Springtime is here!
Mother Nature has so much to offer as the days get longer and plants get greener. This is an excellent time to recommit to healthy, fresh food and experiment with different flavors in your kitchen.
It’s also a great time to refresh your meal repertoire with bright and delicious no-cook or low-cook foods. Double or triple any of these recipes to have easy go-to’s all week long.
Here are 10 of my favorite healthy spring recipes that I know you’ll love too.
1. No-Bake Raw Vegan Raspberry “Cheesecake”
I’m in love with this healthy dessert! I’m calling it a cheesecake because it looks like one, but it doesn’t contain any unhealthy or processed ingredients. It’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and absolutely delicious. If you’re into leading a no-deprivation-required healthy lifestyle, then this one’s for you.
2. Superfood Curry Quinoa Salad
It’s loosely based off of Ina Garten’s Curry Couscous salad (LOVE The Barefoot Contessa) but this one uses quinoa instead of couscous to up the protein, fiber and all around nutrition. Couscous is actually a gluten-containing pasta and is pretty void of any nutrients. Quinoa, on the other hand, is full of good nutrition; the rest of the ingredients in this Curry Quinoa Salad are good for you, too.
3. Beauty Avocado Toast
This Beauty Avocado Toast is too pretty to not share. Not only is it beautiful, it’s healthy, delicious and simple to make!
Avocado is full of healthy fats, fiber and nutrients that your hair, skin, and nails love. Watermelon radish is another beauty food superstar full of fiber, hydration and minerals. Hemp seeds add fantastic texture and protein plus another dose of good fats, in particular omega-3’s.
4. Spring Chili Soup With Zucchini & Carrot Noodles
This soup has a wonderful chili flavor without the heaviness of most traditional chilis. It’s flexible, and it feeds an army. Throw in any extra veggies you want to use up, too. I added in an extra can of rinsed garbanzo beans and some leftover chopped kale plus a spiralized zucchini and a spiralized carrot.
5. Health Coach Cobb Salad
I am totally obsessed with this salad right now. It’s a great big healthy delicious party-in-your-mouth.
Most Cobb Salads are topped with processed deli meats (hello excess sodium and preservatives), bacon (delicious, but not good for you), and dairy like blue cheese and ranch. My version is way better for you and I have to say, I think actually tastes better, too.
6. Easy Chia Seed Jam Recipe
Chia seed jam seems too good to be true, but it’s real!
You can make this chia seed jam with just about any fruit—I’ve found that berries (fresh or frozen both work great) or pitted stone fruit work best.
7. Fresh Healthy Homemade Salsa
This classic recipe never goes out of style; it will become a staple in your refrigerator if you’re not already making it. Plus, it’s so much better than any prepackaged salsa that’s been sitting on a shelf for who knows how long.
8. Beautiful Spring Hummus Plate
There’s nothing worse on a party buffet than a sad hummus plate. Watery hummus with some plain veggie sticks doesn’t make for the most appetizing of snacks. Lucky for us spring veggie season is here. Over the past few years more interesting items like jicama and watermelon radishes have become more available in mainstream grocery stores.
9. Spicy Black Bean Buddha Bowl
If you’ve never tried a Buddha Bowl, then you’re going to be so happy you found this recipe. A Buddha Bowl is essentially a big bowl of delicious whole/nourishing foods. Urban Dictionary calls it:
(n). a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha.
This style of eating is really flexible and gives you a ton of options. It’s also a great way to use up leftovers, think rice, beans, lentils, lean meats and veggies.
10. Berry Smoothie Bowl
Turning your everyday smoothie into a healthy smoothie bowl is a great way to shake up your smoothie routine. Better yet, show off your healthy recipe skills and make one for a friend or significant other. They’ll be so impressed.