It’s January, that time of year that lends itself to making resolutions, setting goals, and deciding to do things differently in the coming months. Many of us make health-related goals to eat healthy.
Whether it’s to lose weight, eat more vegetables, watch our sodium intake, cut back on sugar after the holiday season, or simply try to be more aware of what we’re eating each day, food and health-related resolutions are on everyone’s mind right now.
Trying to “eat healthy” can be overwhelming or too vague when it comes down to figuring out what to eat, where to buy it, and how to prepare it.
That’s why we’re sharing our top 5 tips for eating healthy this year…and recommending some of our favorite recipes and products that make it easier!
Eat More Vegetables
It can be a challenge, especially in the winter season, to get enough veggies. We don’t have access to the bounty we usually do in the spring and summer months, but it’s still important to try to get those veggies in your diet.
An easy way to do that is by whipping up a roast veggie salad you can add to your lunch. All the veggies can get tossed together with light seasoning and roasted on a sheet pan before being added to a salad.
We all know drinking enough water is an essential part of living a healthy life, but it can be a struggle to do it. Most of the time water just starts to feel boring and our bodies crave more flavor.
One of our favorite “hacks” is to add a little balsamic vinegar to our water. It might sound odd, but our fruit-flavored vinegars are the perfect addition to your water bottle. Just splash a tablespoon of vinegar into your water twice a day and you’ll be well on your way to meeting your resolution this year.
Getting hungry in between planned healthy meals is a struggle, so don’t leave snacking to chance! Keep in mind that you can easily prepare healthy options with just a little planning.
A few of our favorites to keep on hand are:
Seasoned nuts like almonds
Raw veggies with hummus
Whole-grain crackers with cheese
Fresh fruit full of fiber
Replace Butter With Olive Oil
One of the simplest ways to improve your health this year is to swap out cooking with higher fats like butter with healthy oils. Swapping olive oil for butter cuts back your saturated fat intake and quality olive oil like what we sell at The Olive Branch adds a delicious, nuanced flavor.
The Olive Branch is dedicated to providing premium extra virgin olive oils, balsamic, and wine vinegars at our storefront in The Village at Winona in Winona Lake, Indiana, and through our online shop.
You can always be sure you’re receiving the freshest, healthiest oils and vinegars when you shop with us. Plan a visit to our tasting room and experience high-quality olive oil and vinegars in new ways!