Nutritious recipes to start the year off on a healthy note

1. Start the day with 3-ingredient overnight applesauce oats. Overnight oats are an easy and nutritious breakfast option that essentially “cooks itself” in the fridge overnight. If you are short on time and ingredients, then rolled oats, unsweetened cinnamon applesauce and almond milk are a simple solution. Top with fresh fruit, nuts and seeds in the morning.

2. For lunch, try a salad jar. Salad jars are an easy and healthy make-ahead lunch option that stays fresh in the fridge when stored right, and checks all your food groups. To follow Mia’s salad jar formula, start with dressing at the bottom and layer with protein, firm veggies, soft veggies and fruit, whole grains, fats and leafy greens.

3. Support your gut health. Probiotics and prebiotics can help support a healthy gut which is linked to better digestion, immunity and more. Kick your soda habit in the new year by turning to bubbly beverages with benefits like kombucha, a fermented tea packed with probiotics. Prebiotics are a type of fiber that help nourish the good bacteria in the gut and are found in foods like bananas, asparagus and onions.

For more nutrition tips, healthy recipes and meal ideas, you can order Mia’s new book “Mostly Plant-Based”, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and wherever books are sold.