Happy New Year! Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier? The beginning of a new year is often a time when many of us make resolutions and set goals for ourselves. Sometimes the thought of a “new year” gives us a little boost of motivation. Get inspired this year and make healthy changes in your life and that of your loved ones. Say goodbye to those fad diets and depriving yourself of those foods you love.
I want to share with you my top 5 healthy eating goals for the new year. I hope these 5 tips inspire you to make healthy changes in your life.
Check out my Pinterest board titled How I #GoUnDiet2013 to see my 5 tips for healthy eating in the new year. Create a healthy eating inspiration board of your own and enter for a chance to win $250! (via HealthCastle)
GOAL # 1: Incorporate more legumes and lentils into my diet
Legumes (beans and peas) and lentils are excellent sources of fiber, are low in fat, and high in protein. Check out this quinoa, chickpea and roasted yam salad that I recently posted. Not only are the health benefits endless, legumes and lentils are also inexpensive and easy to prepare! Legumes and lentils are great in salads, chili’s, stews, soups, casseroles and even baking. I have lots of ideas up my sleeve for incorporating these foods into my diet. Stay tuned for recipes!
GOAL # 2: Fill half of my dinner plate with vegetables
Originally, “The Plate Method” was designed by the Canadian Diabetes Association for people with diabetes. It involves filling 1/2 of your plate with fruits and vegetables, 1/4 with meat and alternatives and 1/4 with grains and starches. This concept is often used as a guideline for healthy eating in general. Vegetables are low in calories, but are packed with fiber, therefore keeping you full and less likely to binge on processed junk foods. Choose vegetables that are bright coloured and dark leafy greens, as they’re full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Photo source: www.diabetes.ca (Canadian Diabetes Association)
GOAL # 3: Further minimize processed foods in my diet
Eating more whole, unprocessed foods is a great goal for anyone. Processed foods are packed with calories, fat, sugar and salt, and not to mention other ingredients we’ve never even heard of. It’s scary how quickly these things can add up in our diets. We all eat different amounts of processed foods, so for some, this may mean making an effort to buy less packaged foods such as crackers, chips or cookies. I don’t consume many packaged snack foods, but I’d like to start making more foods from scratch. Currently on my list of things to make from scratch include: vegetable/chicken stock, nut milks and yogurt. Check out this recipe for homemade vegetable stock from the food blog This Homemade Life.
Photo source: www.thishomemadelife.com via Homemade Vegetable Stock on Pinterest
GOAL # 4: Drink more water
This poster says it all! Water is so important for our bodies. Sometimes water can be boring, but don’t let that stop you from staying hydrated. Spruce up your water with lemon or lime juice, or replace ice cubes with pieces of frozen fruit.
Photo source: via Pinterest
GOAL # 5: Increase variety of foods in my diet (especially grains)
When it comes to incorporating grains to our meals, rice seems to win the popularity contest. There’s an abundance of grains, besides rice, that taste great, are inexpensive and easy to cook. Incorporating different grains into
our diets will expand variety and lead to more balance. Choosing a variety of foods within and across
food groups may improve health status because foods within the same group have different combinations
of nutrients and other beneficial substances.
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