By Lisa Nogueria

It’s time to check in on your New Year’s goals. It is widely known that by mid-February, most people have given up on the intentions and resolutions they set for the new year. It doesn’t have to be this way, does it? Perhaps we need to change how we are looking at these goals and find a sustainable way to continue. Is our goal too big or broad or overwhelming? We want to eat healthier, fuel ourselves with nutritious foods and promote health, but where do we start? Let’s look at every morning as a new beginning; a fresh slate that doesn’t depend on what we ate or did the day before.

We get a chance to let yesterday go and make new decisions for our health and happiness today. We don’t have to abandon what we started in January because we had a few slip-ups. All is not lost. We can simplify our goal and begin with a small step in the right direction. Let’s start with the morning! These delicious recipes are full of vegetables and other foods that support a healthy body and mind. I strive to get 50-75% vegetables on my plate at each meal, and these are fun ways to make that happen at breakfast. Starting your day like this will set you up for a day of healthy choices.

Root Veggie Egg Nests

Serves: 2 • Total time: 25-30 minutes


2 cups of spiralized sweet potato, loosely packed

2 cups of spiralized carrot, loosely packed (I used purple and yellow here)

1 TBSP avocado oil (or other high heat cooking oil)

2 high-quality eggs (organic, pastured)

Sea salt and pepper

Optional for serving: a side of greens.

Peel your carrots and sweet potato. Spiralize your vegetables in a spiralizer to look like long noodles.Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with avocado oil. Add spiralized vegetables and cook until tender (around 10 minutes). 

Form the vegetables into two “nests” with an indentation in the middle to hold the egg. Crack an egg inside the nest and cover and cook until the whites are fully cooked (4-6 minutes). You can cook longer if you want yolk fully cooked as well. Transfer to a plate. Add the side of greens. Season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!

** Note: You can use any root vegetables that you like: parsnips, rutabaga, and beets are also delicious in this. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can buy already spiralized raw veggies at select stores or use a peeler or large grater for more of a hash brown look.

Lisa Nogueira is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist who is dedicated to helping clients live their best lives through health and lifestyle coaching and a unique selection of bodywork modalities. She hosts group programs online and in person to help clients make their self-care a priority, clean up their eating and live healthier, happier lives. Her no-guilt approach to health is taking small steps for creating a lifestyle, leaving room for the sweeter things in life, and simplifying health and wellness into an approachable and fun adventure.

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