Many people, including myself, have trouble keeping their New Year’s resolutions because they set the bar too high. Big resolutions, while made with good intentions, are often a bit broad or overwhelming, and therefore never really turn into something. Making a realistic New Year’s resolution-one that can easily fit into your life and keep-is the key to actually sticking to it.
So instead of just saying “I’m going to eat healthier this year” or “I’m going to eat less sweets”, my goal for the New Year is to actually make some of the healthy recipes I’ve been saving and have pinned on my Pinterest boards.
I know I’m not the only one who pins delicious and nutritious recipes with full intentions to make them, but never actually get around to using any of those recipes. And when I decide I want to make something, I never have all the ingredients on hand.
Making a new recipe every week is not likely; I know that. But I think with time it will get easier to try new recipes and eat healthier. It takes a few months for a habit to stick (66 days to be exact!). So my plan is to start off the year with making just two new, creative, and healthy recipes from my Pinterest board each month, and increasing it over time. I’m hoping some of the new recipes I make become healthy staples in my weekly dinner and meal planning.
Want to join me? Here’s how to make it easier to cook up a storm in 2015:
Keep frozen veggies in the freezer.
They are easy, quick, and rich in nutrients. So many of the recipes I want to make call for vegetables I don’t have in the fridge.
Stock the pantry.
Make sure you have a backlog of healthy, whole grain carbs; quinoa, brown rice, brown rice pasta (long shapes, small shapes), almond flour, oats. And don’t forget the protein! I always have chicken or ground turkey in the freezer. I will also make sure to have edamame, lentils, dry or canned beans (black, white, navy, kidney, garbanzo).
Invest in spice.
We’ve all been there – we want to make a yummy (and healthy) dish, but we literally only have salt and pepper to choose from. Spices and herbs (basil, oregano, cumin, chili powder, curry powder, garlic powder, turmeric, sea salt, crushed red pepper) are a great way to flavor meals without adding extra, unwanted fat or calories.
Keep track of the season.
I’m going to put up a list on my fridge of when vegetables and fruits are in season. Vegetables and fruits that are in season have the freshest taste and are usually the best buy. It will also be a daily reminder to make meals that incorporate more of these into my diet.
Save recipes to my phone.
When I’m at the grocery store, I don’t always feel prepared and have to Google to find what I want, wasting time and frustrating me. So instead, I’m going to save a bunch of recipes so I have them handy when I’m shopping.
These tips will make my life a lot easier when it comes time to meal plan. Not having ingredients on hand will more likely than not deter anyone from making a healthy recipe. It will also make last minute dinner decisions much easier. (I for one do not like going to the grocery store after work, when I’m hungry or when I’m just about to make a meal)