Best of the Year with a new food-itude. 2021 will be a fresh start for us all. And to kick the year off right, many families will be committing themselves to eat better. So why not set yourself up for success by making a few small changes that will help make your big resolution more attainable? (BPT)
Make a weekly plan
You don’t need to micro-manage yourself to create a weekly menu that’s easy to stick to. Choose one day each week to pick out your meals, and on that same day, make a list of the items you’ll need to pick up at the store. Use a note-taking app for your grocery lists that you can update as needed.
- Quality proteins — seafood is often a healthier substitute for meats (you can rotate between fresh, canned, and frozen options)
- A variety of colorful veggies
- Whole grains as opposed to refined grains
Favor your freezer
Frozen seafood is high in protein and low in calories. Try pairing it with coconut rice, zoodles, or couscous. Garnish with tropical flavors like mango salsa or lime for a delicious workday meal! Or add sauteed spinach and veggies for a quick dinner.
Prioritize the protein
Reach for healthy protein options at every meal. Challenge yourself to try something new and change up your routine. For example, fish and shrimp are easy swaps for ground beef or chicken when making pizza or tacos, raw nuts or edamame are perfect for when you’re craving a crunchy snack, and lentil or chickpea pasta is a great alternative to traditional pasta options.
Prep your pantry
Do a quick pantry inventory: Choose your favorite shelf-stable foods and arrange them front and center so they’re top-of-mind while meal planning. Donate all items that are not out-of-date but that you don’t expect to use anytime soon.