The New Year is all about reflection, resolution, and a fresh start. Whether you vow to exercise two days a week, add one extra vegetable to your diet, or begin eating breakfast, even the smallest change can lead to a world of difference in how you look and, more importantly, feel.
The New Year is also about change. Increasing variety of healthy foods in your diet keeps your taste buds on their toes and fights boredom from every day meals. So expand your palette this 2014 and try some new foods, recipes, and restaurants. Here are five foods I fell in love with this year, give them a try for yourself.
Greek yogurt made almost every list of Superfoods I read in 2013. Tart, creamy, and delicious, Greek yogurt, in my opinion, reigns supreme to regular yogurt on the market. Its high protein content keeps you full for hours and its texture allows for a perfect ingredient in baking. In fact, my new favorite breakfast is “Overnight Oatmeal” (mix together 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, ¼ teaspoon cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Let sit overnight and enjoy hot or cold in the morning!) Check out Fairway’s Dairy department for our new Greek yogurt in so many different flavors, you’ll just have to try them all.
2013 was the year I discovered cauliflower. Come winter when abundance was at its peak, cauliflower became my preferred vegetable. Cauliflower is sweeter and more mild than its relative, broccoli, and don’t let its white color disguise its nutritional value. Just like broccoli and Brussels sprouts, it is classified as a cruciferous vegetable for its cancer fighting vitamins and antioxidants. Try cauliflower simply roasted, tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, and pine nuts. Or get creative with a roasted cauliflower and garlic mash, a super healthy recipe perfect for a crowd.
I have searched and searched for the perfect granola bar. One made with natural ingredients and tastes like the flavor it claims to taste like. A surprisingly difficult task, until I took my chances with the LÄRABAR. Made with no more than nine ingredients, LÄRABARS taste natural and guess what? The Peanut Butter Cookie flavor actually tastes like a peanut butter cookie! Best of all, LÄRABARS are chock full of protein, fiber, and potassium and they are all gluten free, kosher, and vegan. I like Blueberry Muffin for breakfast, Banana Bread for a snack, and Chocolate Chip Brownie for dessert.
The superfood of all superfoods is the flaxseed. Studies have shown that eating a tablespoon of flaxseed once a day may help lower cholesterol and improve digestion due to its high fiber content and omega-3 fatty acids. I started adding flaxseed to my cereal and oatmeal for breakfast and even mixing it into scrambled eggs. The next time you make muffins or pancakes, add flaxseed to the batter. They disappear into your recipe and add nuttiness and texture. Flaxseed will be sure to add a healthy twist to your diet this new year.
Fairway Fresh-Ground Nut Butters
Peanut butter sandwich, almond butter on sliced apple, or cashew butter right off of the spoon, I love my nut butters in any way, shape, or form. Fairway’s all natural nut butters are as fresh as they come. Containing only the heart-healthy nuts themselves, the nut butters are freshly ground and packaged at Fairway stores. Unprocessed without added sugars or oils, the butters are not super smooth, adding a delicious texture to your favorite snack. Give any flavor a try and I promise Fairway nut butters will be your new favorite.