10 Easy & Effective Food Resolutions for the New Year

10 Easy and Effective Food Resolutions for 2013

It is the resolution time of year and I’ve made quite a few of my own. A lot of them have to do with losing the baby weight once the new baby arrives later this month. I also want to get physically fit with a lot of gym workouts, write a good second cookbook, and be a good mother to my newly expanded family. This year I am also making ten food resolutions that, I think, will be easy to make and will effectively help me and my family live a healthier lifestyle. I’ve chosen these because I know that it doesn’t necessarily take extreme measures to make good diet choices. Each one of these resolutions are definitely achievable and I intend to do my best to take each of them into consideration every single day. Here are the food resolutions I’ll be making. What are yours?

  • Focus on Buying Organic Food 1 of 10
    Focus on Buying Organic Food
    I believe in buying organic but sometimes I can slip. This year I pledge to doubly commit to buying organic in order to reap the health benefits. Organic food contains increased micro-nutrients and healthy flavenoids. It is also grown in an environmentally friendly manner which means it doesn't pollute the waterways or damage soil.
    Read these 8 reasons to buy organic
  • Eat More Dark Greens 2 of 10
    Eat More Dark Greens
    This year I want to eat more dark greens, they are rich in iron and antioxidants. Kale has become a very popular dark green and there are so many ways to prepare it. I plan try many of these delicious preparations in my diet this year!
    Try one of these 20 ways to eat kale
  • Improve my Daughter’s Eating Habits 3 of 10
    Improve my Daughter's Eating Habits
    My daughter is a good eater but there is always room for improvement. This year I hope to incorporate some more mature eating habits into her routine so she eats more like a French kid.
    How to teach your child to eat like a French kid
  • Give Up Diet Soda for Good 4 of 10
    Give Up Diet Soda for Good
    Sometimes I can't help but reach for a Diet Dr. Pepper. But this year I think will be the year I finally give up diet soda for good. There are no health benefits to soda and diet soda, despite the name, can even make you fat.
    Read more about how diet soda can make you fat
  • Eat a Vegetarian Diet Twice a Week 5 of 10
    Eat a Vegetarian Diet Twice a Week
    This year I plan to commit to meatless Monday at least once or twice a week. Not only is this healthier for my family, it is also better for the environment. This delicious pasta meal would be a perfect, healthy dinner for a Monday night!
    Make spaghetti with chick peas and spinach
  • Eat the Rainbow 6 of 10
    Eat the Rainbow
    I love snacking on things like strawberries and clementines, but this year I plan to remember to eat the entire rainbow of fruits. Dark fruits like blueberries and grapes are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and shouldn't be skipped!
    Make rainbow fruit skewers
  • Stay Hydrated with Naturally Flavored Water 7 of 10
    Stay Hydrated with Naturally Flavored Water
    Instead of drinking heavily sweetened juices, this year I plan to start keeping pitchers of healthy naturally flavored waters in our fridge. Not only do they taste better but they are a great calorie-free way to stay hydrated!
    Make naturally flavored water
  • Eat More Yogurt 8 of 10
    Eat More Yogurt
    Instead of making heavy, fatty ice creams this summer I plan to make frozen yogurt instead. Lower in calories and full of natural probiotics it is much healthier and just as delicious!
    Make strawberry frozen yogurt
  • Skip Artificial Sweeteners 9 of 10
    Skip Artificial Sweeteners
    Instead of snacking on sugary flavored foods, this year I plan to skip the artificially sweetened stuff and eat natural yogurt layered with natural, more healthy, fruits.
    Make fruit and yogurt salad
  • Eat More Whole Grains 10 of 10
    Eat More Whole Grains
    I love things like banana bread and chocolate chip cookies but this year I want to incorporate more whole grains. By using more whole wheat flours I incorporate healthier, more natural carbohydrates and more complex protein into my food.
    Try these whole wheat banana muffins

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