Upgrade Your Diet

Happy New Year! If you are like most Americans, eating healthier is one of your New Year’s Resolutions. This year, instead of focusing on foods that you need to remove from your diet, try to challenge yourself to add new foods to your weekly menu. Here are some simple changes to give your diet a boost in 2015:

Swap Out Rice for Quinoa – Quinoa (Keen-wa) contains more protein than any other grain (4 grams per ½ cup serving). This grain is rich in iron, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B6, niacin, and thiamin, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folic acid. When cooked, this grain has a soft and creamy texture that can easily replace rice in most recipes.

Buy “Plain” or “Original” Varieties – Choosing plain flavors usually ensures that the products are lower in added sugars. For example, vanilla Greek yogurt has 16 grams of sugar compared to plain yogurt that has just 7 grams of sugar.

Nibble on Walnuts – Walnuts have the highest level of omega-3 fats than any other nut. They are also an excellent source of vitamin E, which may help in fighting breast, prostate, and colon cancer.