How to eat healthy in the new year
It can feel a bit like groundhog day when it comes to making those lofty, though well-intentioned New Year resolutions. We’ve all been guilty of declaring that this year will be the year we get healthy, only to fall into old habits. With this 3 Step Healthy Eating Kick Start Plan, you'll have a plan to help get you on track to reach your health goals for 2021!
1. Get organised
If you’re serious about changing up your routine, organisation will be your best friend. Plan when to shop, what to cook, when to cook, and when to squeeze in some exercise to help keep you on track. Planning your week will save you time and stress, and prevent you from falling off the wagon. Don't forget to save your favourite healthy recipes to your own myfoodbook ecookbooks for a selection of healthy recipes ready to go.
First things first. Get rid of temptation! Donate or discard most of the treats that are going to tempt you. Once your cupboards are mostly junk-free (it's about balance after all), make a list of ingredients you already have on hand. You’ll want to hold on to things like tinned tomatoes, rice and frozen veggies. If you cook often, you’ll likely already have many healthy cooking staples such as quality salt & pepper, spices, olive oil and vinegar.
2. It’s all in the meal planning
When it comes to healthy eating, meal planning is an absolute game changer. You’ll want to consider breakfast, lunch, dinner and healthy snacks. You’ll also want to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
Starting the day right sets you up to feel good for the rest of the day. Take time in the morning to enjoy a wholesome breakfast, it provides energy for your day and it will keep you feeling fuller for longer. If you prefer to scoff breakfast on the run, these Healthy Breakfast Muffins are a great option to have on hand. Or try this refreshing Peach and Coconut Smoothie for a morning pick-me-up.
Even if you’re not big on snacking, having some healthy snack options on hand will help keep you reaching for convenient but sometimes not-so-healthy snacks. A snack made with whole foods and nutritious ingredients is always a great choice.
These Apricot Chia Bliss Balls are great for those with a sweet tooth. For some crunch, slice up some carrot sticks and pair with this super yummy Avocado Hummus. Need something more substantial? Check out this Zucchini Slice.
Lunch & Dinner
Batch cooking your lunch and dinner can literally halve the number of meals you need to plan. It will also reduce your shopping list, saving you some dollars and valuable fridge space.
Batch cooking can be done in 2 ways. If you cook most nights, you can easily double the recipe and save the remaining portion for lunch. Try this Carrot, Tomato and Chicken Quinoa Salad or this yummy Sweet and Sour Pork for easy midweek dinners that are perfect for lunch, too.
Alternatively, setting aside some time 1 or 2 days each week to batch cook your meals means you always have a few healthy options on hand. Portion your meals into individual containers and store in the fridge or freezer until needed. This Healthy Beef and Lentil Bolognese or Vegetable Lasagne both freeze really well and make enough for multiple portions.
If you prefer more variety or simply like a lighter lunch, these Broccoli Falafels are a fantastic option. For something a bit fun, why not try these Spiced Cauliflower Tacos. For the salad lovers, this glorious Chicken Pesto Panzanella Salad will become a fast favourite.
3. Treat yourself
Creating new habits that make you feel great is something worth celebrating! You can still eat food you love in moderation, and try out better-for-you treats or the occasional healthy dessert. Keep in mind these are ‘treats’ so enjoy them in moderation.
If you love a sweet treat for afternoon tea, this Dairy Free Lemon Avocado Pound Cake is right up your alley, or for something cold and refreshing, you’ll definitely want to try this super easy Healthy Frozen Yoghurt Bark. These Nectarine and Apricot Coconut Chia Puddings are perfect for stone fruit season.
Making small steps to change your eating habits can make huge changes to the way you feel both mentally and physically. So why not make 2021 your healthiest year yet!