It’s that time of the year again! Time to shake off the final moments of last year, and muster the motivation to make the next one even better. Break out the champagne glasses and toast to the promise of 2017! But more importantly, after the clock strikes 12, put those things away and get right to work on your New Year’s Resolution! If you are like most of us, along with “schedule more ‘me time’’ and “reactivate my gym membership,” you have it in your head to “start eating healthier.” Sure, the first month goes pretty well, but somewhere near Valentine’s Day, you’re either eating that whole box of chocolate because you received it as a thoughtful gift, or bought it on clearance to drown your sorrows. It’s really tough to stick to any diet plan, but here are some key ingredients to help you on your way!
The next time you head over to your local market, throw some tomatoes, pomegranates, apples, and berries into your shopping cart. Tomatoes, pomegranates, and blueberries have antioxidants, which can lower your cholesterol and reduce blood pressure. Apples contain loads of fiber and mineral boron which strengthens your bones.
Incorporating more leafy greens into your diet will set you up for success. Before you leave the produce section, grab some spinach, kale, and broccoli. Spinach is a good source of iron and they all are packed with Vitamin K, which may prevent certain conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Try a few good smoothie recipes to start your day off right!
The dairy department offers a wide variety of foods for all your nutrition needs, such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and eggs. Milk and cheese are a great source of calcium. Yogurt is wonderful for the digestive system, as long as it contains live, active cultures. Try to stay away from the brands that add a ton of sugar. Eggs are not just a breakfast food! Boil a few for a perfect midday protein snack.
If you’re a meat eater, bring home some wild salmon and chicken. Wild salmon contains protein and omega-3s, which help keep your heart healthy. While chicken is also high in protein, it also contains various amino acids that improve heart health and increase serotonin levels in the brain. If you are not a meat-eater, there are plenty of alternatives on the market that give you the same nutritional benefits.