If I’m being totally honest, winter is fun until Christmas and then….well, then I’m pretty much immediately ready for spring. I am just not a cold weather person. But I will say, I love January for a couple of things: It’s a new start to a new year, and it’s also my birthday month!
From setting new goals, to focusing on nourishing foods, to working out and simply taking a breath for a season, it’s truly one of the best months to set time aside for a refresh. And the best part is that this looks totally different for everyone!
2021 was such a busy year for us. To be totally transparent, I found myself stressed out and overwhelmed more often than not. With having two littles running around, building a house, running this business, and soooo much more, it was just a really crazy year. This year, my hope and goal is simple: to have a fun year.
It may sound silly, but having fun is just something that’s never been a top priority for me. I’m a get things done kinda gal. I like to be productive, I enjoy being busy, and it’s hard for me to stop and enjoy the moment. But as our kids are hitting an older, more “fun” stage, I want to make sure that I’m present and making the best memories with my family.
While that’s my personal goal and word for the year, I also want to incorporate that into the recipes and content here on Jar Of Lemons. From healthy recipes that are anything but boring, to fun ideas for everyday life, it’s my goal for all of us to really come alive this year!
So what does that look like for you? What are you focused on this month as you start off this new year? I would love to know in the comments below!
Favorite Healthy Recipes
This Crockpot Vegetable Soup is the BEST for an easy weeknight dinner recipe! Loaded with nutrition and flavor, it’s the perfect balance of healthy and a meal that everyone will love. Make this effortless slow cooker vegetable soup in no time at all for a cozy bowl of deliciousness!
Hot Honey Chickpea Bowls that are the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and savory! Loaded with flavor and nutrition, these hearty bowls make for a delicious lunch or dinner recipe. They’re also great for prepping in advance and taking on-the-go. Make this easy vegetarian recipe in 20 minutes or less for a meal that everyone will love!
The ultimate quick and easy breakfast recipe! This Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie is incredibly easy to make, healthy, and SO delicious. Simply blend 4 ingredients together and have a sweet, refreshing smoothie ready to go in just 5 minutes or less!
Spicy, flavorful, crunchy, and delicious. This Spicy Southwest Salad copycat recipe tastes just like the Chick-Fil-A version! Make this easy salad in no time at all for a healthy weeknight meal that everyone will love.
This Moroccan Chickpea Carrot Salad is FULL of so many amazing and fresh flavors. If you’re into savory, fresh, crunchy, and a touch of sweet then this salad is going to make your day. It’s that good! Have it any day of the week, as a side dish or on its own completely. This easy-to-make 10 minute vegetarian salad is DELICIOUS!
This refreshing Green Apple Detox Smoothie is the perfect way to reset! Made with green apples, celery, kale, pineapple, coconut, banana, and ginger, this green smoothie is full of healthy nutrients. Make this easy detox smoothie in 5 minutes or less!
This Spicy Southwest Butternut Squash Casserole is savory, spicy, wholesome, and perfect for a quick and easy dinner! Made with simple ingredients, this make-ahead meal can be made entirely in a casserole dish and is bursting with flavor. This is healthy comfort food that the entire family will love (and one of our most popular recipes)!
Meal Planning Tips + Ideas
Are you in meal planning mode? Here are some of the best articles for tips, ideas, and recipes to become a meal planning pro!
- 11 Meal Planning Essentials to Make Healthy Eating a Breeze
- 15 BEST Smoothie Bowl Recipes
- Healthy Batch Cooking For The Week Ahead
- 6 Ways To Keep Produce Fresh
- 30+ BEST Easy Meal Prep Recipes
- Eating Healthy On A Budget
- 100+ Quick Healthy Dinners (30 Minutes Or Less)
Happy January and Happy New Year, friends! I hope it’s your best one yet! 🙂