Did you make a New Year’s resolution to eat more healthily? Well we have just the thing to get you going with this roundup of 17 healthy foods to start the New Year right.
The new year is here, so now is the time to start on that resolution. Commit to eating more healthily and work off some of that festive cheer with some exercise.
We have put together 17 healthy foods covering breakfasts, appetizers and salads, entrees (mains), sides as well as 2 items you should always have on hand.
Within the list below the country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country we have featured on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends.
Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork. You can find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork include: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Uruguay, both Melbourne and Tasmania (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus, Cambodia and Laos, Bulgaria, USA and Uruguay.
Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the Compass & Fork shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)
So without further ado here are our 17 healthy foods to start the New Year right.
Breakfast: 17 Healthy Foods to Start the New Year Right
Many experts claim breakfast is the most important start of the day. Here are 3 of our favorites.
Healthy Avocado Smash for Breakfast | Australia
Avocado smash has been popular in Australia for many years. Click on the link or the picture to find out why and to discover great cafes to enjoy a breakfast in Melbourne.
Healthy Pomegranate Breakfast | Turkey
We found pomegranates (a super food) everywhere in Turkey. Click on the link or the picture to discover all of the health benefits of the 4 ingredients which make up this refreshing breakfast.
No matter where we are in the world, this is our go to breakfast. Find out how to make home made muesli (a healthier version of granola). Add a dollop of yogurt and some poached rhubarb and you have a brilliantly, healthy breakfast.
Appetizers & Salads: 17 Healthy Foods to Start the New Year Right
Turkish Meze Platter | Turkey
Looking for some healthy appetizers? Just look at those vibrant colors. Find out about real Turkish meze and make these carrot, red bell pepper, beet and mixed olive salad. Impress your friends.
Not strictly from Uruguay, but a salad we often made to accompany the brilliant steaks available in this wonderfully friendly country. Goats cheese, beets, walnuts? How can you go wrong?
This is our version of Greek salad (called village salad on the Greek Islands). Feta cheese, with fresh salad vegetables, olives and a healthy dressing. Read more about island life in Greece as well as the joys of eating in a taverna.
Ceviche is the pride and joy of South America and with good reason. Fresh fish “cooked” in citrus with a few healthy trimmings provides a refreshing and light appetizer.
Turkish Warm Lentil Salad Recipe | Turkey
Of all the places we have visited, we think Turkey has the healthiest diet. And just look at the vibrant colors in this warm and somewhat filling salad.
Entrees (Mains): 17 Healthy Foods to Start the New Year Right
Blue Corn Fish Tacos | USA
Learn how to make blue corn tacos, tomatillo chipotle salsa and how to put it altogether to make these delicious blue corn fish tacos. The trimmings include avocado, corn and cilantro (coriander).
Who would have thought that cabbage tastes this good. The meat stuffing is divine and here is a dish which is filling. Just perfect for the winter months.
Baked beans are found throughout the world. This vegetarian dish is hearty, filling, easy on the pocket and another great dish for winter.
This dish from the bottom of South America features a red bell pepper, tomato and leek-based sauce. It pairs perfectly with thick fish fillets.
Sides (Veggies): 17 Healthy Foods to Start the New Year Right
Just a couple of minutes to cook fresh, young asparagus in the oven with just a dash of olive oil and garlic. Could it be any simpler?
Another of our go to dishes when we feel the need to increase our veggie intake. You can basically use whatever fresh vegetables are available to make this healthy, popular dish.
Learn about the strong, German influence in Cincinnati as well as how to make real, fermented sauerkraut. It’s healthier than store bought and cheap to make.
Foods to Always Have on Hand: 17 Healthy Foods to Start the New Year Right
How to Make Labna Cheese From Yogurt | Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey
Do you know what labna is? Find out about the magic of yogurt and how you can easily make a much thicker version of it. Great to just have in the refrigerator, it can be added to a healthy breakfast or used in healthy dips.
Roasted chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are sold on almost every street corner in Turkey. Forget the potato chips/crisps and try these instead.