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20 Ways to a Healthier You in 2020

 

There’s no better time for a fresh start than the beginning of a new year. And this New Year’s Eve, we won’t just be ringing in a new year, we’ll also be saying hello to an entirely new decade – can you think of a more appropriate occasion for finally sticking to your New Year’s resolutions?

For many of us, resolutions in the new year focus on creating and sustaining a healthier, happier lifestyle, complete with positive habits for both our physical and mental wellness. One of the best ways to change your life for the better in 2020 is to find ways to make healthy eating a part of your everyday lifestyle – but that doesn’t mean resigning yourself to a boring or difficult diet. 

We’ve put together a list of 20 ways to enjoy a more health-conscious way of living in the new year, giving you plenty of ways to unlock the best version of yourself for 2020:

  1. Make the most of meal prep.

Dedicate one day a week to preparing several healthy grab-and-go meals, taking the guesswork out of putting together your daily breakfast, lunch, or dinner. With a great meal already ready to go, eating healthfully is easy.

  1. Upgrade your “fast food” standbys.

Break out of your old drive-thru habits and choose healthier grab-and-go options, like fresh salads or sushi, from your neighborhood Gelson's instead. Look for options with plenty of protein and fiber, as well as a small serving of healthy fat, for a deliciously satisfying meal.

  1. Choose grass-fed and organic meats.

Responsibly-sourced meats (including grass-fed beef and organic, free-range chicken) aren’t just better for you and the planet, they also tend to taste surprisingly different as well. Try to swap out standard meats for organic and grass-fed options whenever possible.

  1. Give tofu a try.

Tofu sometimes gets a bad rap for its bland flavor or unusual texture – but learning how to properly prepare and season will completely change the way you think about this protein-packed, plant-based ingredient.

  1. Switch to wild-caught seafood.

There are many benefits to choosing wild-caught seafood over farmed fish and shellfish, not the least of which are its incredible flavor and often leaner meat.

  1. Satisfy your sweet tooth with lower-sugar options.

Just because you’re transitioning to a healthier way of living doesn’t mean that you have to give up dessert forever. There are always lighter options to treat yourself when the time is right, whether you’re craving one of our bakery-made desserts or some fresh, organic fruit.

  1. Make water your drink of choice.

Staying hydrated can be the key to everything from healthier skin to long-term weight loss, so it’s important to become a regular water drinker. For many people, finding a premium bottled water or stylish water bottle is the trick to sticking to their hydration habit.

  1. Kick the soda habit.

If soda is currently part of your daily routine, you might want to think about breaking this sugar-laden habit in 2020. You can still enjoy a refreshing carbonated beverage with healthier options, like kombucha or carbonated flavored water, without sipping on loads of sugar and artificial ingredients.

  1. Mix it up with homemade salad dressing.

Salads don’t have to be boring – especially not when you’re getting creative with DIY dressings. Experiment with gourmet oils, vinegar, and seasonings to find your favorite combinations.

  1. Make a healthy breakfast easy with overnight oats.

Start your day on the right foot with a filling and delicious serving of oatmeal, all while skipping the morning meal preparation. You can save time and effort by whipping up a batch of overnight oats the evening before, and all you’ll have to do in the morning is eat and enjoy.

  1. Get a protein-rich boost from poke. 

Poke is one of the hottest healthy eating trends in recent years, and for good reason – the combination of raw fish with flavorful additions like brown rice, seaweed salad, and veggies isn’t just good for you, it’s incredibly delicious. Try a grab-and-go poke bowl from Gelson’s to change up your lunchtime routine.

  1. Go Greek at snack time.

When you need a boost of energy to get through your afternoon, whip up a nutritious treat using Greek yogurt. The protein in the yogurt will keep you satisfied well through the evening hours, and cream yogurt pairs perfectly with fresh fruit, honey, granola, and more.

  1. Get your veggies with a green juice.

Fitting in your daily recommended servings of vegetables can be tricky, but a green juice can be a fast, fresh option to hit your goals. Sip on spinach, kale, and other leafy greens, sweetened with apple, pineapple, orange, or other fruit juices for a refreshing and vitamin-rich beverage.

  1. Check out collagen.

Collagen is yet another one of the ingredients that have the wellness community buzzing, and it comes in a variety of forms for convenient use. Said to support healthy skin, hair, and nails, collagen can be mixed into your morning coffee or added to an afternoon smoothie.

  1. Stick to a supplement routine.

Despite a healthy diet, it can still be tough to get all of the vitamins and minerals you need for optimal health. Daily vitamin supplements can be a simple way to take care of any areas in which you might be lacking.

  1. Get adventurous with veggies.

Steamed and sautéed veggies are delicious, but you’re going to get bored if you don’t switch it up every now and then. Keep it interesting by exploring recipes online to find new ways to enjoy a wide variety of vegetables.

  1. Check your nutrition labels.

A food’s nutrition label breaks down all of the important details, including its protein, fat, fiber, and carbohydrate content. Take advantage of the information and use it to make smart choices about what you buy.

  1. Stock up on healthy snacks.

Regular snacking isn’t a bad thing, especially if you’re choosing nutritious foods. Toss the junk food and make sure you have plenty of high-quality snack options to choose from, like fruit, hummus, nuts, and more.

  1. Watch for added sugar.

Sugar can be sneaky and is a major culprit to weight gain and health issues. You don’t have to cut sugar completely, but being aware of sugar added to your pantry staples can make it easier to stick to a reasonably healthy limit.

  1. Enjoy your meals.

Ultimately, the best way to commit to a healthier way of eating is to make sure you’re happy and satisfied with the foods you’re eating. Instead of depriving yourself, work on learning how to prepare and enjoy delicious, healthy meals that will nourish both your body and soul.

Get Healthy in 2020 with Help from Gelson’s Supermarkets

At Gelson’s Supermarkets, we’re proud to help support our customers in the pursuit of healthy lifestyles by putting high-quality products within easy reach. Discovering a healthier you doesn’t have to be difficult when you can find all your nourishing necessities in a single shopping trip to Gelson’s. 

If you’re determined to make 2020 your healthiest year yet, choose Gelson’s Supermarkets as your one and only grocery shopping destination.

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