A new year means it’s time to make some resolutions!
This year, I have two healthy resolutions I’m looking forward to keeping.
The first is to cut soda back out of my diet. I was soda-free for five years, and last year, for some reason, I picked up the bottle again and started drinking. True, I only drink diet soda, but I know that despite the lack of calories,
diet soda is NOT a healthy drink. Instead, I am going to make sure I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and when I feel like something sweet, I’m going to sip some apple juice.
The second is to cut fast food out of my diet. It was gone for almost two years, but as I got busy with work and school, it slowly snuck back into my life. This year I am resolved to kick it back out!
Resolutions don’t just make themselves happen, and I know if I didn’t plan head and get ready for this year, I would find myself at a drive-thru in no time. That is why I have a plan of attack!
Attack one – Plan simple bulk lunches I can make on the weekend that keep well in the fridge to grab when on the go! Recipes like
Simple Pasta Salad,
Classic American Potato Salad and
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers are perfect!
Attack two – Keep it fun! If salads start to get boring, I’ll put it on a stick! Like this recipe for
Caprese on a Stick. If I get tired of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I’ll make some
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls! If soft tacos and wraps get boring for lunch, I’ll make a
Taco Dip and pack some crunchy chips to go with it! Having fun food will keep me away from that drive-thru.
Attack three – Have a few quick and easy go-to dinner recipes at home, things that take 15 minutes to a half hour to prepare, for those late nights on my schedule.
Asian Roll Lettuce Wraps are perfect for such nights (since I generally have brown rice already cooked and in my freezer - it keeps so well!), as well as some
Fast and Friendly Meatballs and
Lazygirl’s Ground Turkey Stroganoff.
Attack four - Take advantage of my wonderful slow cooker! I know I’ll rush home to some hot, ready to eat food when I make recipes like
Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Chili,
Baked Slow Cooker Chicken and
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore. These recipes will make it easy for me to avoid the drive-thru since they are already hot and ready at home.
Hopefully with this plan of action, I’ll be able to cut fast food out of my diet once again. I know with a few simple plans of attack, I can get back on the no-fast-food train and kick my soda habit as well. In 2013, I hope my resolutions
will be something completely different!