After a busy holiday season, many of our waistbands and wallets could use a break. Why don’t you and your family see this January as a renewal period for healthy eating? We know that it can be challenging to form new habits. But Forbes reports that repetition is intrinsic to habit formation, and it helps to have a partner in the process.
To get started on the road to nutrition, grab your family and check out these 2017 healthy eating tips from some of our expert friends. And for vitamin-rich recipe ideas, don’t forget to peruse our blog archives.
- Nutritionist Barbara Ruhs MS, RDN suggests at lunch and dinner to use the “half of your plate” rule; filling your plate with fruits and vegetables to maintain a nutritious balance.
- Jessica Beacom, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Co-Founder of Simply Nourished says, “Take time each week to wash, chop and package vegetables, fruits and salads in containers that can be easily tossed into purses, backpacks or coolers. This makes on-the-go healthy snacking much easier. It can save you from meltdowns, and decreases the temptation to turn to fast food meals or less healthy pre-packaged snacks.”
- Michelle Stern, founder of What’s Cooking with Kids and author of The Whole Family Cookbook, says, “Kids [and even grown-ups!] can get tired of sandwiches so it’s fun to mix things up a bit. Try using tortilla rollups filled with cream cheese and jam, or hummus and cucumbers! Or mini frittatas made in muffin tins pack a huge protein punch and can be easily customized to suit each person’s tastes.”
- Beacom says, “Gradually removing the processed and packaged foods from the home (and not bringing them back in with the next shopping trip) decreases the number of choices available for snacking so that healthier foods can take the main stage.”
- Eat a salad or green a day. According to Elaine Magee, MPH, RD via webmd, eating salads is a satisfying low calorie meal, they contain lots of fiber and you’ll likely have higher blood levels of a host of powerful antioxidants. Need more reasons? Check out 8 reasons to eat our Living Greens.