With the New Year officially underway, you have probably made your New Year’s resolutions by now. Does your list include eating healthier in the New Year? Always a popular choice, but not always an easy one to live by!

Because we wouldn’t want those good intentions to fall by the wayside come February, we’ve made a list of simple ways to make your resolution a full-time reality. Besides, what could be more important than committing to your health?

  1. Go the extra mile. To the farmers’ market, that is! A regular trip to the market is not only a fun weekly routine, but it’s also a great way to make a connection to the food you’re eating and to those who grew it. Get to know your farmers, ask them questions about their practices. Your local farmers are also great resources for tips on preparing some of those more unfamiliar vegetables you come across. Avocado squash anyone? Read our Farmers’ Market Shopping Tips for more pointers!
  2. Eat with the seasons. Eating seasonal produce is better for your health, not to mention your wallet and even your taste buds! When you eat in season, you capture produce when it’s tastiest and most nutritious. It’s also abundant, therefore, more affordable. For a healthy supply of super fresh produce, join a CSA.
  3. Try plant-based. Eat meat, fish and dairy sparingly to improve your health (and decrease your waistline). When you do eat meat, use it to flavor your vegetables – not the other way around! Aiming for variety and abundance with your vegetables is key. Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food is a great resource for anyone interested in learning about the merits of a plant-based diet.
  4. Be a “part-time vegan.” If you’ve got the plant-based diet down pat, why not try adding a few vegan days into your week? Our founder and chef, Alain Coumont, often uses the phrase “part-time vegan,” which is a great philosophy for those who enjoy eating meat, fish and dairy in moderation.  Going vegan part-time is a great way to ensure you’re getting an abundance of fruits, vegetables and legumes and missing out on their high-fat alternatives.
  5. Eat real food. Sounds simple, but is it really? Food these days is increasingly loaded with additives and preservatives. Read labels and steer clear of ingredients you can’t pronounce or actually visualize. Eliminating processed foods will make you feel better – and your body will thank you! Check out this Safety Rating Key from CSPI for information on the full spectrum of harmless to harmful additives.

If you’re ready to start the New Year on a healthier foot, we have some great suggestions! For those of you cooking at home, check our Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook or our online recipe collection for classic, vegan and 5 minute recipe ideas.

Or drop by your local LPQ and try any one of our delicious botanical choices. We suggest starting your day with our Organic Cranberry & Banana Crunola or taking a midday pause to recharge with our Organic Lentil & Avocado Salad! If you’re interested in trying a vegan dish, look out for the little carrot symbol next to the item.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with rewarding yourself with a mini brownie every now and then. We won’t tell!

What are your New Years’ resolutions? Do you have any tips to stay on track? Share with us by commenting below!

 

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