Tips to make the most of your healthy eating habits in 2018
January is a great time to start fresh and create new goals for yourself in the coming year, providing a chance to renew your commitment to health. While this is always positive, it’s important to make sure your goals and resolutions are realistic and attainable so you’ll be more likely to stick with them long past the first few weeks of the new year. If you’re in need of a few simple resolutions you can add to your list, we’ve included some of our favorites below.
Drink more water
Maybe you’re someone who drinks two huge bottles of water each day, or maybe you struggle to even drink two glasses. No matter where you fit, make it a goal to drink more water, whatever that means for you. You probably can’t go wrong with drinking more water and staying hydrated, so start with a goal of drinking just one more glass each day. Then, once that becomes easy, keep increasing your water intake little by little until you’re drinking the desired daily amount for your own healthy lifestyle.
Pack your lunches
Take an extra moment in the morning, or meal prep in advance when you have time on the weekend or in the evenings to pack a lunch for school or work. If you have your lunch ready to go when your stomach starts rumbling, you can be sure that what you’ve packed will be a healthy choice instead of fast food on the go.
For an easy lunch that can be portioned out all week long, we love making a large batch of a whole grain, adding a lean protein, and some freshly cut vegetables. Find a mix that works for you!
Eat a fruit or vegetable with each meal
Trying to jump immediately to the highest recommended number of fruits and vegetables can be daunting. Instead, try focusing on a smaller goal and try to eat at least one fruit or vegetable with each meal. Of course, if you’re getting in more than that, awesome! Keep it up! But don’t be afraid to start small.
We love starting our day with smoothie bowls or overnight oats with plenty of fresh fruit toppings. For lunch, pack a small salad or a few carrots and celery sticks to go with your meal. At dinner, load up on greens in a salad or with a delicious ancient grain, like quinoa or freekeh, and a healthy protein.
Add more grains to your diet
Whole grains are more filling and heart-healthy than other refined grains. Look at the labels of the food you have and keep an eye out for “whole wheat” and other “whole” grains listed on the packaging.
Nature's Earthly Choice™ grains are full of protein and fiber, and taste delicious with almost anything. We especially recommend quinoa, freekeh, and farro. If you’re looking for something new, try this Farro Risotto with Asparagus.
Be mindful about what you eat
When you’re focusing on healthy eating habits, the best general tip is to be mindful about what you’re choosing to eat at every meal. The more you think about what you’re eating, the less likely you are to keep reaching for unhealthy snacks or any extra treats in the break room. It’s still important to treat yourself occasionally (you deserve it), and don’t be too hard on yourself if you encounter a setback. Pick yourself up and focus on the next meal, or the next day, and don’t give up.
It can be easy to get bogged down while trying to meet a long list of new year’s resolutions, but if you make small, worthwhile goals that you can reach, you’ll be keeping resolutions way past January 31. Arm yourself with these few simple tips to stay on track and you’ll see a noticeable difference in no time.