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Healthy Kitchen = Healthy New Year

January 2021 - Nutrition

It is the beginning of the year, and New Year’s resolutions are at their peak. Whether you are a believer or you simply think they are not worth the hype, there is no denying there is a stimulating energy in the air encouraging you to chase after your wellness goals.

When it comes to healthy cooking and eating, we can sometimes feel frustrated as it seems we can’t keep up with our hectic lifestyles and our health aspirations. Mainly because, well, we are busy. Really, really busy.
If we add a lack of planning, daily responsibilities, and the shifting waves of our emotions, we are left with our willpower and before we know it, we are giving up on our New Year’s resolutions.

If we are serious about fulfilling our expectations for eating and cooking healthier, we need to create a system, one habit at a time. This will allow us to create a kitchen flow that enhances our cooking and eating practices.

How to become friends with your kitchen:

  • Declutter your kitchen. Add some inviting and intentional items to the busiest place of your home.
  • Organize your fridge. When was the last time you cleaned it? Check for expired items and things you no longer need, and swap for healthier versions.
  • Plan ahead. Avoid the 4 pm panic rush of “what’s for dinner?” by preparing ahead.
  • Get the whole family involved. Your spouse, your kids, and even doggy have an essential role to play. Plus, you will be surprised how keen your children can be on helping with supper if they are asked.
  • Cook what you love, and love what you cook. No guilt, just plain joy for what you are cooking and eating.

Grab some recipe inspiration:

  1. Sweet Potato Tostadas
  2. Dairy-Free Mac and “Cheese”
  3. Easy Pita Pizza with Green Salad
  4. Killer Chicken, Mozzarella and Pesto Casserole
  5. Sunday’s Brunch Eggs Benny

The most important resolution is your determination to make the time to reach your wellness goals, and not just try to find it.

Laura Spencer is one of Nature’s Fare Markets’ vitamin specialists and a passionate foodie. She believes we can be as happy, healthier, and fulfilled as we allow ourselves to be. As a certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, she works with people to help them achieve a healthy lifestyle by focusing on modifying behaviours and eating habits that are not working.
@bonfirenutrition | bonfirenutrition.ca

Article was published in The Good Life magazine.

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