12 NEW Simple Secrets for a Healthier New Year!Elizabeth Stark
Did you resolve to start the year on a healthier note? Eating more healthfully doesn’t have to be hard, so we’ve put together 12 simple secrets for a healthier New Year — and a healthier you! Need more? Find 20 more simple secrets here and here!
Swap It! 1 of 12Make it healthier by subbing in more nutritious ingredients. For instance, use honey, dried fruit, or bananas in place of sugar.
Get more ideas for healthy food swaps
Eat Breakfast 2 of 12Starting your day with a healthy meal provides vital nutrients after your nightly "fast." Breakfast also jump-starts metabolism, and those who eat it have lower cholesterol and better cardiovascular health.
Learn more about the benefits of eating breakfast
Team Up 3 of 12You don't have to join Weight Watchers to have a supportive community. Consider finding online groups, or get your spouse or partner in on the act. Finding a steady workout buddy can be especially motivational--ask around!
Make yellow watermelon and feta salad
Eat a Family Dinner 4 of 12Some of the worst food decisions we make are when we're eating alone or on the go. Making a point of a family dinners is a terrific way to make sure everyone in your family gets a balanced, nutritious dinner each night.
How to make salad a hit during dinner
Get An App 5 of 12
Go Meatless 6 of 12Want to eat more veggies? Try skipping animal protein one or more nights a week. Vegetarian meals are a great way to highlight veggies and fresh foods.
Make veggie mac and cheese
Bring Snacks When Traveling 7 of 12Traveling is a notoriously difficult time to eat healthfully. Skip the greasy burger, and bring along fresh fruits, carrots sticks, yogurt, and nuts or seeds to fuel up on the go.
Make ginger granola bars
Drinks Count 8 of 12
Stay Active Throughout the Day 9 of 12Recent studies have shown that long periods of sitting can negatively impact metabolism. If you're a desk jockey by trade, take frequent small breaks, and fidget or stretch in your seat often.
Make savory cantaloupe salad
Go Whole Grain 10 of 12Love carbs? Whole grains like steel cut oats, whole wheat, barley, and farro are filling and healthy options for carb lovers. Stay satisfied, while skipping refined white flour.
Make whole grain blueberry pancakes
Dine In 11 of 12Know why restaurant food tastes so good? Butter, salt, oil, sugar -- whatever it takes! Skip the restaurant food and make your favorite dishes at home. Even decadent dishes prepared at home will be healthier than those you get elsewhere.
Make baked eggs with greens and mushrooms
Make it Fun 12 of 12After a while, healthy eating can get boring, especially for kids. Keep things interesting with unique and fun presentations.
Make rainbow fruit skewers
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