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12 NEW Simple Secrets for a Healthier New Year!

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 12
    Swap It!
    Make 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 12
    Eat Breakfast
    Starting 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 12
    Team Up
    You 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 12
    Eat a Family Dinner
    Some 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
    Get An App
    Apps like Lose It can help the calorie-conscious track calories consumed and burned daily. The super-functional, free app makes it easy to track food and exercise, giving you a clear picture of your eating habits.
    Make rainbow chard slaw
  • Go Meatless 6 of 12
    Go Meatless
    Want 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 12
    Bring Snacks When Traveling
    Traveling 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
    Drinks Count
    Drinks, both boozy and not, can add a lot of empty calories to your diet. Stick with water, seltzer, or light spritzers. If your out for a night on the town, have some wine or clear liquor instead of beer.
    Make a mint lime grapefruit fizz

    Image Credit: Kathy Patalsky
  • Stay Active Throughout the Day 9 of 12
    Stay Active Throughout the Day
    Recent 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 12
    Go Whole Grain
    Love 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 12
    Dine In
    Know 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 12
    Make it Fun
    After 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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10 Simple Swaps for Healthier Recipes
10 Simple Secrets to Healthier Eating in the New Year
10 More Simple Secrets to Healthier Eating in the New Year

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