With the new year fast approaching, it is important to set positive goals for yourself to achieve as 2018 begins. Here are some quick and simple nutrition tips and goals to have as new years resolutions to start off a new year with healthy nutrition and yummy foods.
- Eat breakfast everyday! Your first meal can help to get the body energized in the morning. Include important nutrients in breakfast that might be missed later in the day. Carbohydrates are going to provide that good boost of energy. Fiber in breakfast, like oatmeal or cereal, helps to eliminate cholesterol and keep you feeling full until lunch. Calcium and vitamin D rich foods in breakfast, like milk and yogurt, help to build strong bones and a strong immune system. If you are in a rush, grab a quick on-the-go breakfast like a granola bar or fresh fruit.
- Read the labels! Food labels provide us with a wealth of information about a product. Nutrient contents and even a full list of all the ingredients. Checking food labels for key percentages or ingredients is a simple way to become more mindful of the products you consume. Check for the magic number of 10%. If an item has more than 10% of healthy nutrients like fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium or iron, it is a good source of nutrients; if an item has more than 10% of nutrients like saturated fat, sodium, or cholesterol it may not be the most healthy item.
- Drink more water! Water helps to keep the body hydrated and a hydrated body can perform all of its necessary functions much more easily. Water aids in digestion and keeps skin looking young and glowing. Try carrying a water bottle around with you. Bottles with cool designs or shapes can make it more personal to carry with you and having it there will force you to take more sips.
Adopting simple and basic nutrition techniques is a great way to start establishing healthy habits!