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Easy Tips for the New Year: 7 Ways to Gently Shift Habits

By Elizabeth Beal, January 3, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Beal

Looking for a little guidance through this month of oh-so-many expectations? Try these 7 simple ideas to painlessly clean up your act.

Quinoa with Vegetables1. HEALTHY = Quick & Easy!

Check out heat-and-eat sides such as frozen 365 Everyday Value® Organic Quinoa with Vegetables.

The freezer aisle can be your best ally if you’re high on ambition but short on time (think veggies and fruits, not pizza and ice cream). And don’t forget the convenience of no-salt-added canned tomatoes and beans!

2. A Sight to Behold

See what happens when you keep prepped veggies at eye level in your refrigerator.

Don’t let that pretty produce languish in the crisper; put those baby carrots, grape tomatoes and cut-up colorful Whole Trade® bell peppers in beautiful clear containers and put those suckers right up front! We suggest keeping some tasty good-for-you dips close by, too, like Nutty Red Pepper and Basil Dip and Green Garbanzo Hummus.

 

3. On-the-Go

Pack cooked greens, beans and grains in lunch-sized portions so you can grab and go in the morning.

It’s no secret: prepped ingredients make for easy meals. Looking for some tasty combos? Try Mighty Bowls of Goodness.

4. Chop, season and roast loads of veggies on the weekend. Veggie sides are ready for the week!

Try easy recipes like Coconut Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Butternut Squash to start.

Roasted Butternut Squash

There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by roasting for the week. This simple video by home-cooking visionary Tamar Adler will inspire and educate.

5. Be a Weekday Warrior when you start your day with a green smoothie and a 365 Everyday Value® Multivitamin.

Need a glorious green smoothie recipe? Try one of these: Double Green Smoothie and Get Your Greens Smoothie.

Double Greens Smoothie Get Your Greens Smoothie

6. A Little Something Sweet

Swap out candy gummies for freeze-dried fruits — enjoy yummy fruit flavor without the yucky stuff.

7. Love Cheese?

Choose full-flavored cheeses — a little goes a long way in greens, soups and salads.

Our cheesemongers can help you select just the right cheese, and cut-to-order just what you need, too. These two recipes feature small amounts of flavorful cheese amid nutritious ingredients: Wilted Watercress with Orange and Feta and Portobellos Stuffed with Greens and Blue.

We’d love to hear your ideas for easy diet and lifestyle tweaks that make the path to healthy eating a little smoother. Share with us in the comments below!

 

 

Category: Healthy Eating

 

14 Comments

Comments

Dana says ...
This are good tips but I need more. I can roast veggies but then what do I do with them? :)
01/03/2013 1:38:26 PM CST
Mingz Eclecticcreations says ...
These are some great looking ideas. I 've always wanted to know of some ideas in helping my body change to a healthier diet. Thanks for this. Mingz Eclectic Creations.
01/03/2013 1:57:25 PM CST
AJ says ...
Great Ideas!!!!
01/03/2013 2:55:51 PM CST
Sam Stovall says ...
Saved the link and plan to try use to gain better habits - thank you
01/03/2013 6:39:19 PM CST
Kate says ...
@Dana - besides in side dishes and on their own, roasted veggies are great in salads and wraps. They're my go-to for filling me up at lunchtime. I stuff a tortilla with roasted veggies, some mashed beans, salsa or hot sauce, and whatever else strikes my fancy....yum!
01/05/2013 7:33:31 PM CST
Ruins says ...
Fabulous Post. I'm going to add to my blog and link it back!!! :o)
01/10/2013 6:57:39 PM CST
Barry Jason Cordell says ...
2 cups raw almonds, 2 cups morning o's 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup of dried bananas (1/4 cup chocolate pieces optional) this makes a great and healthy snack!
01/10/2013 9:48:58 PM CST
Amanda says ...
These are all great tips and a lot of these things I do myself. I am a Dietitian and am always looking for healthy ideas to share with my patients! Thank you for posting these.
01/11/2013 10:36:11 AM CST
chunwang says ...
my love
01/16/2013 9:09:31 AM CST
Heather S. Duffy says ...
One of my favorites! 1 Tsp Olive Oil Chopped garlic to taste Fresh baby spinach Chopped wild mushroom Splash of white wine (or water) Juice of 1/2 a lemon salt and pepper to taste Saute garlic in olive oil, add the mushrooms and cook until slightly tender. Add the wine, lemon, salt and pepper. Slightly wilt the spinach in with the mushrooms. Serve over 1/2 cup quinoa Weight Watchers points = 4 Calories= About 180 Great flavor!
01/17/2013 11:18:41 AM CST
Ellen Moore says ...
I committed to myself to walk briskly at least 40 minutes each day. When it's too rainy or cold to walk to and from work, at lunch I go to a nearby mall and walk briskly 40 minutes in the mall (which is blissfully unpopulated now that holiday shopping is done). I eat less, stress less, and sleep better. Costs me nothing but time and the energy to burn some calories.
01/17/2013 12:39:34 PM CST
April says ...
I agree with Dana, what is quinoa, how do I cook it and what does it taste like. Same with the other items, recipies would be nice.
01/21/2013 12:10:09 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@APRIL - Quinoa is an ancient grain that originated in the Andean region of South America and was successfully domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. You can typically replace quinoa in recipes where rice is called for. It has a similar light, fluffy texture to rice but is a bit smaller. Quinoa also comes in a few different varieties like rice does. To cook quinoa, I would suggest following the instructions included with the package or recipe. You can click on any of the recipes/photos above and you will be taken to the full recipe. You can find a list of quinoa recipes on our site at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/search/quinoa.
01/25/2013 3:09:42 PM CST
Marisa Procopio says ...
Dana--roasted veggies are also great tossed in with scrambled eggs as the eggs are cooking. Some extra herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage along with Parmesan cheese can go in, too, and fresh minced garlic if you like a kick. It's filling, delicious, and really good for you.
01/31/2013 8:12:31 PM CST