Below are 5 healthy eating resolutions you can try today.
1. Eating more omega-3s
Solution: Seek out seafood
Getting more foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids might just help you keep your blood pressure down. Research suggests that omega-3s can help improve your mood, which we all need a little help with in the short, dark days of winter. Aim to get two servings of fish a week, particularly fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines and some types of tuna, which are rich in omega-3s. Not a fish lover? Opt for walnuts and flax, which are good non-fish sources of omega-3s.
2. Pile on the veggies
Solution: Get out the roasting pan
If you’re of the mind-set that “vegetables don’t taste good,” but know you should eat more of them since they’re teeming with healthy nutrients and fibre, get out your roasting pan. Roasting vegetable caramelizes their natural sugars so they taste fantastic. It’s an easy way to cook veggies for dinner—pop a pan of them in the oven and make the rest of dinner while they roast.
3. Up your fibre intake
Solution: Experiment with whole grains
Getting enough fibre may help prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and a number of cancers. And eating more fibre may help you slim down. One of the easiest ways to up your fibre intake is to eat more whole grains. Quinoa, whole-wheat couscous, bulgur and polenta are all quick-cooking options to add to your weeknight repertoire.
4. Eat less meat
Solution: Learn to like tofu!
A popular reason to cut back on meat is for environmental reasons, but you’ll be helping your heart too. When you replace meat with soy, you’ll naturally eat less saturated fat—and research shows that saturated fat increases LDL. While tofu might not have a real “flavour,” that’s what makes it so versatile—it soaks up the flavours of a stir-fry sauce or marinade like a sponge, making it taste terrific!
5. Rein in your sugar addiction
Solution: Read the labels
You’ll quickly realise just how often sugar is added to foods when you look for it on ingredients lists. Even things that you don’t think are sweet, like tomato sauce, crackers, condiments, and salad dressings can be packed with. Ingredients are listed in order of how much exists in the product, so if sugar’s near the top, that’s a red flag.
Try out the 5 Healthy Eating Resolutions!