Realistic Tips to Embrace Healthy Eating this New Year
New Year’s resolutions will commence shortly, and the number 1 resolution made in 2018 – as it is every year – is to improve your health.
New Year’s resolutions will commence shortly, and the number 1 resolution made in 2018 – as it is every year – is to improve your health. A big part of your success will rely on planning in advance, particularly grocery shopping, menus, and time to prepare healthy food for you and your family. Start by examining your usual meal ideas, and identify what healthy eating is. Aim for more vegetables and less meat, fewer carbohydrates like those found in processed foods such as bread, and a reduction in refined sugars like those added to juices, cereals, and even granola bars. You’re looking for whole grains, beans and lentils (pulses), seafood, and lots of vegetables. It’s going to be beautiful!
Get into the habit of creating a weekly meal plan. Sit down with a pen and paper and write down all 7 days of the week across the top of the page, and down the left side write down your meals, which are likely: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Supper. You can even add Dessert and an evening Snack. Now you’ve got a meal plan chart ready to fill in. Think about what you already have at home. Do you have chicken in the freezer? Have chicken Monday night. Is there enough to use for lunch the next day? Yes! Then you’ve got Tuesday’s lunch already partly planned. What are you serving with this chicken on Monday, and can you make enough to stretch that out for a few meals? Adding lots of vegetables is a healthy and affordable way to stretch both your budget and your meals. Roast a chicken with lots of root vegetables, and serve a salad or soup with the meal, too. If you usually make 1 vegetable side dish, start making 2 vegetable side dishes. Add some onions, carrots and celery to your rice or quinoa. Why not?
Use frozen veggies if you don’t think you’ll use up fresh (and you can blanch those fresh ones and freeze them, too!) As you become savvy to your family’s newfound tastes, you can plan ahead when healthy meal grocery items you love go on sale and stock up. Add a serving of fruit to breakfast and reduce the amount of juice you drink. Reduce the amount of cheese you add to the lasagna or even sprinkle on your spaghetti. Every single step you take towards eating a healthier diet is a success.
You don’t have to go all-out right away: look online for lighter versions of things you already eat regularly and start there. If you aimlessly browse recipes online or scan your cookbook collection you’re more likely to give up and say, “I’ll start next week.”
Your meal plan doesn’t have to be 100% made by you. MVP Meals is here for you! By adding our nutritious and delicious meals to your regular meal plan you’re guaranteed to get your healthy resolutions off to a great start, no matter if you have hockey practice, piano lessons, or a PTA meeting to get to 3 nights a week. Check out our meal plan options and see what’s cooking this month!
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