By: Kelly Atyeo-Fick, B.A.Sc., M.H.Sc., P.H.Ec.
January 1st…it’s a new year – and a time for new goals to be set! Often times, the New Year can seem extremely daunting because the thought is: “oh my goodness, I need to make BIG changes in the New Year!” This is not necessarily the case – you can make small changes that will end up giving you big rewards in the future.
Setting Goals for the New Year
The most important thing when setting a goal is to make it realistic. If you have a goal that is too extreme, chances are you won’t be able to achieve the steps needed to reach it and then quit. That’s just reality! For example, if you have never run 1 km in your life and decide your goal is to run a 42 km marathon in 3 months, your chances of completing your goal is less likely than if you commit to running 5 km. Then you can work your way up to the marathon goal!
The same thing goes for nutrition goals. If you have the goal to eat healthier, but your work life is so busy that you constantly find yourself eating dinners out – don’t have a goal to make all your meals at home. Rather, commit to making 3-4 meals a week at home and the rest of the meals choose “healthier options” at restaurants!
Healthy Easy Meals
When setting healthy eating goals, you need to find ways to make healthy eating EASY! Start by creating a list of healthy, easy meals that can be your go to when things get busy. What defines a healthy and easy meal? It’s one that has minimal ingredients and prep. To start, try looking for recipes that have up to 6-8 main ingredients and that only use 1-2 pieces of cooking equipment. Once you gain the confidence in making healthy, easy meals…you can start expanding your horizons to more complex recipes!
Here are a few examples of healthy, easy meals to start your list!
Adding Chicken to Support Nutrition Goals!
Chicken is your cheerleader to reach your nutrition goals. Why? It’s an amazing source of protein, low fat and offers your body a balance of micronutrients like Vitamin B12, Iron and Zinc. When you eat chicken, you’re getting a whole food (not processed!) and it’s so versatile. Adding chicken to your healthy, easy recipes is definitely a step in the right direction!