe in balance — you better believe I indulged in my fair share of treats as well! As someone with dairy and gluten sensitivities, I find my digestion can easily get thrown out of whack when I’m not being as mindful while I’m eating, drink and being merry with family and friends (and that’s totally okay!). My favourite ways to kick start my metabolism and get things running smoothly again is by treating my body to lots of colourful fruits and veggies, juices and smoothies, hearty salads and bowls, plant-based entrées and simple, wholesome soups. I also aim to keep my snacking to a minimum and give the baking and the booze a rest (you won’t find any snacks, baking or cocktail recipes in this roundup). And this year, we’ve also decided to have our first dry January! If you’re in need of some fresh recipes to help fuel these first few weeks of 2019 with intention, you’ve come to the right place — pour yourself a mug of herbal tea and come peruse my all-time-favourite, nourishing winter recipes!
17 HEALTHY RECIPES TO KICK START 2019
Friends, there’s are so many delicious winter recipes to share that I’m going to jump right in! Find my favourite healthy, plant-based recipes below, categorized by categorized by meal / type for easy browsing where I’ve included a photo, summary and link to each recipe (along with a Pinterest friendly graphic at the footer for easy reference if you want to bookmark this roundup for later!). Enjoy!
One of my favourite steel cut oat recipes for this time of year, this seasonal breakfast bowl combines warming spices with my favourite seasonal superfoods. Homemade pumpkin puree (which I also share the recipe for!) subtly flavours the steel cut oats, while a splash of coconut cream adds richness and decadence. This hearty winter breakfast is a harmonious medley of textures, colours, flavours and aromas — it’s a true delight to the senses! Prep this recipe on the weekend to enjoy all week long.
SMOOTHIES & JUICES
My Tropical Zinger Green Smoothie combines all the island flavours I start to crave during the winter — creamy banana, sweet pineapple, zingy satsuma, hearty pear, bright lime, healing ginger and hydrating coconut water — plus a mega dose of nutritious spinach and omega rich chia seeds (I promise you can’t taste the spinach at all!). This tropical elixir is packed full of vitamins, potassium, iron and protein — I often make it for lunch or breakfast to help with post workout recovery and give me an energy boost to power through the rest of my day. It’s also a great way to persuade your littles to eat their fruits and vegetables! Whip up a Tropical Zinger Green Smoothie anytime you’re craving a taste of the tropics — it’s refreshing, revitalizing and reminiscent of a super charged pinã colada (no white sandy beach required!).
My Pantone Inspired Banana Walnut Green Smoothie Bowl is packed with plant based protein (read: no prepackaged protein powder necessary!) thanks to a healthy dose of walnuts and a protein rich nut milk. This bowl’s vibrant green hue is courtesy of tender baby spinach — with a natural, creamy sweetness thanks to bananas, powerhouse medjool dates and fresh vanilla bean. It seriously tastes like dessert, but you can eat it for breakfast!
Now, here’s a major throwback — to the very first post I ever published here at JustineCelina, back when I took all my photos on my iPhone in square format! While my styling, photography and writing has definitely come a long way over the almost 4 years I’ve been blogging, I can assure you this recipe is absolutely delicious and one we still enjoy. My Super C Hibiscus Berry Smoothie is actually inspired by an authentic, Oaxacan Agua de Jamaica recipe I discovered during our last trip to Mexico. Infused with flowering hibiscus tea and lots of fresh, tart, citrus flavour, this pink powerhouse helps aid digestion — which I can definitely use some help with post-holiday! It’s also good for your heart, blood pressure, circulation and it’s a powerful cold-fighter thanks to a mega-dose of antioxidants.
My Blushing Beet Juice incorporates seasonal produce like beets, oranges and grapefruit with ingredients that I don’t normally juice, like strawberries (which have been looking particularly delicious lately, even though they’re not in season). The result is a perfectly sweet, balanced pink juice, packed full of amazing, heart healthy ingredients. Enjoy this vibrant pink juice for love month — the recipe makes enough for two generous servings, and you can also freeze it to make your own popsicles (kids love them!). Have some fun in the kitchen this winter and shake up your juicing menu!
My all-time-favourite juice recipe and the first one I published here at JustineCelina! Sometimes simple really is best. Enjoy this little bit of sunshine in a glass whenever you need a quick dose of vitamins and antioxidants to cleanse your digestive system and rev up your metabolism, or you have a ton of apples to use up.
My Citrus Season Elixir is an ode to one of my favourite times of year for produce — January’s bountiful citrus season! During our Canadian winters, I’m absolutely crazy about all things citrus. This refreshing glass of liquid sunshine combines blood oranges, red grapefruit, lemons, carrots, apples and ginger to create a powerhouse elixir — brimming with a mega dose of vitamins, antioxidants and anti aging ingredients. Enjoy my ultra refreshing Citrus Season Elixir to help replenish your body post workout, or anytime you need a colourful pick-me-up this winter!
Another very early recipe here at JustineCelina (note the square iPhone photos!) that still remains my go-to green juice. There are so many reason why I love this recipe — and why I think you will too. First, it’s quick to make and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. It’s a perfect on-the-go option when I’m busy.It’s full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and complete protein (did you know when celery and cucumber combine, they form a complete protein!). When I drink it consistently my skin is more radiant (seriously!). And last but certainly not least, it’s absolutely delicious!
