As we all begin to think about our New Year’s resolutions for 2018, “getting healthy” ranks among one of the most common goals people set for themselves — it’s often at the top of the list. However, according to an article posted on HuffingtonPost.com, up to 80 percent of resolutions are abandoned by February due to the fact that most people set overly ambitious or restrictive goals, set too many goals or they simply quit after a minor setback. With a plan of action, including a pantry full of Traina Foods all natural dried fruit, you can maintain a healthy diet all year long while enjoying delicious and flavorful meals.
One of the best ways to stick to any resolution is to have a plan. When it comes to eating healthy, meal planning is a great way to be prepared for any mealtime situation. Packing individual cups of yogurt topped with a few teaspoons of nuts, seeds and Traina Foods dried fruit bits medleys and storing them in the fridge is a quick and easy way to start the morning off right when the family is in a hurry. They are portable, too, so you can “grab and go” on particularly hectic mornings. For a healthy make-ahead lunchtime option, fold Traina Foods dried cranberries into some chicken salad and serve with lettuce cups. Making use of a crockpot makes easy work of dinner on busy evenings. Hearty apricot pork tenderloin is not only warm and soothing after a long day, topping it with Traina Foods dried apricot rings makes for beautiful presentation — after all, we eat with our eyes first.
Make Smart Swaps
When it comes to snacking, people generally reach for salty, crunchy items like chips or crackers. The problem is these foods generally have little or no nutritional value, and are considered “empty calories” — so even if you overindulge on these snack foods, you’re likely to be hungry (or feel the urge to eat again) soon after. It’s also important to discern real hunger from boredom or a passing craving. Instead of giving in to your instinct to just grab a snack, try waiting it out by drinking a glass of water, taking a brief walk or texting a friend. If you still feel hungry, swap out those empty calories for dried fruit — high in nutritional value, and rich in fiber, which fuels the body and keeps you feeling fuller longer. When it comes to satisfying a sweet tooth, dates can be used in many recipes to serve as a natural sweetener — a healthy alternative to processed white sugar and chemical-laden artificial sweeteners.
We’re not suggesting you give up meat altogether, but substituting a few vegetarian meals throughout the week can make a difference in your health. Traina Foods naturally sun dried tomatoes are packed with flavor (so you’ll never miss the meat!) and are also a great source of protein and fiber. Sprinkle them in salads, pair them with whole grain pasta or create a tasty Italian sandwich with your favorite veggies of choice.
With a little dedication, creativity and Traina Foods dried fruit options, you can achieve your get healthy goals in 2018! For recipe inspiration and to order, visit TrainaFoods.com.