New Years Resolutions

3 Jan

by Green Gourmet L

Happy New Year everyone! The Green Gourmets are looking forward to a year filled with great food, good health, and making informed choices. We wanted to share our resolutions with you:

1)   Cook more often

Even we at the Green Gourmets have to motivate ourselves to cook after a long day. It’s so easy to just go out and grab lunch, dinner, even breakfast.  But, like exercise, the more you do it, the more it gets to be a routine. Anyone can be a cook, just pick up your knife and get started!

  • Buy a good knife- you can prepare your meal in half the time and it will likely last a lifetime.  
  • Stock your pantry with the essentials (olive oil, stock, beans, rice, whole grains, vinegar, mustard to name a few).
  • Buy herbs and spices.

  • Make more than you need, leftovers ensure that you don’t have to cook every night.

2) Choose good fats

Some fats are part of a well-balanced diet, and everyone needs fat to survive.  Here are some ways to incorporate healthy fats into your life:

 

  • Add nuts, avocados, canola based mayo and vinaigrettes to your salads and sandwiches.
  • Unsweetened coconut and dark chocolate are good choices for filling a sweet craving.
  • Use olive oil when sautéing.
  • Choose fish loaded with Omega-3 like sardines, salmon, or rainbow trout.
  • Avoid anything with “partially hydrogenated” in the label.
  • Get to know which low-fat and fat-free products taste good (some fat-free cheeses and yogurts taste like plastic and are not worth the wasted calories or your money).

 

3) Try new, local things

 Keeps it interesting and supports the community!

  • Try a new recipe, try a weird looking vegetable, try tofu! And don’t be afraid to try something again if it didn’t go well the first time.
  • Take a trip to an ethnic restaurant or market.
  • Sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which delivers fresh fruits and vegetables based on what’s harvested on the farm.
  • Buy your fresh produce from your local farmer’s market.

 

4)  Grow something!

Even if you just manage to keep some parsley or basil alive in your windowsill for a little while, grow something to include in your meals.  You will feel invested in what you’re eating and realize the pleasure of eating fresh herbs, fruits, or vegetables from your own garden.

5)  Indulge consciously

The key to healthy eating is splurging well but in moderation.

  • Make meat an indulgence instead of a staple at every meal.
  • Buy the best cheese and chocolate you can, it’s worth it!
  • Take yourself out for a great meal at a local restaurant.
  • 1-2 oz of dark chocolate and 1 serving of alcohol (beer, wine, liquor) is actually good for you! Bonus!

January is time for a new start and we hope you are on board! The Green Gourmets will be bringing you lots of information, recipes, and interesting facts in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!

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5 Responses to “New Years Resolutions”

  1. Cindy January 3, 2011 at 7:03 AM #

    Great tips for all those New Year’s resolutions!

  2. Tammy McLeod January 3, 2011 at 7:21 AM #

    These are all great tips for a new year. I hope you’ll do a progress report from time to time.

  3. Haywood January 3, 2011 at 10:10 AM #

    This is awesome! I am going to repost this to my blog since this is what I will be following to help with my New Year’s Resolution! Thanks!

  4. Paula January 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM #

    This is a really high quality website and I’m very impressed with your content and commentary! Forwarded to my book club and I’ve gotten great comments back from the girls – keep it coming!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. A Shared Adventure- CSA « The Green Gourmets - January 17, 2011

    […] When we signed up for the next season, we split the 2 person share with Green Gourmet K and her Husband. This ended up being the perfect amount of veggies for all of us involved. Another idea would be to try the single share (for 1 person) and then supplement with weekly trips to the farmer’s market. Some CSAs even let you pick and choose which vegetables you would like as a part of your share. But we encourage you to try new things (don’t forget about our New Years Resolutions)! […]

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