This is the ultimate throw-everything-in-the-pot-and-forget-about-it recipe featuring pantry staples, seasonal produce and minimal effort! Hearty winter squash, brown rice, protein packed black beans, bright cherry tomatoes, sweet orange peppers, yellow onion, garlic and a mosaic of spices infuse a tomato and vegetable stock base with feisty mexican flavour. My Vegan Slow Cooker Soup with Winter Squash is an ultra clean, ultra comforting meal perfect to help you get back on track after the holidays!
A luxurious, sophisticated twist on a cold weather classic and a more recent addition to my recipe archives! With just 10 ingredients, this creamy bowl of vegan comfort is a breeze to whip up and makes a great light lunch or accompaniment to dinner. You can skip the white truffle oil this recipe calls for it’s you’re not a truffle fan, but if you are, I also share my favourite source for incredible quality, affordable white truffle oil!
SALADS & BOWLS
My New Year Detox Salad with Pink Tahini Dressing is overflowing with ultra-clean, nourishing ingredients, antioxidants, and tons of plant-based protein to help keep your new year health and nutrition goals on track. Oh, and the dressing is bright pink! In this recipe, I show you how to make a gorgeous (and delicious) Pink Tahini Dressing, with all natural ingredients. This fresh, fun and colourful spin on winter produce is a January favourite in my kitchen!
Kale is still in season in January — so if your body is screaming for greens, my Vegan Kale Salad with Gluten Free Croutons is a classic. This nutritious, protein packed, plant based spin on a classic eats like a meal — and I promise no one will know it’s vegan (in a blind taste test, it was praised by meat eaters!). There’s no marinating or planning ahead and it can be on your table in 15 minutes.
If you’re craving some fresh thai flavours, my Tangled Thai Salad is a simple, healthy salad overflowing with veggies and plant-based protein (including the best Ginger Peanut Sauce, ever). I love to make a big salad for dinner when I feel like I need a some extra nourishment Calgary winters always leaves me craving come colour! I also share my tips for making your salad look pretty when you’re serving it as a main course — because we eat with our eyes first, right?!
My delicious Roasted Purple Cauliflower with Red Pepper Romesco is a breeze to whip up, packed full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and plant-based protein — a great lighter entree option for winter. This unconventional main is extremely colourful, inexpensive, ultra clean and nourishing with a gourmet flair and simultaneously light yet hearty! It’s a simple recipe with minimal ingredients that packs a big wow factor that will be on your table in less than an hour. It’s completely Wild Rose D-Tox friendly was also featured on Purewow!
In the winter especially, plant based curries are a staple in our kitchen — and my Curried Winter Vegetables with Roasted Acorn Squash is healthy comfort food at it’s finest! A medley of onions, garlic and ginger are caramelized, then accompanied by a flavourful trio of carrots, peppers and celery simmered in a decadent, tomato based curry sauce dancing with rich Indian spices and just the right amount of heat. Roasted Acorn Squash houses the Curried Winter Vegetables in a nourishing, edible bowl — a playful, hearty spin on typical bread-based options. This recipe yields a generous amount of curry that freezes well, so you can stock the freezer with healthy options to help fuel January’s resolutions when you’re running short on time!
My Carrot Cashew Zoodles with Crispy Sesame Tofu is an ultra-light, ultra-fresh stirfry brimming with clean, plant-based protein. If you’re craving something fresh, colourful and satisfying, you’ll love this recipe! I’d been experimenting a lot with cooked carrots in smoothies and sauces when I developed this recipe — and I have to say this Creamy Carrot Sauce is to die for! It’s smooth and decadent, and takes on Asian-inspired flavours so well. Paired with a veggie stir-fry atop a bed of zoodles, sprinkled with Crispy Sesame Tofu and toasted cashews, this is a perfectly balanced dish — which is one of my favourite things about Asian flavour profiles! There’s a healthy mix of freshness, acidity, sweetness and spice, with a touch of richness here. This stir-fry makes a beautiful, light winter dinner! It’s also been featured on Brit + Co and The Feed Feed.
Without fail, this recipe makes it into our weekly rotation (even when sweet potatoes aren’t in season!). It’s also one of your favourites and my most featured. These sweet potato fries are infused with fresh thyme and oven roasted — they come out crisp on the outside and soft and velvety on the inside. Topped off with my Lemon Tahini Sauce (you’ll want to drizzle it on everything!) and pepitas, this is a bright, plant based spin on traditional loaded fries.
PIN MY 17 HEALTHY RECIPES TO KICK START 2019
Thanks for stopping by to check out my favourite healthy recipes to help me get back on track after the holidays! I’m off to get a workout in and whip up my Citrus Season Elixir. January is my absolute favourite month for citrus here in Canada — I’ve been eating so many satsumas!
As always, if you try one of my recipes, please let me know how you liked it — I absolutely love your feedback! Leave me a comment, or tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I’d love you to hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them — browsing my feed and stumbling on your beautiful recreations is one of my favourite feelings! I also have a Pinterest board for my recipes if you’re looking for more healthy, plant based recipes. I have lots more healthy, plant based recipes coming your way in 2019 and I can’t wait to share them with you. Here’s to fueling our bodies with nourishing food that makes us feel amazing!
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