So, how’s that New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and exercise more coming along? “Wait, what?” Hmm, let us help refresh your memory.
Toast to Finally Achieving that New Year’s Resolution (or so we hope)
Wasn’t it back on New Year’s Eve (2018 feels so long ago) when you declared to everyone in the room that this would be the year you finally commit to accomplishing your resolution? No excuses you said. You stated with conviction you would devote all of your time and energy to CRUSHING (all caps means business) the diet and fitness game. January 2 (no way you’re starting a diet on New Year’s Day with hangover hunger) comes. You start big (remember, you’re all in) by purging all the junk food and anything that resembles being unhealthy (microwavable chicken taquitos got to go) that could trip you up from crossing the finish line. Next, it’s time to jot down a list of healthy alternatives (soup is an excellent choice) to pick up at the grocery store. “Awesome, this is great!” Before hitting up the groceries, you make a pit stop at your local gym to get signed up. After 20 minutes of circling the parking lot for a spot, you get in and boom, you’re gym membership official!
Double-DONK! Resolution Misses the Uprights
The “big game” happens in February. Meanwhile, your resolution took a major hit (pun intended for sure). “Heck, why did I have to go for the meatball-stuffed football bread and sangria?” That’s okay. You may have to dash-and-juke your way through the gym, but remember from New Year’s Eve, no excuses. Then it happens, you stop going and the healthy food train goes off the rails. The silver lining out of all of this? Well, you’re not alone (that’s good, right?). 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by Valentine’s Day.
Spring. Rejuvenation. Rebirth.
And so here we are today. Your kitchen pantry looks more like the candy aisle at the grocery store and your gym card is; wait, where is your card? Yeah, exactly. Okay, so, all is not lost. It’s spring, and our friend, George Costanza (Seinfeld references will never get old) can sum up the season best for us. Everything about spring, from the sun shining past five o’clock to the smell of flowers (gesundheit) and of course baseball, puts us in good spirits. Plus, as George said it best, it’s the season of rebirth and rejuvenation. So, why can’t you give your New Year’s resolution a reboot? Ah, you can.
Let’s start with the workout portion of your resolution. The stationary bike or treadmill positioned directly in front of the flat screen TV airing Golden Girls reruns not really the motivation you were seeking to get you through the final minutes of your run? The great thing about spring is the days get longer and the temperatures get warmer. Rather than run in place in a crowded gym, get outside and experience nature while getting your steps in. And, we just so happen to know of a place.
4 Foods You Need to Add to Your Diet, Right Now
Okay, cool, we’re making progress. Now, onto eating healthier. First and foremost, let’s go back through those kitchen cabinets and clean out all of the sugary snacks you’ve been stock piling (you never know when the next Twinkie shortage will hit). See, one of the perks of spring is many foods are in season, making them more affordable, fresher and heck a lot healthier with the highest amount of flavor and nutritional value. We pride ourselves on delivering farm-to-table recipes using only the freshest ingredients and homegrown foods. With that in mind, here are the foods you should really incorporate within your spring diet and finally achieve that New Year’s resolution of yours.
Did you know carrots are one of the healthiest vegetables on Earth? They are loaded with vitamin A and contain beta-carotene, which give carrots that bright orange color and most importantly, keep you healthy. If you’re feeling real adventurous, carrots roasted at 104 degrees Fahrenheit contain as many as three times more antioxidants (prevent or delay some types of cell damage) than raw carrots.
Speaking of antioxidants, egg yolk contains this compound that helps keep your eyes healthy (crush your next eye examination), reduces the risk of macular degeneration and may even protect your skin from UV damage.
The statistics are a bit concerning as Americans consume just half of the recommended serving size of fish. This should be a no-brainer (no, really, fish is good for the brain). Fish is lean and contains key nutrients to healthy living, including protein, selenium, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, there’s an abundance of healthy and tasty fish options available to you.
Spring is peak season for strawberries. And guess what? The Mahoning Valley happens to be home to a plethora of local farms that produce some of the sweetest and juiciest strawberries you’ll ever sink your teeth into. This delicious fruit is low in calories and high in fiber. Plus, strawberries can reduce the risk of cardiovascular and heart disease.