We are a few weeks into 2019, but hopefully your New Year’s resolutions are still fresh in your mind. If your goal is to eat healthier, here are tips from some local pros on how you can stick to it throughout 2019.
1. Snack smart
We all like to snack. An easy way to stick to your resolutions is to think about exactly what you are putting into your body throughout the day. A fun, local, low-calorie option is Grillo’s Pickles.
“Eating healthy, flavorful food shouldn’t have to be such a struggle. Grillo’s Pickles has always only used seven fresh, clean ingredients. Our pickles are all-natural, certified kosher and vegan, providing an easy, no-prep snack. Fitting into diets like Whole30, Keto, Paleo and Weight Watchers, it’s a great feeling to know that Grillo’s Pickles can give (you) the strength to power through (your) New Year resolutions,” said Travis Grillo, founder and CEO of Grillo’s Pickles.
Grillo’s Pickles started as a push cart in Boston Common and can now be found at many supermarkets, including Whole Foods, BJ’s and Wegmans.
2. Don’t get trapped in a sad desk lunch routine
Staying motivated to eat healthy throughout the year is tough when you get stuck in a lunch rut day after day. That will drive you to choose less than ideal options when that 3 p.m. wall rolls around. Shake it up this year. Try something new. Maybe eating lighter will mean cutting out meat a few days a week.
“Sticking to a healthy New Year’s resolution can always be a challenge. By Chloe is a great way to help keep your resolutions in 2019. The By Chloe menu offers a ton of flexible and delicious options, without having to make any sacrifices,” said Samantha Wasser, co-founder and creative director of By Chloe.
By Chloe is a vegan restaurant group, with a menu focused on plant-based dishes that are packed with interesting flavor combinations. The spicy Thai salad is a crunchy, delicious option for the person who is not only trying to eat lighter but also wants something tasty to combat that Sad Desk Lunch syndrome. There are three By Chloe restaurants throughout Boston, in the Seaport, Back Bay and Fenway.
3. Reset your thinking
Don’t get discouraged by feelings of needing to “diet.” Swap unhealthy foods for more balanced dishes that are packed with flavor.
“Eating better in the New Year, or any time of year, takes on a different meaning for everyone — which is why we also offer better-for-you spins on comfort foods like our spaghetti and meatballs or grilled tomato and cheese. All of our ingredients are clean — no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives — and our beef is all-natural, so people can still feel good when enjoying our more indulgent options,” said Linh Aven, executive chef at B.Good.
When choosing lighter meal options, choose ones that are packed with flavor, so you stay satisfied longer. When you find dishes you like at your favorite take-out spots, try to re-create them at home. This salad from B.Good is a great example of something that makes for a smart take-out or make-at-home option.
CITRUS AND AVOCADO SALAD
3 c. roughly chopped and destemmed kale
1/2 c. chopped and peeled blood orange
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 1/2 radishes thinly sliced
1/2 c. sweet potato, quartered and sliced
1/8 head red cabbage thinly sliced
1/2 medium beet, roasted, peeled and diced
Chopped cilantro to taste
1/2 T. pumpkin seeds
Honey ginger dressing to taste
Marinate the kale with dressing, toss in dressing to tenderize the greens. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. Put sweet potato on baking sheet and broil for about 6 minutes until tender when poked with a fork. Assemble the salad: Kale on bottom, then sweet potato, cabbage, beets, orange, avocado and radishes. Top with pumpkin seeds, cilantro and additional dressing.