Ah, New Year’s resolutions are upon us. We often hear declarations about weight loss, fitness, and healthy eating, but putting goals into practice can be challenging.
To begin the new year in a healthy way, most of us should add more organic fruits and veggies to our meals. We’ve come up with a few ways to add nutrient-dense citrus into your diet. And, bonus: it’s in-season now, so it’s easier to find.
With no fat, sodium or cholesterol, citrus packs a punch of vitamin C and fiber that jump-starts your daily goal of shifting to a healthier lifestyle.
Keep New Year’s Resolutions Simple
One of the best ways to ensure your goals are met is to make them a) incremental and b) provide support to make them achievable.
So start small. Pick a few in-season organic produce options and add them to your diet. If you’re not eating any organic fruits or veggies, just add one a day to start. If you’re eating a few servings, try to add one additional organic fruit or vegetable serving each day.
If you’re looking for some accountability to stay on track, consider asking a friend or group to try the challenge with you. Accountability groups at the office or on social media are creative ways to support you in your resolution.
Don’t Change Everything You Eat
This might sound contrary to most eating advice, but lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight. So don’t try to change your entire eating plan in one day. It’s unlikely that you’ll stick to the new resolution if it doesn’t look at all like your old diet.
Let’s start with citrus—organic navel oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and mandarins are all part of our current harvest at Homegrown Organic Farms.
Health Benefits of Citrus
Besides the daily dose of vitamin C, citrus fruits contain flavonoids and antioxidants that help your skin, your heart and help maintain a healthy weight. Read more about the nutritional benefits of citrus, and check out their citrus infographics.
How to Add Organic Citrus to Your Diet
Peel a grapefruit to eat with your breakfast (whatever it is: An egg sandwich, a bowl of cereal or oatmeal—adding any amount of citrus will provide vitamin C and boost your energy).
Mandarin oranges are great for school lunches, snacks, and picnics. Because they’re easier to peel than oranges and the segments separate easily, kids love their convenience.
Add a few navel oranges to your purse or briefcase for the commute to work. If you’re driving or riding public transportation, you have time to eat an orange. Cut up oranges and add them to a yogurt parfait—both you and your kids will enjoy it!
Lemons are great for a wide variety of lunch or dinner recipes. Squeeze one into your favorite drink. Zest the rind into breakfast muffins or bread. Use 3-5 lemons or limes with a splash of olive oil and some black pepper for a refreshing salad dressing. Make a roux for pasta sauce and experiment with any fresh citrus for a unique spin on sauce. The flavor is subtle but delicious. For a great recipe to get you started thinking creatively, check out our lemon-glazed blueberry turnover recipe.
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