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

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

1. 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.

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.

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!