The ball drops, and suddenly you are standing in a New Year. An overwhelming sense of newness and possibility washes over you, and you have the undeniable feeling that 2018 will be your year. So, you sit down and write a list of seemingly-reasonable New Year’s resolutions that focus on getting healthy, getting organized and living your life to the fullest. While your resolution to lose 20 pounds in one month or completely cut sugar seemed reasonable, you slowly start to realize that keeping your resolutions will be harder than you thought. And with lofty resolutions like these, one or a few small slip-ups can end the whole game.
To help keep the more than 40 percent of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions on track, we worked with Carrie Gabriel, RD, MSN, to create a list of 10 better-for-you food swaps to help avoid craving-based over-indulgences. All of Gabriel’s recommendations are delicious, natural products that substitute away the most binge-worthy foods like ice cream and sweets, carbs and chips. So, the next time you catch yourself reaching for a sugary candy bar or bag of chips, grab one of Gabriel’s better-for-you recommendations to help keep yourself on track.
10 SURPRISING FOODS YOU CAN EAT & STILL MEET YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
- Better for You Ice Cream. Enjoy a 4oz scoop of ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Cream. You’ll get 10g of protein per scoop and still be under 120-calories and only 0.5-2g of fat per serving. The ice creams are made from all Non-GMO ingredients, and are also low glycemic and certified gluten-free. Best of all, the taste and texture will leave you screaming for more.
- Chocoholics Unite. Choosing a dark chocolate that’s not too bitter and still delivers the right health benefits can be tricky. To get the benefits of dark chocolate and avoid eating a whole bar, try Theo’s Coconut Tumeric Clusters. Each serving satisfies your sweet tooth and delivers 50mg of cocoa flavanols, which promote healthy blood vessels and cognitive/brain health.
- Go wild with nut butters. Healthy fats and fiber is the name of the game. Go Wild with Wild Friends delicious and fun to eat nut butters. The Creamy Almond Butter is made with only two pronounceable ingredients – almonds and sea salt. They’re also free of preservatives and additives, and are mindfully packaged with the wellbeing of our planet in mind. So, go nuts!
- Sounds APEEL-ing. Looking for a crunchy mid-day snack, but don’t want to reach for a bag of chips? Peeled Snacks Peas Please will give you the crunch you are craving plus 5g of protein, 4g of fiber and the nutrients of a half-cup of veggies per serving.
- Pop! Pop! Pop! After treating yourself with a serving of Quinn Snacks Kale and Sea Salt Popcorn, you’ll realize not all popcorn is created equal. Popped in heart-healthy coconut oil and at only 150-calories per serving, you’re sneaking in some greens (kale) and orange (carrots). Sure, a bag topped with butter at the movies may be delicious in the moment, but Quinn’s will satisfy your salty snack needs, and fulfill your wildest popcorn desires.
- Get Meaty. Replace that stagnant and sugar-packed protein bar with a real-food Meat & Veggie Bar from Wild Zora. Made from humanely-raised meats, and organic fruits and veggies, you’ll feel like you’ve enjoyed a real-food meal on-the-go and at only 120-calories and 6-8g of protein. Available in seven savory flavors like Mediterranean Lamb, Curry Turkey and BBQ Beef, you get the nutrition you need and avoid the sweets typically hidden in meat snacks.
- Hummus-sapian. Rather than reaching for a heavy cream-based dip this New Year, switch your dip of choice to hummus, made with high fiber chickpeas and loads of organic goodness. With exciting, exotic flavors like Thai Coconut Curry and Kale Pesto, Hope Foods comes in exciting flavors you’ll love And at 100 calories per serving, you’ll satisfy your flavor cravings without going overboard on calories.
- Dress it Up. Delicious salad dressings are a sneaky, unsuspecting way to rack up your daily totals of calories and fat. To avoid this, swap your current favorite with an option like Primal Foods Kitchen’s Green Goddess Salad Dressing. Made with avocado oil, natural yeast (rich in b12), this 120-kcal/serving, Whole30 approved option is also free from dairy, sugar and gluten and still delivers on flavor.
- The Anti-Carb Loading. Double the protein and quadruple the fiber of your regular wheat noodle pasta with Banza Chickpea Pasta. Certified gluten-free and low-glycemic, this pasta-ternative will supply added plant-based protein to your daily diet. Simply toss with a little olive oil and enjoy!
- Go Go Avocado. With a neutral flavor and delivery of rich monounsaturated fats, avocados are a guilt-free snack that’s ready to enjoy halved with a twist of lemon juice, and a sprinkle salt and pepper . Want an even easier option? Ggrab a Wholly Guacamole 100-calorie guacamole pack to enjoy with some carrots, celery or rice crackers.