A new decade is upon us. Full of new possibilities to explore, new experiences to enjoy—and perhaps some new pounds to lose! In 2019, the three most popular New Year’s resolutions were to diet or work on healthy meal planning, exercise more, and lose weight. And given the filler- and preservative-laden junk crowding every supermarket aisle, there’s no reason to think that trend will slow.
So what’s the best path to health and weight loss success? Is it more hours on the elliptical? Perhaps setting up meal plan ideas? Well, it’s a bit of both, but the truth is that your clean meal plans are a far larger part of your weight loss than exercise is. Consistent dieting and healthy meal recipes account for nearly 75% of your weight-loss results, with exercise clocking in only 25%!
With that in mind, you can certainly slave away on the Stairmaster, but what you really need is to be working on healthy meal recipes and planning! It can be daunting at first, with all the options and plans vying for your attention, but we have a rather simple approach to your clean meal plan that’s both delicious and nutritious.
Healthy Meal Planning Using Superfoods
The easiest shortcut to working up a healthy weekly meal plan and grocery list is to start out with foods that are already healthy combinations. We are particularly fond of three in particular:
- Hummus – Widely recognized as a nutritional and health powerhouse, hummus contains plentiful macronutrients, as well as vitamins and minerals, that provide critical nutrient density for any clean meal plan.
- Guacamole – While guac might not typically be recognized as a healthy food, that’s usually because of the unhealthy stuff we eat it with! Fresh guacamole contains healthy fats, Vitamin C, and plenty of veggie goodness.
- Cashew & Almond Dips – Nuts are packed with healthy nutrients… so it follows that nut dips are too! Plant-based nut dips, especially those made in small batches with premium ingredients, are a tasty way to make your weekly menu ideas sing.
Before you run out and buy just any old dips or spreads, make sure that their labels are free of unhealthy preservatives, cheap oils and flavorings, and words you can’t understand. We wholeheartedly recommend HOPE Foods dips and spreads, which are all made from premium natural ingredients like real extra-virgin olive oil, and cold-pressed to ensure their safety without using unhealthy preservatives.
So whether you’re looking for vegetarian family meal plans or trying to build a solo routine, check out some of the following clean meal plan ideas to start your year off right!
Healthy Weekly Meal Plan and Grocery List Ideas
As you get into healthy meal planning, you’re in luck—we’ve got tons of amazing recipes for you! The following recipes are just a few taken from hundreds of wraps, sandwiches, spreads, bowls, entreés and more available from our HOPE Kitchen, Instagram foodie community, and YouTube channel. So no matter what flavors you’re trying to create, we’ve got your back!
Veggie Skillet Breakfast Hash
You’ve likely heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day… so why not treat it like it is? This veggie-packed egg breakfast is a healthy meal recipe that uses the rich, savory flavor of French Onion Cashew & Almond Dip to complement the light and refreshing flavor of mixed veggies topped with fresh cilantro.
Sea Salt & Olive Oil Vegan Pasta Salad
Serving up a solid assortment of veggies, nutrients, and carbs to keep you moving throughout the day, this pasta salad deserves a spot in your healthy meal planning. And it’s so easy! Just combine your favorite pasta with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and corn, then blend it all together with a creamy yet healthy serving of Sea Salt & Olive Oil hummus.
Roasted Garlic Chili Cups
It may seem relatively simple to maintain healthy meal planning when you’re flying solo, but it can get tough when your friends are all over for NFL Playoff games! Rather than chucking your diet for a day, try meal plan ideas like these toasted flour tortilla cups filled with Roasted Garlic Cashew & Almond Dip, salsa, kidney beans, black beans, frozen corn, and spices. Serve along with Buffalo Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms, flavored with organic Buffalo Bleu hummus, another tasty meal plan idea that’ll score big with the guys!
Tiny Vegan Jackfruit and Guacamole Tacos
These yummy and nutritious tacos are a great little meal to keep on your clean meal plan. Made with Green Chile or Spicy Green Chile guacamole, cooked jackfruit, a pico de gallo made of fresh veggies, and an optional jalapeño topping, these little buggers are ready to disappear fast!
Thai Curry, Avocado, and Pickled Onion Toast
If you’ve visited our Instagram community before, you already know there’s no shortage of amazing toast meal and snack recipes to put on your healthy weekly meal plan’s grocery list—and this one’s a keeper! This recipe of whole wheat toast topped with Thai Coconut Curry hummus, fresh avocado, pink pickled onions, pine nuts, and cracked pepper will fuel your body AND keep your taste buds happy.
As you’re looking for a new “you” in the new year, make sure that healthy meal planning is at the top of your resolutions list—and that hummus, guacamole, and cashew & almond dips are on your grocery list. With fresh flavors and nutrients for days, you’ll be ready for your best year yet!