We all do it, make those resolutions at the beginning of the new year, that this will be the year of EATING HEALTHY! We last for a few days then it is back to our bad old habits.
1: Eat lean protein… think fish, chicken or turkey. Add flavor with spices. One of my favorite dinners is a salmon filet, drizzled with our Harissa Olive Oil and sprinkled with Ras El Hanout spice blend. You will be transported to the spice bazaars of the mid-East! Dreading the “usual” chicken dinner? Why not buy ground chicken and season with taco seasoning (Taco Taco blend) and make a delicious burrito bowl!
2: All the health articles say to eat more fruits and veggies. Why not make fruit taste better with delicious balsamic vinegar? Have a bowl of berries for dessert instead of ice cream, and drizzle with a yummy sweet vinegar (we like Raspberry, Cinnamon Pear or Chocolate!). Have you ever tried pineapple on the grill drizzled with Maple Balsamic vinegar? So tasty! Or watermelon with Peach Balsamic over the top.
3: Think outside the box for veggies… no need to steam veggies and eat dry to be healthy! Studies have shown that you actually lose more vitamins when steaming broccoli than when it is roasted. Dinner tonight: Broccoli and cauliflower, cut up and drizzled with Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and sprinkled with Viva Italia spice blend. I guarantee you won’t even miss the butter! Roasting brings out the natural nuttiness of the veggies and they will be gone is seconds, guaranteed. Plus, eating more veggies introduces more fiber into your diet, making you feel fuller longer.
4: Hydrate! We’ve all heard this one – drink 8 glasses of water a day. Make it delicious with sliced cucumbers or pineapples!
5: Make smart substitutions… try using olive oil in your baking instead of vegetable oil (did you know that by using extra virgin olive oil in baking, reduces your saturated fat by a third?). Use Maple Balsamic Vinegar over oatmeal or pancakes instead of brown sugar or syrup. Use Butter Olive Oil on popcorn instead of butter which is loaded with saturated fat.