ACTIVE Best of 2015: Recipes
We experimented with kale, smoothies and quinoa—all in an effort to bring you food that not only tastes good, but is also good for you. Yes, we concocted, cooked and even curried sometimes. Some recipes were big hits; others may have been ahead of their time.
Here are the best recipes of 2015.
Best Breakfast – Sweet Potato Hash1 of 7
A single sweet potato packs more than 80 grams of carbs, making it foolproof fuel for whatever the day might throw at you. This simple recipe can be made in just 20 minutes and features mushrooms, kale and ghee.
If ghee is not your thing or you're a meat lover, feel free to mix things up by adding your favorite ingredients. Our recommendation: top with the optional egg, because everything tastes better with an egg on top.
Best Snack – Sweet and Spicy Pecans2 of 7
Spicy food continued to be a growing trend in 2015. And while you can buy chips and chocolate bars with added chilies in your grocery store, making your own gives you more freedom to control flavor and spice level.
These pecans are spiced with cayenne pepper, salt and dried rosemary. Pack these nuts for a quick snack on the go or use them as a topper for your favorite salad.
Best Lunch – Mexican Quinoa Bowl3 of 7
A variation on the breakfast bowl, this meal is loaded with protein. The vegetarian dish is filled with black beans, quinoa, roasted tomatoes, jalapeños, lemon and avocado.
Quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods and contains all nine essential amino acids. It's a great rice substitute, as it's loaded with fiber, magnesium and iron. The quinoa and the protein-rich black beans make this an ideal recovery meal.
Best Drink – Pineapple Mint Berry4 of 7
This drink recipe uses the juice from pineapples, pears and raspberries as the base for a fruity cocktail. Mixed with two ounces of vodka and garnished with mint, it's both light and fresh. Juicing for your own cocktails is the best way to ensure your drink isn't loaded with all the extra sugars traditionally found in drinks from your local bar.
Best Dinner – Melissa's Stove Top Fajitas5 of 7
Who doesn't love when the sizzling fajita skillet makes its way to your table at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Take this recipe from the restaurant to your home with this stovetop version. Made with lean chicken breasts and tons of fresh veggies, these fajitas are lighter than classic options.
Best Dessert – Chocolate Walnut Tart with Raspberries6 of 7
Everyone loves chocolate. And if you're looking for healthy recipes with a sweet touch, chocolate is one of the best ways to go. The cacao found in chocolate is ripe with flavonoids and theobromine, which are filled with health benefits.
This recipe is dairy and sugar free, and uses almond flour instead of all-purpose, giving it all the benefits of eating chocolate without the added fat and sugar typically found in desserts.