10 in 2010: Countdown to Improve Your Health
Each New Year, many of us aspire to eat more healthfully – we know how – we just need a nudge to put the idea into action. Here are some practical approaches that you can start as early as January 1st.
10. Reality Check: Track your typical eating patterns in a journal for 3 days to better understand your personal eating habits and pitfalls.
9. New 'Food-itude': Focus on the positive by creating a daily checklist of nutritious foods to eat rather than foods to avoid.
8. Plan Ahead: Choose one night per week to plan that week’s meals and snacks. Stocking a wholesome pantry will make it easier to keep your goals.
7. Fuel First: Eat a protein-rich, complex carbohydrate snack like Summer Fresh Snack'n go before exercising to maximize your workout efforts.
6. Bottle Bliss: Keep a water bottle handy where-ever you go to keep you hydrated and to deter you from reaching for higher calorie beverages.
5. Think Alternative: Follow Canada’s Food Guide recommendations by packing nutritious alternative protein sources such as Summer Fresh Hummus, hard boiled eggs, tofu, seeds or nuts in your lunch.
4. Eat Whole Grains More Often: Make large batches of whole grains that take longer to cook and freeze in zip-top bags to speed up weeknight meal preparation.
3. Load Up on Veggies: Buy a variety of fresh vegetables and delicious Summer Fresh Dips; cut and portion into snack-size containers as you are unpacking the groceries.
2. Eat More Omega-Rich Fish: Boneless, skinless fish fillets are easy to prepare anytime; just pan fry in a little olive oil and season with lemon, salt and pepper.
1. More Variety = More Nutrients: Challenge yourself to learn about and prepare an unfamiliar wholesome food such as rapini, quinoa or edamame each week.