With the hearty holidays behind us and a new year of possibilities in front of us, we are beginning to make resolutions for greatness in various aspects of our lives. And often times- our diet becomes a focal point as we balance nutritional intake with our bodies ridiculous, everyday cravings.
So here are some of our thoughts on how to navigate these decisions and start off 2017 on the right foot.
Our friends at Harvest & Revel have sent us a few reminders for conscious consumption in 2017. Without upsetting the dietary balance of our lives, these few tips highlight and help to reinforce small steps toward healthy indulgence.
Substitute olive oil for butter in daily meal prep. A 3/4 cup olive oil can replace 1 cup butter, and with easy conversions, the replacement will become second nature. With more antioxidants and no trans fat or cholesterol, olive oil turns your culinary successes into heart-healthy meals. Not a fan of the olive oil taste? Try grapeseed oil or the lesser-known ghee, particularly for sweeter dishes.
Sustainable, cage-free, hormone-free meat
Research shows that humanely raised animals contain higher amounts of vitamins and minerals and less saturated fat than factory farm animals. Plus, when you eat ethically-raised animal protein- you know that you're contributing to a more sustainable food system- so you can feel good about your consumption for both reasons!
Fresh, seasonal produce
Buying items from your local farmer's market and grocers that source from local farms will ensure that you reduce your carbon footprint and receive fresh produce that is in season and beneficial to your body. Most NY Farmer's markets also now take EBT!
Honey is one of those "superfoods" that you often hear about. Not only does it help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other tummy problems- it is also an anti-bacterial AND helps regulate blood sugar. And that's not it! Honey's benefits are never-ending- so just trust us on this one, okay? :)
All purpose flour with the wheat germ
Using all purpose baking flour with the wheat germ still intact means you'll be getting the maximum amount of nutrition. Wheat germ is a fiber-rich, non-animal protein with a concentrated source of several essential nutrients including Vitamin E, folate (folic acid), phosphorus, thiamin, zinc, and magnesium, as well as essential fatty acids. These nutrients help to ward off diseases, convert carbs into energy, build strong bones and teeth, and heal wounds. So please ignore the diet trends that tell you to avoid gluten all-together, unless you have celiacs disease!
And remember- everyone's body is completely different. So do your own research and most importantly- do what feels best for you!
Have any additional tips for conscious consumption? Let us know below!
Harvest & Revel is a Brooklyn-based, full service private event catering company focused on using local and organic ingredients to create elegant culinary celebrations packed with flavor.