Do you remember the resolutions you made beginning of the year? Was eating healthy part of the list? We wouldn’t want those good intentions to fall by the wayside, so we’ve made a list of simple ways to make eating well easy.

  1. Go the extra mile. To the farmers’ market, that is! A regular trip to the market is not only a fun weekly routine, but it’s also a great way to make a connection to the food you’re eating and to those who grew it. Get to know your farmers, ask them questions about their practices. Your local farmers are also great resources for tips on preparing some of those more unfamiliar vegetables you come across. Avocado squash anyone? Read our Farmers’ Market Shopping Tips for more pointers!
  2. Eat with the seasons. Eating seasonal produce is better for your health, not to mention your wallet and even your taste buds! When you eat in season, you capture produce when it’s tastiest and most nutritious. It’s also abundant, therefore, more affordable. For a healthy supply of super fresh produce, join a CSA.
  3. Try plant-based. Eat meat, fish and dairy sparingly to improve your health (and decrease your waistline). When you do eat meat, use it to flavor your vegetables – not the other way around! Aiming for variety and abundance with your vegetables is key. Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food is a great resource for anyone interested in learning about the merits of a plant-based diet.
  4. Be a “part-time vegan.” If you’ve got the plant-based diet down pat, why not try adding a few vegan days into your week? Our founder and chef, Alain Coumont, often uses the phrase “part-time vegan,” which is a great philosophy for those who enjoy eating meat, fish and dairy in moderation.  Going vegan part-time is a great way to ensure you’re getting an abundance of fruits, vegetables and legumes and missing out on their high-fat alternatives.
  5. Eat real food. Sounds simple, but is it really? Food these days is increasingly loaded with additives and preservatives. Read labels and steer clear of ingredients you can’t pronounce or actually visualize. Eliminating processed foods will make you feel better – and your body will thank you! Check out this Safety Rating Key from CSPI for information on the full spectrum of harmless to harmful additives.

Or drop by your local LPQ and try any one of our delicious vegetarian and eggless choices. Look out for the carrot symbol next to the dishes on the menu.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with rewarding yourself with a Belgian brownie every now and then. We won’t tell!

Photo via Flickr, Suzies Farm