We get it. New Year’s resolutions are hard.
If you made one to eat healthier, and you’ve fallen off the bandwagon, you’re not alone. According to Statistic Brain, about 22 percent of people resolve to eat better every year. But less than 10 percent feel as though they’re successful at achieving their goals.
Consider our challenge a fresh start.
- It’s easier than a yearlong resolution because:
- you can complete it during any month
- it has only three rules
- you don’t have to weigh yourself
So what are the rules?
- We challenge you to add an additional fruit or vegetable to one meal a day.
- At least four days out of a week, you must opt for a vegetable instead of fruit.
- Potatoes do not count as vegetables during this challenge – sorry, fry lovers.
Follow these tips to increase your odds of success
Grab a handful of carrots. Baby carrots provide the same crunch and dipping power fries have come to be loved for. Moreover, carrots contain far fewer calories per serving, so you can eat more. They’re also a great source of fiber, and they pack a ton of vitamins per cup.
Let celery and peanut butter make a comeback. Remember the snack called ants on a log? Celery is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, while peanut butter’s protein acts as a hunger suppressant. Eat these two foods together for a tasty combo.
Customize your yogurt. Yogurt is a great treat because you can add almost any fruit to it, and it will taste even better – try sliced strawberries. Plus, many yogurt varieties contain essential nutrients to help keep you full. Add fresh fruit to your next yogurt cup, like banana slices or berries.
Why is this challenge achievable?
Many fail to attain their New Year’s resolutions because their goals are hard to measure. And eating healthy isn’t easy to track. It’s better to start on a smaller, more specific scale and work your way up from there. Months are 31 days or fewer, compared to 365 in a year. Plus, you can break our challenge down into weeks, making it even easier to follow your success.
Good luck! Tell us about your progress on our Facebook page.