5 Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

With a New Year come New Year’s resolutions. At the beginning of January, it’s exciting to create that healthy eating plan, but by Jan. 20, the hopefulness usually starts to fade. Don’t lose your motivation this year! Sandy Wolner, Pampered Chef Food & Trend Innovator, has a few helpful tips for sticking with your goals. 1. Replace, replace, replace. When we remove things from our diet, we feel deprived. Focus filling your plate with foods that make you feel great. As an alternative to regular pasta, choose whole wheat pasta. Think of it as enhancing your diet as opposed to punishing yourself. Recipes like Zucchini Noodle Carbonara, Cauliflower Fried “Rice,” and Baked Avocado Tacos give you the flavor of the original recipe, but with more nutritional benefits.
Baked Avocado Tacos
2. Don’t aim for perfection. Along with deprivation comes overindulgence. If you aim for perfection in your diet, you’ll quickly burn out and give up. One mistake or slip-up isn’t a catastrophe! It means you’re human, and it might actually help you stick with your healthy eating plan. If you give in to your cravings occasionally, you’ll stop having them. Just stick with smaller portions and enjoy yourself. 3. Focus on small and simple changes that add up. Drinking more water can have a big impact on your overall health, and it helps promote fullness and trim calorie intake. And, did you know that many people confuse thirst with hunger? Making infused water is a great way to keep up with your water intake and prevent boredom.
Everything Citrus Water
4. Try something new! One of my resolutions is to try one new healthy recipe or one new vegetable per week. This keeps me out of a dinner rut and expands my family’s eating horizons. Here are a couple of ways you can start incorporating new recipes and ingredients into your dinners this year:
  • Start a meatless Monday tradition. Meatless Mondays is an initiative set by the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health and is becoming a global movement. The goal is to reduce meat consumption by 15%. A couple of my absolute favorite meatless recipes are Spicy Sesame Cauliflower and Roasted Vegetable Toasts.
  • Try ancient grains like quinoa, millet, barley, sorghum, spelt, or amaranth instead of the standard brown rice. Ancient grains offer a variety of tastes, textures, and nutrients, and some are even gluten-free. And don’t feel like you have to prepare grains as a standard boiled or steamed side dish—get creative with a recipe like Mexican Quinoa Bowl.
5. Keep your eye on the prize. Sure, we’re all inspired by looking great. However, this type of motivation doesn’t always last. Think about how living healthier can improve your everyday life. Not only does eating well help shed pounds, but it also gives us more energy, improves our moods, and extends our lives. This post has been updated since it was originally posted in December 2017.
Sandy Wolner, Pampered Chef Food & Trend Innovator

Sandy Wolner, Pampered Chef Food & Trend Innovator. Sandy is a registered dietitian nutritionist and loves coming up with creative and healthy recipes to bring families around the table.

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16 Responses to 5 Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

  1. Elaine Jefferson January 2, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    I am enthusiastic about getting back into Pampered chef. I love the products and love prepping, and preparing gourmet style meals for my family and friends.

  2. Kathleen Flynn January 2, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    Food service did away with meatless Monday was not popular with students in colleges and other school

  3. Karen January 2, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    Wow! I’m impressed. As a whole food plant-based eater, I’m glad to see a vegan recipe in your collection. And it looks like most of the other recipes can be veganized (maybe not the one with bacon, half and half and cheese). In honor of Veganuary, why not try eating healthy for the entire month, not just on Mondays. After all, who wants just 15% less heart disease or diabetes? Thanks for the article!

  4. Sharon Giles January 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    Thank u for the tips for healthy meals

  5. Sharon Giles January 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    Thank u for the tips for healthy meals need more choices

    • Juana Plaisance January 24, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

      Are all these recipes in a Pampered Chef cookbook?

      • Kathy Gregory April 25, 2022 at 6:22 am #

        Juana, I hope by now you’ve found an answer to your question about a Pampered Chef cookbook. While there is not an actual “hands-on” cookbook, there are over 1000 recipes on our website, plus your consultant can give you e-cookbooks for a bunch of products and foods. Happy cooking!

  6. Sabrina Garcia January 3, 2018 at 6:17 am #

    I love the idea of starting anew plan for health. I ordered the bar pan.

  7. Annalisa January 3, 2018 at 11:54 pm #

    Well said! When we deprive ourselves it can lead to failure. Moderate don’t eliminate. Every little bit helps so if we take baby steps and accomplish those small goals it will lead to bigger ones with success. We have to start somewhere and meatless Monday’s may be the key to introducing those who don’t eat enough vegetables with a way to fill in the gap a little.

  8. Fran January 13, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

    Loved the idea that as we eliminate that we should replace with something healthy. Slip in smaller portions. Helps as well.

  9. Allyson Guerin January 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    Such great ideas! I’ll happily pass them along to my customers!

  10. Ginger Weber January 28, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your tips! They are great ideas!

  11. Jan Lemmons October 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    is week I have learned how to grate ginger and how to cook Tofu. Tofu with fresh green beans, carrots, bok choy and onion is absolutely awesome. Found a recipe that make it taste so good with a sauce that had Rice vinegar, Sesame oil, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, ginger and garlic. I added salt and lots of pepper (because I like lots of pepper and less salt) as I cooked the vegetables. Used coconut oil to fry the tofu after coating it with corn starch. Not totally healthy but the non-healthy was in small amounts. I used a lot of vegetables to offset the sugar and other ingredients. Great recipe from online. Just Google recipe tofu and vegetables or tofu and bok choy and you should find a number of them out there. I feel healthier already eating tofu instead of beef.

    • Darla Martinez January 28, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

      Do you have a cookbook with vegetarian or vegan recipes?

  12. Sharon Brown-Friday January 28, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

    I haven’t tried the vegan recipes yet; but they look mouth watering – hope they are as good as they look! I’m currently on a 21-day fast and look forward to expanding my horizons. Thank you so much!

  13. Elaine January 28, 2020 at 6:19 pm #

    Loved the idea that as we eliminate that we should replace with something healthy. Plus for me, to try 2 new recipes a month rather than 1 per week, easier to fit that into my schedule.

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