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Revisiting New Year’s Resolutions

The holidays are finally over and chances are you are itching for a fresh start. Maybe you have already considered one or more resolutions for 2012. Are there any repeats from previous years?

This year, I vow to choose resolutions that I can actually stick to. The plan is to keep them simple and enjoyable. Rather than limiting myself, I am going to focus on starting new routines or habits.

Here are a few common resolutions revisited to promote retention:

  1. Resolve to exercise more often. Instead of penciling in more gym time, sign up for a dance class! Swimming is also a past time that burns a ton of calories and is not a bore. Spend more time outdoors, if only for a walk.
  2. Plan to eat healthier. Rather than framing your diet around things you should not have, focus on what you can. Boost your nutrient intake with healthy swaps. Choose omega-rich sushi in place of a café sandwich for lunch. Replace milk chocolate for dark chocolate for a healthy dose of anti-oxidants.
  3. Take steps to relieve your stress. Resolve to get more massages or plan a day at the spa. Make bubble baths a more regular occurrence. Time outs are necessary, so there is no reason to feel guilty for making them a priority.
  4. Aim to spend less. You don’t have to ditch your shopping addiction completely; instead, work out a budget and vow to browse the sale racks. Pack lunches often and limit dining out to two to three times a week.
  5. Will to give more of your time. Gather a group of work pals or some of your best friends to participate in a fundraiser or volunteer at a soup kitchen. It is much easier to commit when you have partners by your side.

Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Makes: About 4 servings

Active Time: 10 minutes 

Total Time: 35 minutes 

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups 1-inch-thick slices cauliflower florets, (about 1 large head)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

2. Toss cauliflower, oil, marjoram, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast until starting to soften and brown on the bottom, 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Toss the cauliflower with vinegar and sprinkle with cheese. Return to the oven and roast until the cheese is melted and any moisture has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 149 calories; 10 g fat ( 3 g sat , 6 g mono ); 7 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 4 g fiber; 364 mg sodium; 490 mg potassium.

Recipe and Photo: Eatingwell.com

Article featured on A&P Nutrition Tip Blog


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