Zucchini Noodle Carbonara

5 Healthy Eating Resolutions for 2018

With a new year come New Year’s resolutions, and a lot of resolutions center around eating healthier and losing weight. In the beginning of January, it’s exciting to create that heathy eating plan, but by the 20th, the hopefulness usually starts to fade. Don’t lose your motivation this year! Sandy Wolner, Pampered Chef Food & Trend Innovator, has a few healthy eating tips to help you stick with your goals this year.

1. Replace, replace, replace. When we remove things from our diet, we feel deprived. Instead of eliminating “bad” foods, focus on replacing them with healthier foods. As an alternative to regular pasta, I’ll choose whole wheat pasta. Think of it as enhancing your diet as opposed to punishing yourself with deprivation. 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 your meat consumption by 15%. A couple of my absolute favorite meatless recipes are Spicy Sesame Cauliflower and Roasted Vegetable Toasts.
  • Try ancient grains instead of the standard brown rice. Ancient grains offer a variety of tastes, textures, and nutrients, and some are even gluten-free. Add quinoa, millet, barley, sorghum, spelt, or amaranth to your grocery list this year. 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, it gives us more energy, improves our moods, and extends our lives.

Sandy Wolner, 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.

11 Responses to 5 Healthy Eating Resolutions for 2018

  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

  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.

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