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Start the new year with a new food attitude
Plan and prioritize healthier fare
 
Published Sunday, January 3, 2021 11:40 pm
by Brandpoint

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Low Country Shrimp Boil is a healthier alternative to meats with necessary proteins.

2021 will be a fresh start for us all. And to kick the year off right, many families will be committing themselves to eating better. So why not set yourself up for success by making a few small changes that will help make your big resolution more attainable?


Here are a few simple ideas and easy steps you can take that will help that New Year's resolution stick:

Make a weekly plan
You don't need to micro-manage yourself to create a weekly menu that's easy to stick to. Choose one day each week to pick out your meals, and on that same day, make a list of the items you'll need to pick up at the store.

Use a note-taking app for your grocery lists that you can update as needed.


As you're searching for meal-planning inspiration, check that your meals are balanced and include:


• Quality proteins - seafood is often a healthier substitute for meats (you can rotate between fresh, canned and frozen options)


• A variety of colorful veggies


• Whole grains as opposed to refined grains


When choosing your meals in advance, keep convenience in mind. Is it easy to make? Does it require a lot of prep work? Is it something the whole family will eat?

Favor your freezer
Frozen food can shave off a lot of time from your dinner prep. When shopping, look for lean protein, like SeaPak Coconut Cod, to stock your freezer, then you'll be set for the week ahead.


Frozen seafood is high in protein and low in calories. Try pairing it with coconut rice, zoodles or couscous. Garnish with tropical flavors like mango salsa or lime for a delicious workday meal! Or add sauteed spinach and veggies for a quick dinner.

Prioritize the protein
Reach for healthy protein options at every meal. Challenge yourself to try something new and change up your routine.

For example, fish and shrimp are easy swaps for ground beef or chicken when making pizza or tacos, raw nuts or edamame are perfect for when you're craving a crunchy snack, and lentil or chickpea pasta is a great alternative to traditional pasta options.

Prep your pantry
Do a quick pantry inventory: Choose your favorite shelf-stable foods and arrange them front and center so they're top-of-mind while meal planning. Donate all items that are not out-of-date but that you don't expect to use anytime soon.


After it's organized, refer back to your cupboard for meal inspiration. Rice is an excellent complement to your protein and veggies will brighten up any meal.
Set yourself up for success this year by making sure you have healthy, convenient foods in your pantry, fridge and freezer. A little planning makes it that much easier to stick to your goals.

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