Fit Food Finds: Keep Your NEW YEARS Diet Healthy

Fit Food Finds: Keep Your NEW YEARS Diet Healthy

Fit Food Finds: Keep Your NEW YEARS Diet Healthy

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to improve your dietary habits, here are a few useful suggestions that can keep your plans on track and help make 2018 a healthy one for you and yours.

Get up a little earlier in the morning. When you're not rushed in the morning, it is likely that you and your family will have more time to prepare and eat a nutritious breakfast.

Eat your veggies and fruits. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recently reported that only 1 in 10 people in the United States meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations. Depending on age and sex, federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1 to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. Take along fruit like apples, grapes and clementines or vegetables like carrots and celery for easy snacking.

Don't Skip Meals. A regular diet of 3 small meals is thought to be better for digestion and weight control than bingeing on one or two large meals each day.

Hydrate and hydrate some more. Whether you are exercising or sitting at an office desk, good hydration is essential to good health. The 8x8 rule is an easy one to remember meaning 8 servings of 8 ounces of water.<

Spice up your life. If you want to reduce salt in your diet, consider substituting it with garlic powder and other salt-free spices and herbs that flavor your food. When dining out, you can specify to your server that you don't want your food salted as it is being prepared.

Push the plate away. Portion control is essential to eating well. There's a big difference between savoring good food and overindulging. Put aside some of your serving for another meal, especially if you have a large portion when dining out.

Plan ahead. People eat fast food and snack on the run when they don't plan their meals in advance. Making a weekly meal plan is also good for families and gives them a greater incentive to eat together.

Read labels. Being knowledgeable about the foods you buy will helps a great deal. You'd be surprised how different the calorie counts and sodium levels can be on similar products.

Cook together. If you like to cook, have fun doing it with a friend or family member. Remember, kids love to cook. To offer nutritious meals, check out new recipes that use healthy ingredients.

Making minor adjustments and thinking about maintaining a good diet can help you stay healthy throughout the year.

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Marina Kennedy Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for on performances and performers in New York and New Jersey. She is the Editor in Chief of BWW's Food & Wine and the Senior New Jersey Editor. She also has a blog in BWW Food & Wine, "Marina's Menu" and a column in BWW, "Fit Food Finds." Her interest in fitness, dance, and theatre stem from the many years she owned and operated a dance school, "Dance Unlimited" in New Jersey. She enjoys an active journalism career and loves writing for You can follow Marina on Twitter and Instagram @marinapk6.