New Year, Eat Healthy: Meals & Shopping List

woman eating healthy meals2018 is upon us and most of us are thinking about what we’d like to improve in the New Year—if “eat healthy” is one of your resolutions, use our list of ideas for meals and shopping!

  1. Purge your pantry. You can tackle many of your healthy eating goals by paying close attention to the food you have on hand. A deep pantry purge helps you clean up your diet and start the year right! Read our streamlined instructions for getting rid of the unhealthy culprits, restocking with ingredients that are not only good for you, but have flavors you enjoy
    Purge Your Pantry and Start the Year Right
  2. Eat in moderation. To set yourself up for dietary success, cleaning up your pantry helps support you in the idea of eating in moderation. Some of the more popular approaches are portion control, counting calories and counting macronutrients (fat, protein and carbohydrates). Whichever approach you adopt, be sure your meal plans are satisfying, like these:
    Healthy Menus for Moderation (not Starvation)
  3. Try a heart healthy diet. Your dietary choices that make a positive impact on the health status of your heart also help you stay healthy and fit in many other ways. Easy changes include choosing fresher, whole food ingredients, being more careful when dining out, and these tips:
    Loving the Heart Healthy Diet
  4. Eat healthy meat. If you’re looking to increase high quality protein in your diet, or want to return to a more primal eating style, getting back to these kinds of basics is a good bet. A simple way to begin is to look for organic, pasture-raised meat. Heritage breeds and wild game:
    The Best Meats to Eat When You Want to Be Fit
  5. Eat your veggies. Vegetables provide benefits like lowering the risk of disease, making your clean eating diet tastier and more colorful, and providing fiber and water that helps you fill up. Here’s a list of handy tricks you can use to make veggies part of every meal:
    Eat Your Veggies: Try These Tricks to Make It Easier
  6. Don’t forget the fats. When you want to eat healthy, include healthy fats. Research has shown that heathy fats like these are good for your body, they are also good for your mind and mood:
    Healthy Fats: Good Food for a Good Mood
  7. Snack smart. When you don’t have access to healthy snacks near your desk, it can be hard to stay on track. Here are a dozen snacks that can be easily made from scratch or bought at the grocery store’s fresh counter and brought with you to work:
    Simple Healthy Snacks for Busy Weekdays at Work
  8. Makeover your lunch. In the new year, we should be thinking about healthy lunches, too. Here are simple ways to make over classic quick meals at your desk or at the local burger place:
    Lunchtime Makeovers You Can Look Forward To
  9. Enjoy a big salad. A salad can be the perfect meal to support your fitness goals. The key is in balancing protein, fat and carbs. These three amazing healthy salad recipes do it just right.
    Muscle Building Salads: Three Easy Recipes
  10. Keep the comfort foods. Some of your favorite “stick to your ribs” foods might not seem like they fit into a healthy eating plan for 2018—but take another look at our picks. Potatoes, meatloaf and more can work, and here’s a recipe for a childhood favorite soup:
    Comfort Foods You Can Keep On Eating

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