Even though it’s still cold outside, the beginning of March signifies the beginning of springtime. Spring is often associated with the color green, a fresh feeling and a brand new start. With that being said, it’s fitting that March also marks the start of National Nutrition Month, since nutrition is often associated with the same things.
If you resolved to stay healthy in 2014 and your New Year’s resolution fell apart in January, now is the time to pick up the pieces and try it again. To help you accomplish this, FaveHealthyRecipes.com has provided a list of nine easy healthy recipes for you to try during National Nutrition Month. We’ve separated the categories into salads, main courses and desserts, so you have a lot of options to easily prepare a nutritious three-course meal.
A lot of fruits and vegetables are starting to come back in season during the spring, which makes this a perfect time to start your health kick again. These recipes are delicious, simple to prepare and bound to bring some much-needed freshness to your diet.
National Nutrition Month Salads
Chicken Salad (pictured above, left): If you’re looking for easy healthy recipes with a little more zip than your traditional garden salad, Good Dinner Mom prepared a delicious recipe for Chicken Salad. The celery and lettuce add crispiness and crunch to the texture, and the seedless red grapes give it a juicy, refreshing taste.
Fresh Taco Salad (pictured above, center): This easy-to-make salad is filled with Mexican-inspired flavors. It’s loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings (like lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese), and includes toppings your might not have thought of (such as avocados and olives).
Slim Down Lemon Salad (pictured above, right): This is a light and easy weeknight meal to enjoy during National Nutrition Month. It is a powerhouse of health, as it combines asparagus, tomatoes, couscous and lemon, which turns out to be very nice for your waistline.
Easy Healthy Recipes for Dinner
Healthier Cheese & Sausage Pizza (pictured above, left): Do you love pizza but wish there was a healthier way to eat it? Well, you’re in luck. Healthier Cheese & Sausage Pizza gives you the comforting flavor that you love so much about pizza, but also provides key nutrients from a fresh kale topping.
Smart Spaghetti and Meatballs with Tomato Sauce (pictured above, center): You can continue enjoying your favorite meals and staying healthy during National Nutrition Month by simply swapping a few ingredients. Smart Spaghetti and Meatballs with Tomato Sauce uses ground turkey instead of ground beef, whole wheat breadcrumbs instead of regular, and adds walnuts to give this meal more crunch and flavor.
Healthy Chicken Waldorf Pitas (pictured above, right): Instead of mayonnaise, Healthy Chicken Waldorf Pitas use a creamy, curried yogurt sauce, which has a sweet, tangy taste and fewer calories. Green apples, celery and sliced almonds also add delicious crunch to this meal.
Easy Healthy Recipes for Dessert
Skinny Ice Cream Sundae (pictured above, left): Skinny Ice Cream Sundae from Deliciously Sprinkled uses frozen bananas instead of ice cream, which is not only healthier, but also gives this delicious frozen treat a fruity, sweet flavor. To jazz up this dessert, top it with your favorite berries, nuts and rainbow sprinkles.
Skinny Pina Colada Poke Cake (pictured above, center): If you’re not able to jet off to the tropics during National Nutrition Month, bring the tropics to you with Skinny Pina Colada Poke Cake. This scrumptious coconut pineapple treat is light, fluffy and easy to make.
Orange Sherbet Jell-O (pictured above, right): This fluffy, low-fat dessert requires very little work, and is a great way to sneak some fruit in your kids’ diet plans. It’s best served with delicious, juicy mandarin oranges.
What are some easy healthy recipes you’re going to try to kick off National Nutrition Month?