“If sweets are your weakness, remove the jars or bags of candy, and put fresh fruit on the counter instead,” Phoebe suggests. “If you want to reduce the white flour in your diet, start by substituting a whole wheat or rice-based pasta for white pasta.”
Here are some other substitutions Canakis mentioned: Soda with tea. Chips and pretzels with hummus and vegetables. Licorice and gummy bears with dried fruits. Cookies with homemade granola bars.
“Elimination is not easy, but making healthier choices is empowering,” Canakis says.
“From my own experience they get thrown overboard faster than you know it,” says food writer and gardener Nadia Hassani about New Year’s resolutions. “It’s better to make resolutions in shorter intervals, for example, at the beginning of a new month or season, and re-assess more often what you want to do differently.”
“I would like to see more people using more fresh, locally sourced ingredients and making things from scratch, which automatically leads to healthier nutrition and better tasting food,” Hassani said.
Hassani suggested preservation as something to adopt, too.
“If you have a space in the freezer, freeze as many fruits and vegetables at harvest peak as you have room for,” Hassani says. “For example, freeze blueberries and other berries you picked at the blueberry patch for smoothies, or freeze whole tomatoes for soups, stews, pasta sauce, etc.”
“Incorporating more fresh, local ingredients in your diet connects you more to the place where you live—not just to the farmers or markets where you shop, but maybe it also changes the way you look at your own backyard, if you consider growing some of your own food,” Hassani said.
Here is a smoothie recipe Hassani offered for sipping in the new year.
“It is an easy, effortless and tasty way to eat more fruit, especially when it is not in season,” Hassani said about this recipe. As a consultant for Allrecipes, Hassani noted that the first major food trend for 2015 is fresh fruit beverages.
Harvest Bounty Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 2 Servings 1x
- Category: Smoothie
- 2 cups mixed frozen fruits (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, melon and/or peach chunks etc.)
- 1 ripe frozen banana, sliced (I always freeze overripe bananas’ this is a great way of using them)
- Good bottled orange juice, as needed
- Preparation: Put all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until very smooth, adding as much orange juice as needed to keep the blade running. Pour into tall glasses, and serve immediately.