Still reeling from last year’s indulgences? You don’t have to anymore! It’s a new year and it’s time for a new beginning. So put down your goals for the year and get that wellness plan on track. And if you need some motivation, how about a gorgeous basket bursting with treats you could win by telling us your resolutions?
If it all seems too daunting, we’re here to help! Our in-house experts have rounded up some simple tips and our favorite healthy food swaps. They don’t take much effort and can do you a world of good. Some treats will even feel a little sinful (though they aren’t!). Take inspiration from these and indulge guilt-free.
1. Start The Morning With A Zing In Your Step
Waking up early can be a drag. But it’s the best time to squeeze in a little me-time (you deserve this). Wake up about 15–20 minutes earlier than you normally do and keep this up
2. Trade Your Morning Cuppa Joe For Some Green Tea
Need a cup of joe to get your morning going? Switch to green tea for its amazing fat-burning and heart-protective benefits, and for a dose of antioxidants – these guys prevent cell damage.2 We like sipping on Green Tea from Teabox to kickstart our day.
3. Grab A Pre-Workout Snack Before Hitting The Gym
Like hitting the gym in the morning? Load up on calcium and protein before you step out to prep those muscles. These can boost your performance when you work out, help with post-workout recovery, improve strength, and build lean body mass better.3 Almond Fudge Whey Protein Bar from Yoga Bar works as a great pre-workout snack.
4. Detox At Breakfast
And now onto breakfast! Eat eggs and toast or a bowl of oatmeal. Here’s a tip – fitness buffs recommend that you never leave the house in the morning without having a glass of OJ or some fresh fruit. These work well to give you the vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant boost needed to detox your system. If you’re low on time, cleansing juices are a great way to detox while getting in the nutrition. Orange juice combined with carrot and ginger works to strengthen your immunity, boost the skin’s natural glow, and power your brain for the day.4 5 A quick way to get your amped-up OJ is with a glass of “Shield” from Raw Pressery’s Fiber Cleanse range.
5. Add Some Healthy Crunch At Lunch!
For lunch, swap leftover dinners for something fresh and full of vitamins. Go Mediterranean! Whip up a leafy salad using spinach, baby carrots, olives, and feta cheese. Top it with watermelon seeds for a layer of crunchiness, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. These seeds are also rich in iron, magnesium, and copper – a perfect combination of nutrients to keep your blood sugar and blood pressure in check.6 We like the Roasted Watermelon Seeds from Nature’s Basket.
6. Get Your Hands On Some Wholesome Snacks
For those nasty post-lunch hunger pangs, try whole-grain snacks made from ragi or oats which can lift your mood and even keep you full for longer. Did you know eating whole grains regularly can even increase your lifespan?7 Pick something that’s low in sugar and you’re good to go. We love the 6 Grain Stix Tangy Pickle from The Green Snack Co. These are made out of 6 super-healthy grains including ragi, soya, and sorghum. And the tanginess
7. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth – The Healthy Way!
Love your cupcakes and icecream but trying to be good in the new year? You don’t really have to give up all things sweet! Fruit can be a good substitute for rich desserts. Or treat yourself to a spoon or two of all-natural marmalade. Made from the peels of citrus fruits, marmalade is high in vitamins and has zero fat. We can’t get enough of the Three-Fruit Marmalade from Bhuira Jam! With no added preservatives and artificial coloring, this fruity jam is a mix of santra, kinnow, and gulgul. It is both nutritious and perfect for a nagging sweet tooth. You could also have this as a breakfast option smeared on crisp whole-wheat toast or swirled into Greek yogurt.
So, there you go. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be boring and uninspired. These awesome products more than deliver on flavor, color, and texture – and are good for you too! Just get started and you’ll soon have a list of your own favorites before the year is out. Let us know what worked for you. Here’s to a healthier and stronger you!
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|↑2||Diepvens, Kristel, Klaas R. Westerterp, and Margriet S.
|↑3||Stark, Matthew, Judith Lukaszuk, Aimee Prawitz, and Amanda Salacinski. “Protein timing and its effects on muscular hypertrophy and strength in individuals engaged in weight-training.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 9, no. 1 (2012): 54.|
|↑4||Kean, Rebecca J., Daniel J. Lamport, Georgina F. Dodd, Jayne E. Freeman, Claire M. Williams, Judi A. Ellis, Laurie T. Butler, and Jeremy PE Spencer. “Chronic consumption of flavanone-rich orange juice is associated with cognitive benefits: an 8-wk, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in
|↑5||Mashhadi, Nafiseh Shokri, Reza Ghiasvand, Gholamreza Askari, Mitra Hariri, Leila Darvishi, and Mohammad Reza Mofid. “Anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger in health and physical activity: review of current evidence.” International journal of preventive medicine 4 (2013).|
|↑6||Betty Tabiri, Jacob K. Agbenorhevi,
|↑7||More whole grains linked with lower mortality. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.|