How are your New Year's resolutions going? Many of us are so committed to hit the gym every day, but just weeks later it's easy to slide back into the routine. That’s why this year we’re focusing on small daily habits that we can easily implement at home. These are healthy resolutions that are good for you, your family, and the environment.
Read on for 7 food resolutions for a healthier home in 2015!
Get To Know A Farmer
This can be accomplished through a variety of means, including joining a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA), but the simplest way to implement this resolution is to start going to your local farmer’s market every week. You’ll be able to interact directly with the people that grow your food and ask any questions you have about how and where the produce is grown.
Explore Ancient Grains
Get to know ancient grains for a climate friendly addition to your diet. The rise in popularity of ancient grains means they’re fairly easy to find at health food and grocery stores - check out the bulk section for the most variety. Try amaranth, a grain that is resilient to drought, high temperatures and disease, or sorghum, which is drought tolerant and naturally gluten-free.
Buy Less (and Better) Meat
Pledge to buy only good quality, pasture-raised organic meat. Yes, it does cost more. But meat animals are a large contributor to climate change, and decreasing your consumption of industrial meat is an effective way to reduce your impact on the planet. By removing meat from the center of your plate, you’ll be able to focus on more climate friendly foods for protein such as beans and legumes. Choose quality over quantity when buying meat this year.
Eat Less Takeout
Or, in other words, cook more. Cooking at home is the only way to really know everything that you are eating, and is a fun way to learn more about food. It’s also much less expensive than takeout! If you don’t cook much, take a cooking class to get started and give you the confidence to follow through with this resolution.
Keep a Recipe Journal
Cultivating your favorite healthy dishes to cook at home takes time, and keeping a recipe journal will allow you to discover what you like and don’t like as you embark on your healthy resolutions. A journal will allow you to master dishes and quickly pull together weeknight meals and weekend dinner parties with ease.
Be More Adventurous
Try one new fruit or vegetable each month. This is easy if you shop at a farmer’s market, as many small farms grow heirloom varieties and specialty crops that you might not find at a supermarket. This will also help your cooking resolution stay fun and exciting, as you’ll be forced out of any cooking ruts you find yourself in (hey, we’ve all been there!).
Reduce Food Waste
Commit to using up every last bit of food in your kitchen. We’ve said it before, but food waste is a huge problem in the U.S. Resolving to use what you already have will help lower your carbon footprint and allow you to spend the money you save on better quality ingredients - a win-win for your budget and the planet.
Here’s to a happy and healthy year!