4 Easy Tips to Keep Your New Year’s Food Resolutions
This post written by guest blogger – Erica Kerwien
If you’ve come up with a New Year’s resolution that involves food, make it an easy one to follow so you’re guaranteed success.
Here are 4 ways to keep your New Year’s food resolutions simple and attainable.
1. Kick-start your day
Pick one vegetable or fruit that will boost your health and kick-start your day. Make it a part of your morning routine. Maybe it’s a portable fruit like a banana, clementine, or an apple. Or toss a few pieces of fruit into a blender with some yogurt, milk, or dairy-free milk, and some ice for a quick morning smoothie. The easier it is the more often you’ll go for the good stuff. Keep these portable fruits on your kitchen counter so they’re easy to grab and run.
2. Pick a color
You’ve probably heard the health tip “eat the rainbow” which means choose colorful fruits and vegetables. Vibrantly colored vegetables and fruits are loaded with phytonutrients, which means that you get a big hit of essential nutrients and antioxidants to boost your immune system and overall health. Pick one color from the rainbow to add to a meal. Maybe your color is red, which can include pomegranate, pink grapefruits, apples, kidney beans, red potatoes, or beets. That’s just a one color. There’s green, yellow, and orange that offer an abundance of options.
3. Make something from scratch
Try removing one food that is a bit more processed or refined than you’d like it to be. Instead try making it at home, or find a substitute for that food that’s closer to the earth, and not processed or packaged when you purchase it. For example, try making a batch of granola or a snack mix. When you make something from scratch you’re eliminating the inevitable step involved in getting that packaged food cooked, wrapped, and shipped to you before you ever touch it. Put together a snack bag that includes nuts and dried fruit that you pack, and choose your favorite nuts and fruits. Make a big batch of it, and have it on hand to grab at a moment’s notice.
4. Eat something local or in season
Pick a food that’s currently grown locally or in season close to where you live. Food that is local or harvested close to your area will be fresher and contain more nutrients. It will also taste better and be in sync with your body’s seasonal rhythms.
Try one or more of these tips to help keep you fine-tuned through the year, and you’ll have reached your goal. Happy New Year!
Erica Kerwien is a writer, editor, a bit of a geek, and a lover of animals, vegetables, and a good story. She is finishing up a cookbook, due out in May 2013 and shares recipes at www.comfybelly.com.