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New Year’s Resolutions: Set Yourself up for Success

Elena Harrington

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Dec 30th, 2015

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The close of a year and welcoming another is a time for reflection and planning. Now that you have celebrated the New Year in style, it’s time to enter this year striving to make it a healthy, happy and productive new opportunity.

With Americans leading increasingly busy, fast-paced lives, it can seem daunting to pursue new resolutions, but investing in your health will undoubtedly make every aspect of your life more positive. We have some simple, healthy recipes and practical tips to make this year the healthiest and happiest year yet. There is no doubt the glow of a healthier life will bring positivity to everything from your relationships to your work and everything in between!

Produce & Protein First

Including more fruits and veggies in your diet is a great first step to achieving better health. Packed with fiber and a plethora of nutrients, as well as hydration, fruits and vegetables help nourish health with vitamins, minerals and also aid digestion. When selecting produce, remember to choose a variety of colors and varieties for optimal nutrition. Filling your plate with a diversity of colors is a simple way to make sure you are getting more nutrients! Stir-fry and salads are great ways to introduce more produce into your diet.

Protein is another essential nutrient to add to your healthy diet. Protein provides fuel, keeps you full and helps build muscle. For protein, don’t just think meat! Quinoa and flax seed are packed with protein and fiber to balance your diet. Try this Layered Quinoa Salad for a nutrient-dense, quick lunch for busy weekdays!

Layered Quinoa Salad

Blend It

Smoothies are an incredibly simple and delicious way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Not a huge veggie fan? The fruit in your smoothie helps sweeten the flavor while still packing in all the nutrients of the ingredients.

Experiment with interesting ingredients to mix up your morning green drink! This Emerald Energizer Smoothie is the perfect way to include a variety of produce and protein into your daily diet. Try this smoothie for a quick breakfast or post-workout snack to energize you throughout the day.

Emerald Energizer

Stay on Track

Busy weeknights can drive you to grab fast food for something quick, but a bit of planning can help alleviate the temptation to break your resolution even on the go. Remember to fill your plate with a variety of nutrient-dense, protein-packed items to stabilize your energy levels and avoid late-night snacking.

This Big Beef & Bleu Cheese Salad with Red Onion Vinaigrette is a hearty dinner salad packed with protein, fiber and flavor for a simple and satisfying dinner option for busy evenings!

Big Beef Salad 2

Glow from Within

Add super foods to your beauty routine for glowing skin this year. Healthy skin starts from the inside out. Fueling your body with nutrient-packed foods and ample hydration is the first step toward beautiful skin. However, super foods aren’t just for eating! Try including some of these items into your skincare routine for an all-natural, more affordable option in the pursuit of glowing skin! Everything from honey to avocado to green tea and raw sugar can help you take your beauty routine to the next level!

Green Tea Avocado Face Mask 1

This Green Tea Avocado Face Mask is a great way to energize and moisturize skin. The green tea stimulates skin, while the rich, creamy avocado helps hydrate. Try this mask in the evening with an herbal tea nightcap for a night of restful beauty sleep.

Green Tea Avocado Mask 3

Stay on track this January with these practical, simple recipes and tips to help you achieve the healthiest, happiest year yet!

For additional tips and inspiration for a healthier year, check out our Fruits + Veggies Pinterest board

For more New Year’s resolution inspiration for a new you, click here!

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