Heart-Healthy Recipes to Start Your New Year

January 4, 2023

Heart-Healthy Recipes to Start Your New Year

The new year has become synonymous with a new start, so what better time to introduce some delicious and healthy recipes? There is nothing more motivating than a clean slate! It makes it a little easier to take on healthier habits, like eating more heart-healthy foods. To help you jump-start these new habits, we have put together some delicious entrees, side dishes, and even desserts, with ingredients that help keep your body in tip-top shape!

Vietnamese-Style Lettuce Wraps with Shrimp, Avocados, and Mango

lettuce wrap with shrimp vegetables and mango

Have you heard that your meals should be full of different colors? With sweet mangos, crunchy radishes, and creamy avocado, these lettuce wraps have you covered! This fresh, bright recipe is a quick and easy lunch or dinner for the whole family. Check out the recipe here!

Sriracha-Glazed Chicken with Paprika Butternut Squash

chicken on butternut squash on a plate

Winter is a great time to enjoy this warm spicy dish. Sriracha makes the chicken flavorful, and seasonal squash with a maple balsamic glaze balances out the heat. Plus, when you add tortillas and a little feta cheese to the leftovers, you have an easy lunch for work the next day. Check it out here.

Slow-Cooked Pot Roast

pot roast with potatoes and carrots

Making healthier choices doesn’t mean you have to give up comfort food. Roasts are a good source of iron, while potatoes (specifically the skins) are full of essential vitamins and antioxidants. This recipe is great for chillier winter nights!

Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

chicken with peas and carrots on a plate

The creamy mushroom sauce makes a great winter addition to chicken. Pair with other seasonal vegetables, like snap peas and carrots, for a fresh dinner. Looking to add some heart-healthy carbs and fiber? Try adding a bed of brown rice or quinoa. Find the recipe here!

Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples

pan of baked sweet potatoes and apples

This warm and slightly spicy dish is a great side or even a nutrient-rich dessert! Gala apples and sweet potatoes give a natural sweetness, complemented with some ground cinnamon. Baking makes them gooey and tender, a great addition to your recipe book. Find it here.

Blackberry Cobbler

blackberry cobbler in a pan

Nutrient-dense blackberries are the stars of this delish baked dessert. The cobbler also substitutes cream for greek yogurt, giving it a great tang. Pro-Tip: look for dark-colored plump berries for the best results! Find the recipe here.

Making healthier choices and adding some exercise, like walking, as recommended by the American Heart Association, to your routine is a great way to start out the new year. River Islands offers plenty of great ways to get those steps in, from beautiful parks and basketball courts to the miles-long trail system. We will be sharing more tips for staying healthy this month, so be sure to follow our socials and don’t miss out!


January 4, 2023



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