3 Tips for the Healthiest Year Possible
Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
When that calendar page flips over to the New Year, there's no shortage of tips for how to "fix" your diet, or how to "eat better." It can be overwhelming and even paralyzing. Our Nutritionist, Sue Moores, advises "baby steps." Here are three great places to start. Pick one. See success? Take on another!
Discover new goodies.
Nearly 85% of the foods in your grocery cart tend to be foods you usually buy. Grow your repertoire. Put a food that's new to you in your grocery cart every week. There are thousands and thousands of foods in our stores. Make it a treasure hunt to find your future (healthy) favorites.
Feast on a fruit or vegetable at every meal and snack.
It may sound trite, but seriously, eating plenty of produce is one of the most influential menu moves you can make for better health. Still most of us fall far short of eating enough for big gains. We're talking 5+ servings a day. Think "add-ons." Add on at least one serving of either fruits or vegetables every time you eat. That should be 5 in a snap. But skip juice in favor of whole produce, which provides the biggest benefits.
Add beans to your recipe stash (any bean will do).
Beans (garbanzo, black, kidney, etc.) are some of the most underrated, highly valuable foods to eat. They're all-stars for many aspects of your health. Aim for four or more half-cup servings a week. Any easy option is to scoot over to our deli, where we have wonderful bean salads to try. Indian Curry Chickpea and our Spanish Chickpea and Edamame are two of Sue's personal faves.
Contributed by Sue Moores, M.S., R.D., Kowalski's Nutritionist