Eat right. Exercise more. Lose weight.
By January 15th, the majority of these…pledged in blood by the typical resolutioneers…have already fallen by the wayside. But, sticking with your resolutions doesn’t have to be such an arduous challenge. The key to maintaining focus on resolutions revolves around setting realistic, attainable goals. Our family’s primary resolution each year is to eat better than we have in the prior year.
Here are some tips on how we’ve achieved our goals.
1. Blend It
Smoothies offer the most versatile way to start the day on the right foot. A few months ago, my family surprised me with a Ninja blender for my birthday, and it was love at first site. Every morning, I mix up a new blend of smoothie using whatever fruits and vegetables we have on hand. It pulverizes carrots, celery, spinach…you name it. The beauty of it is that if you mix in some fruit along with the veggies, the rest of the family is none the wiser, and they happily power it down. For a power-packed combo, try blending up a handful of fruit, a handful of veggies, a scoop of plain yogurt, and a splash of orange juice. Flax seed or a handful of raw almonds are also great additions.
2. Cook It
Pass up the frozen food section at the supermarket and vow to try making a few dishes from scratch. Don’t be intimidated. We are just talking about baby steps here. Instead of frozen pizza, try making a homemade pizza…dough is SO easy…just four simple ingredients…flour, water, yeast, and salt. We started making pizza from scratch a few years ago, and we haven’t bought a frozen pizza in years. Our kids love it. We love it. We control what goes into our pizza, and it’s just as delicious without all the extra preservatives and junk.