Come New Year’s, 40 percent of Americans will make resolutions and around 25 percent of those resolutions will have a focus on health and/or weight loss. However, if trends follow past years, only 8 percent of people will actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Why the low success rate?
There’s many reasons for this drop off, including the resolutions being overly ambitious or restrictive – like completely quitting sugar or losing 20 pounds in a month – and a few small failures can end the whole game. While you might initially feel inspired and energized by setting blowout goals for 2017, the luster of these resolutions fades quickly when we realize how difficult they are to keep.
In an effort to help reduce the New Year’s Resolution drop-off, Carrie Gabriel, RD, create this list of surprising foods you can eat and still meet those New Year’s resolutions goals. Some items are swaps for typical indulgences, and others will help curb that craving and keep you focused on reaching your goals!
- 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 – more than any other better-for-you ice cream option – 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 feeling like you’ve had the real thing.
- 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 other bars and jerky snacks.
- Pop. Pop. Pop! Not all popcorn is created equally. Sure, a bag topped with butter at the movies may not keep you on track, but a serving of Quinn Snacks Kale and Sea Salt Popcorn will satisfy your salty snack needs and fulfill your popcorn desires. Popped in heart-healthy coconut oil and at only 150-calories a serving, you are also sneaking in some greens (kale) and orange (carrots).
- Chocoholics Unite. Choosing a dark chocolate that’s not too bitter and still delivers the right health benefits can be tricky. Too get the benefits of dark chocolate and avoid eating a whole bar, try Theo’s Coconut Tumeric Clusters. Each serving has 50mg of cocoa flavanols, which promote healthy blood vessels and cognitive/brain health in addition to satisfying your sweet tooth.
- Sounds APEEL-ing. Looking for some crunch, but don’t have veggies at hand? Or, maybe you REALLY want some chips but are trying to find a healthier alternative? Peeled Snacks Peas Please will give you the crunch you are craving plus 5g of protein, 4g of filling fiber and the nutrients of a half a cup of veggies per serving.
- Hummus-sapian. Rather than reaching for a heavy ranch or cream-based dip, switch over to hummus, made with high fiber chickpeas and loads of organic goodness. With flavors like Thai Coconut Curry and Kale Pesto from Hope Foods, this ain’t your hippie mamma’s hummus no more. You’re satisfy your flavor cravings without going overboard on calories – less than 100 a serving!
- The Anti-Carb Loading. Double the protein and quadruple the fiber of your regular wheat noodle pasta, Banza Chickpea Pasta is also gluten-free and low-glycemic. Delivering plant-based protein, all Banza products are also Non-GMO and delicious even simply tossed with a little olive oil.
- Go wild with nut butters. Healthy fats and fiber is the name of the game. You can go wild with Wild Friends delicious and fun to eat nut butters. Not only are they free of preservatives and additives, they have ingredients you can pronounce and are mindfully packaged with the wellbeing of our planet in mind. Try the Creamy Almond Butter that’s made with only two ingredients – almonds and sea salt – so you get the best of what almonds have to offer.
- Dress it Up. One of the surprising places you can quickly rack up on the calories and fat is your salad dressing. Swap out your current favorite with an option like Primal Foods Kitchen’s Green Goddess Salad Dressing. Made with avocado oil, nutritional yeast (which is rich in b12), this 120-kcal/serving, Whole30 approved option is also free from dairy, sugar and gluten and still delivers tons of flavor.
- Go Go Avocado. With a neutral flavor and delivery of rich monounsaturated fats, avocados are a guilt free snack halved with a twist of lemon juice, and a sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Want an even easier option, grab a Wholly Guacamole 100-calorie guacamole package to enjoy with some carrots, celery or rice crackers.