Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially when you fall off the wagon during the holidays. Let the New Year be the time to start cooking healthy dishes for your family. To help you get into the kitchen, TLK asked some professional chefs for their words of advice. Christine Avanti, celebrity nutritionist, says that now is the time to act: “People are more motivated because they are coming out of the holiday season of overindulging foods.” For Oscar del Rivero, executive chef at Jaguar Ceviche Spoon and Latam Grill, it’s all about staying creative. “My advice is to work to find a balance in your mix of ingredients,” Rivero said.
To help you get started, we’ve pulled together a delish list of healthy recipes, from snacks to entrees, to after-dinner drinks that will keep you healthy and satisfied. And click here for a bonus video and recipe: a lean, mean, green kale smoothie! Time to get cooking!
"The Skinni Margarita is a better choice than a traditional margarita because of its fresh ingredients,” says Cathy Shyne, executive chef at Tortilla Republic. “By mixing and squeezing a whole lime and fresh agave nectar with Corzo Blanco tequila and Cointreau, you get a fresh taste thats makes you feel like you are sipping a true margarita from Mexico, not a prepackaged artificial beverage.”
"These Tacos de Jicama are served inside sliced jicama, a crunchy root vegetable, high in vitamin C and fiber and low in calorie,” says Cathy Shyne, executive chef at Tortilla Republic. “The combination of shrimp, tomatoes, avocados, and onions is delicious and hearty, so you'll feel full without consuming naked calories.”
“My love for cooking comes from the best chef I know – my mom!” says Reyna, the half-Puerto Rican star of KickinKitchen.TV. “One of her favorite recipes is a chorizo frittata that my abuela taught her how to make when I was a little girl. As I started to cook more, I became aware of bad fats and good fats, and the Veggie Frittata was born!"
“Since introducing the vegan menu in Hussong’s Cantina, the vegan chile relleno has become one of the best sellers,” says Noe Alcala, executive chef at Hussong's Cantina in Las Vegas. “What makes this a delicious vegan dish? The use of the Gardein brand choice of chicken strips or beefless tips sautéed in galic, tomato, onion, carrot and potato, then topped with a Daiya vegan cheese.”
“Cactus is a great source of vitamins and is packed with iron and no fat; this makes it a more substantial base for a salad that is satisfying and delicious,” says Oscar del Rivero, executive chef at Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latam Grill in Miami.
The authentic Latin flavors of tomatillos, jalapeños, and panela cheese make this recipe a delicious, unique twist on traditional lasagna. It’s creamy and rich without a lot of heavy, high-fat ingredients and the shrimp adds lean protein.