with 11 Delicious Plant-based Recipes

New Year’s Resolutions

I took advantage of the fresh start January provides. I created my list — and half way through January — I’m still on track. Wohoo…so far so good!

Have you set any New Year’s resolutions for yourself? If not — hey — it’s still January. It’s not too late. Actually, it’s never too late to take those first steps to pursuing your goals and dreams.

Steps for Success

1) Set your intention — consider what it is you are resolving to do- what you dream about accomplishing

2) Take note of your goals — grab a piece of paper, or journal, or calendar or computer and write down your intentions — get artistic and scribble away if that’s your thing.

3) Make a vow to yourself: “I will take small steps towards achieving my goals each day”

4) Find a source of inspiration — look to someone whose motivation and perseverance will fuel your own. Someone whose grit and determination inspires you and reminds you that we can do difficult things. These days, I’m blown away by this amazing athlete, Chris Nikic.

He set the intention of getting 1% better daily and achieved his goal of competing in and finishing an Iron Man competition. He was the first athlete with Down’s Syndrome to do so. This is no easy task for any athlete — especially one with special needs. I write about my husband’s grueling and inspiring (for me) experience competing in an Iron Man here.

List Topper: Healthy Eating

Experts Agree

Minimally Processed Plant Foods

A well balanced diet of minimally processed plant foods is rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, protein, dietary fiber, calcium and iron. It’s also relatively low in saturated fat and doesn’t contain any cholesterol. All of these factors are consistent with minimizing risk for many diet related diseases

Tips for Eating More Plants

Here are four simple ways, to fuel your start. They will help you add nutritious, health promoting dishes to your diet. They will set you on your way to taking small steps to healthier eating.

Four ways to Kick-start Healthy Eating and Plant- Power your Diet

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1. Replace a processed snack food with these healthier, dietary-fiber rich, nutrient-dense yummy options

simple oil-free hummus with carrots, celery and/or cucumbers

no bake gluten free brownies

Peanut Butter Date Bites

2. Choose satisfying and heart healthy, and Omega-3 rich Oatmeal and Flax Seed for breakfast

Two-minute Oatmeal Bowl

Creamy Banana Oatmeal Bowl

3. Opt for these protein and antioxidant rich delicious tofu, tempeh or bean dishes

Spicy Asian Salad with the Best Crispy Tofu

Ginger Miso Soup with Bok Choy and Tofu

Red Lentil and Spinach Dahl

Sweet Potato and Tempeh Wraps

4. Swap the dairy cheese on your salad for these crunchy and delicious mineral-rich nuts and seeds options

Crunchy Spicy Nuts and Seeds

Cashew Parmesan

I’m wishing you a wonderful, healthy and happy New Year. For more tips and recipe ideas that will help support your healthy eating goals, follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my newsletter on my website Beantown Kitchen.

Diana Goldman is a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Plant-based Nutrition Educator who received a B.S. from Cornell University in Nutritional Science and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She loves teaching healthy cooking classes, sharing recipe videos on her Beantown Kitchen YouTube Channel and sharing information about the joy, peace of mind, palate pleasure, and health benefits that come from a plant-based lifestyle. Sign up to receive a free Healthy Vegan Made Easy ebook on her website Beantown Kitchen.

Diana Goldman is a plant-based chef and lifestyle coach who received a B.S. from Cornell University in Nutritional Science and an Ed.M. from Harvard.