The ‘Twilight’ week and the bulk holiday season is long behind us. However, what still lies ahead of us is the fresh start of 2018. Many of us, as usual, must have made some resolutions. Health Goals – is the most favorite of all but let’s not forget the fact that ‘making’ and ‘not following’ New Year’s resolution is our very old tradition. In fact, on the very first day of the New Year, a majority of us may have ended up indulging in wine and snacking on heavy leftovers from Christmas and 31st evening. Hence, going back to the aforementioned point – not following the health goal resolution is our main point of discussion and worry both.
Healthy Planet Canada understands the dilemma! We know how difficult it is to keep up with such resolution when your life is surrounded by lip-smacking delicacies that keep enticing you. Instead of feeling guilty about not being able to fulfill your resolution, how about you make a small start towards achieving your goal? Let us help you achieve your goal – whether it’s to eat more mindfully or slimming down. This is the best time to toss the junk out of your kitchen and restock your pantry with healthier addition. That’s the first step towards fulfilling your health goal this year!
Let’s dive deeper and explore what are all the food items you could stock.
Greek Yogurt – Low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt is your must-have product that ensures high-quality protein and several other essential nutrients like potassium and calcium. Traditional Greek yogurt is a great choice for food because it’s strained, hence, it’s free of watery whey, is thicker and creamier yogurt compared to regular yogurt containing sugar.
Instructions for use: Mix with fresh fruit and serve as a snack. Make smoothies. Top your oatmeal recipe with this yogurt. Replace your regular mayo in sandwiches with Greek yogurt.
Nuts – Nuts make a great munching option. It’s absolutely fine to get a little nutty for the sake of your health. Several researchers suggest that individuals who eat approximately an ounce of nuts/day – almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or cashews, tend to be fit, lean, and have a lower risk of certain cancers and heart diseases compared to the ones who avoid eating nuts. Despite being high in fat, they are rich in protein and unsaturated fat and offer nutrients like filling fiber, magnesium, and vitamins B and E to the body. However, nuts are also high in calorie so portion control is a MUST when eating them.
Instructions to use: Eat five-six nos. in the morning or any time in the day. Chop the nuts and sprinkle them over whole grains, roasted veggies, oatmeal, salad greens, and yogurt.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Low in unhealthy saturated fats and rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, extra virgin olive oil offers great cardiovascular benefits. In fact, it’s considered as a gold standard for longevity and health.
Instructions for use: Drizzle over foods items! Combine olive oil with vinegar and make tangy, delicious salad dressings.
Whole Grains – There’s no reason for you to give up carbs, no matter what anyone says. Despite the popular opinion, you must eat carbs to keep yourself fit and healthy. Whole grains like barley, farro, brown rice, and quinoa have been linked to minimize the risk of obesity, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Eating more grains can help you add more years to your life as they’re rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Try to get about 3 servings of whole grains every day.
Instructions for use: Enjoy whole grain cereals or oats for a hearty breakfast. Add cooked whole grains, couscous, farro, or quinoa to salads or side dishes. You can use whole grain flour for your baking purpose.
Pumpkin Puree – Pumpkin puree is not just a pie filling! It’s a healthy diet addition. Choose to opt for pumpkin puree having no added flavor or sugar. Pumpkin puree (natural) is great for health as it helps ward off certain types of cancers. It also keeps your eyesight in check.
Instructions for use: Add pumpkin puree to casseroles, smoothies, pasta sauce, oatmeal, soups, and stews. You can make pumpkin butter and use it for spreading on toast.
That’s all for now! We hope this helps you keep on track for following this year’s health goal! Do not let procrastination or lack of willpower stray you away from health goal!