The beginning of the year is all about clean eating, healthy diets, and New Year’s resolutions.  Here are my top 10 healthy alternatives to classic favorites.  Whether it’s incorporating black beans for extra fiber and nutrients in chocolate brownies or swapping in zucchini noodles for pasta, I hope these recipes inspire you to put healthy twists on your favorite dishes!

Vegan-Gluten-Free-Black-Bean-Brownies1. Black Bean Brownies

Brownies are such a rich and decadent treat.  There is no guilt associated with these black bean brownies by Dana of Minimalist Baker.  Not only are they loaded with fiber, but they’re also vegan and gluten-free!


2. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Mayonnaise makes a chicken salad creamy and delicious, however it also adds a ton of fat.  Why not swap in Greek yogurt?  Brandon of The Yummy Bits  has this tasty looking chicken salad with greek yogurt.  Substituting yogurt instead of mayo not only decreases calories but it also increases protein content!

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3. Kale Chips

I have a salty snack addiction.  Don’t ever leave me with a bag of potato chips.  Next time I have a snack craving I’m making a batch of these crispy kale chips.  Kale is low in calories and full of vitamins and antioxidants.  It’s a staple at The Chic office!


4. Zucchini Noodles

I eat pasta like I’m carb loading for a marathon.  It’s time to swap in some veggies instead.  I’m starting with this sesame crusted tuna and avocado with spicy sesame zucchini noodles by Ali of Inspiralized. Zucchini noodles is also a nice alternative to your favorite spaghetti and meatballs dish!


5. Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Cheesecake for breakfast?  Yes, please!  Jullie Anne of Mangoes and Palm Trees makes this incredible almond butter-Greek yogurt cheesecake with coconut granola crust that’s healthy enough to eat first thing in the morning.  Plus its a no-bake filling!


6. Turkey Chili

Ground turkey is a lighter and leaner alternative to ground beef.  Marie of Not Enough Cinnamon makes chili super easy with her 20 minute turkey chili.  20 minutes for a hearty bowl of chili?  Deal.  This would be a great lunch to pack for the office.

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7. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

For a while I’ve been hearing about combining chocolate and avocado.  I’ve been hesitant to try it, but I’m finally sold with this chocolate avocado chia pudding by Mike of The Iron in You.  This pudding is raw, vegan and paleo friendly.  It’s sure to convert any skeptics.


8. Lettuce Wrap Tacos

Erica of Coffee & Quinoa has the right idea!  Why waste calories on tortillas?  These black bean lettuce wrap tacos with mango avocado salsa are lower in carbs and are fresh like a salad.


9.  Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah“) is a great rice alternative.  Often dubbed a superfood, it is a good source of protein, dietary fiber and calcium.  It’s gluten-free and easy to digest.  I’m really loving this chicken and quinoa bowl with veggies by Ingrid of The Cozy Apron.  This looks a lot healthier than my usual teriyaki chicken rice bowl lunches.


10. Buffalo Cauliflower

With football in full swing, party foods and appetizers take up a large portion of my weekend diet.  Instead of filling up on fried chicken wings, try making this Buffalo cauliflower dish!  Its a tastier and lighter choice.  Plus, its a nice way to add more vegetables into your diet!