Bereshis and New Beginnings: Healthy All-Day Recipes

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The new year starts on Rosh Hashana, the slate is wiped clean on Yom Kippur, and the Torah reading cycle starts anew on Simchas Torah.  And what begins the Monday after the holidays of Tishrei come to a close?  My new diet, that's what.  Eating healthy on a holiday or weekday is often times a lot easier said than done, especially when one considers the other priorities that take precedence.  I find that when I call it a "diet" I usually end up gaining weight because I'm always saying "diet starts tomorrow… or after ____ treat".  Instead, I find that it's much more sustainable to focus on eating healthier rather than restricting oneself.  Below are 40 healthy dishes (even dessert!) for each meal of the day.  Hatzlacha!

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Start the day right with power-packed punch of protein, carbs and healthy fats.  If you're up to it, (not sure if I even am), try a smoothie filled with veggies and fruits to help get those necessary nutrients in early.

Oatmeal Protein Cupcakes

Healthy Green Smoothie

Roasted Grape Breakfast Farro

Soft Boiled Eggs on Toast

Benedict Goes to Norway (substitute with whole wheat, sourdough or gluten-free bread)

Granola

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Cinnamon Blueberry Buckwheat Chia Muffins

Thai Chicken Salad

At lunch I'm always faced with the tough decision of having a large lunch or instead having a large dinner.  I tend to lean towards the former and eat a heavier lunch, limiting myself to a small dinner. Whatever you prefer, the lunch recipes below work great paired up (1/2 sandwich + soup and/or salad) or as larger stand-alone portions.

Tomato Soup with Egg in a Hole

Marinated Vegetable Salad

Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup

Teriyaki Beef Banh Mi with Sesame Cucumber Salad

Wild Rice Chicken Soup

Arugula Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette

Grilled Herbed Veggie Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Mango Salad

Smoked Salmon Olive and Wild Rice Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

diy root veg chips

The nerve-enducing afternoon snack doesn't have to wreck a good day of eating.  Try drinking a large glass of water and moving a bit before you snack to reduce fake hunger inducing factors such as dehydration and tension.

Maple Roasted Smoky Almonds

Baked Root Vegetable Chips with Babaganoush

Kale and Popcorn Medley

Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

Whole Wheat Mozzarella and Chive Cheez-Its

Chickpea Snack (try it with za'atar!)

fish tacos

After a long day treat yourself to a healthy, satisfying dinner followed by a sweet dessert.

Fish Tacos

Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Blue Marble Quiche

Sautéed Chicken With Leeks, Carrots, Parsnips and Mushrooms

Fresh Carrot and Corn Soup

Mushroom Chow Fun (small portion!)

Bahn Mi Salmon Burger

Black Bean Yellow Pepper and Cumin Chili

Turkey Veggie Meatballs with Panko Crust

Fresh Fig, Carrot, Fennel and Kale Salad

Fall Harvest Soup

Smoked Salmon Waldorf Salad

Apple Compote

Mint Chocolate and Lavender Popcorn

Almond Olive Oil Cake

No-Bake Chocolate Cappuccino Brownies

Banana Chocolate Oatmeal Muffin Top Cookies

See more healthy recipes here!

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