January 2018 Clean & Easy Meal Plan

After the holidays I’m ready to shed a few holiday pounds. Do you know what I mean? No matter how hard I try, the holidays always seem to sabotage my healthy habits of diet, exercise, and sleep, so after the dust settles and the last of the Christmas decorations are boxed up, I’m ready to get back on track. 

So, if you too have fallen prey to the Christmas candy, cookies, and treats, then January is the perfect month to reclaim your health, to start afresh, or to cultivate new habits.

One goal I have each year is to eat more fruits and vegetables and less sugar and processed foods. To achieve my goal this year my aim is to try one new fruit or veggie each month based on what is in season. So if zucchini is growing and on sale, then I will buy a lot of zucchini and find 4 or 5 different recipes to prepare it.

Because January is a cold, dark month, very few things are growing above ground. Mostly you will find root vegetables like potatoes, onions, and leeks; citrus fruits; and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale. 

What’s in Season in January

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Grapefruit
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Parsnips
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash (Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Spaghetti Squash)

The January Meal Plan (link below) is chock full of these seasonal fruits and vegetables. Many of these dishes are family favorites, but there are also some new recipes because I like to experiment in the kitchen. However, I’ve tried to find child-friendly, easy-to-make dishes. I hope you will find a new food to experiment with in the kitchen this month that may become a family favorite.

This month I’m planning to try some new recipes using beets. Beets are a good source of carotenoids, lutein, fiber, Vitamin C, magnesium, iron, and copper. They are known to prevent skin, colon, and lung cancers; reduce cholesterol and improve heart and liver health; prevent respiratory problems and cataracts; and act as a natural aphrodisiac. 

Here are a few beet recipes from the January Meal Plan:

Get back to clean, healthy eating this month with my January Meal Plan. Try out a new fruit or veggie, and reclaim your health!

January 2018 Meal Plan

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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