Healthy Recipes to Start Your New Year off Right

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With a new year tends to come a new commitment to living healthier. You probably already know crash diets and short-lived juice cleanses don't work; instead, one of the best ways to change your diet is finding healthy recipes that are easy to make and—gasp—actually taste good! 

These are sure to fit the bill, and we've included options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks, so you're covered all day long.

Breakfast Egg Muffins

Who doesn't love food in muffin form? This healthy take packs in the protein to keep you full, plus includes tons of produce—we're talking tomatoes, spinach, onions and avocado. Go ahead and whip up this easy meal at the start of the week, then store in the fridge for grabbing as you walk out the door.

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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is a warm, comforting and fiber-packed breakfast option that's easy to make ahead of time and store for all-week-long use. This recipe calls for rolled oats, chopped apples and natural sweeteners like apple sauce and maple syrup.

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Honey Sesame Chicken Lunch Bowls

The secret is in the sauce with this healthy lunch option. The recipe includes chicken breast, multiple veggies and rice, so you're checking all your boxes; but it's the homemade honey sesame sauce you'll love the most. Plus, it uses simple, wholesome ingredients that are likely already in your pantry.

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Quinoa Taco Salad

Need a vegetarian lunch option? Look to this taco salad recipe that uses plant-based, protein-packed quinoa and black beans. Plus, you'll be hard pressed to find an ingredient list this simple; in addition to the quinoa and beans, all you need is avocado, bell peppers and tomatoes, plus optional cilantro, salsa and cheese for topping.

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One-Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

We're a big fan of one-pan anything, and this recipe is no exception. It's the perfect meal to have on-hand when you can't do any more chicken (hey, we've all been there). Simply chop up the sausage and five different types of veggies, season and throw in the oven for 30 minutes. Now you have a healthy meal—and only one pan to wash!

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Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp With Asparagus

Need a hot, nutritious dinner on the dinner table in only 15 minutes? Look no further. This recipe cooks fast and only requires one pan. You'll love the melt-in-your-mouth quality of the shrimp, thanks to a combination of butter and garlic seasoning. Pair with whole wheat pasta or brown rice for extra staying power.

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Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting

Don't deny your sweet tooth—find a way to work with it instead. This healthy take on brownies is avocado-based and gluten-free, and you won't find any white sugar or vegetable oils in the ingredient list. We promise the whole family will love them too!

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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sometimes you want a dessert you don't have to pre-heat the oven for—that's where these blondies come in. Made with a simple ingredient list, including coconut flour, mashed banana, peanut butter, honey, vanilla and chocolate chips, all you have to do is mix, press into a pan and call it a night!

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Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas

If you're trying to eat less processed snacks, turn to these well-seasoned and filling chickpeas. Not only do they supply the same crunch as your favorite chips, but you'll actually be meeting your protein quota as opposed to filling up on empty calories as well.

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Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites

These small bites pack in veggies, protein and whole grains for a snack that's as satisfying as it is nutritious. With only five ingredients and a 20-minute cook time, you'll be reaching for this easy snack again and again.

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