We are quickly approaching the New Year and a time of resolutions. Life has changed drastically over the last year. It’s easy to want to reset with a new diet, exercise plan, detox or weight loss journey. Instead of setting restrictive goals for ourselves, lets focus on what we can add this year.
Add Joyful Movement.
A few ideas are going for walks, play with kids or pets, dance around the living room, or try a new virtual exercise class. Find a form of movement you actually enjoy!
Cook more variety.
Make one new recipe a week. This will add more variety to your diet and keep cooking fun. Blog options: gimmesomeoven.com, pinchofyum.com, cookieandkate.com, immaeatthat.com, and budgetbytes.com.
Set aside 10-30 minutes for yourself. Do something that will help you relax and relieve stress. You can do puzzles, journal, plan the week (realistically), start a new hobby such as crocheting, knitting, or painting.
Add fruits and vegetables to your day.
Try to add one more serving of fruits and vegetables to your day. Here are some ways to do that. Plan for fruit as a snack. Add vegetables to dinner such as a salad, roasted broccoli, or sautéed summer squash. Start putting lettuce, spinach, or tomatoes on sandwiches.
If you want more ideas of weight neutral health goals for the new year, ask your dietitian.
Information gathered & adapted from: Evolution RDs, https://danceswithfat.org/2018/01/01/non-diet-new-years-resolutions/, https://www.stephaniedodier.com/episodes/health-goal/
Brussels Sprout Parmesan Pasta
8 ounces uncooked pasta
1 Tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces Brussels sprouts, shredded (with ends trimmed off)
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 Tablespoon butter
2 ounces grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1. Boil a large pot of water. Cook pasta until 1 minute shy of al dente.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add shredded Brussels sprouts and garlic. Season with salt and lots of black pepper. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Once pasta is ready, reserve 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water. Drain pasta and add to saute pan with Brussels sprouts.
4. Add remaining olive oil, butter, starchy pasta water, and sprinkle Parmesan evenly over the top of the pasta. Remove the saute pan from the heat.
5. Toss all together for about 1 minute, or until the cheese has melted evenly into a sauce. If the sauce seem dry, add additional pasta water.
6. Serve pasta warm, garnished with lots of toasted pine nuts, and enjoy!
Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Nutrition Information per Serving: 20 grams total fat, 5.6 grams of saturated fat, 40 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 14 grams protein, 431 milligrams sodium, 416 milligrams potassium, 1.6 grams sugar
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