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Go for the Green: How to Keep your New Year’s Resolutions

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Just like many of you out there, I start each New Year with great intentions – being active as much as possible, packing my lunch for work, spending more quality time with loved ones and turning these practices into habits I’ll keep for years to come. And, just like many of you out there, I try really hard to stick to my sometimes overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions… but come February, my mettle begins to waver and I find myself slipping back into old bad habits.

This year I’m determined things will be different. So…

Did you find yourself saying, “Huh?” at that last bullet point? Keep reading to see how California Avocados can help you (and me) keep New Year’s resolutions. Below are a few top-of-mind intentions for me.

1). Eat “Better”

It’s no surprise that our dietitian partners given their seal of approval on many of our recipes containing California Avocados; avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds than can enhance the nutrient quality of your diet. You’ll still get all the creamy goodness that you know and love in these recipes.

I’m not planning to follow a pre-determined diet plan in 2015, but if you are, know that avocados can be incorporated into the Paleo diet, DASH diet and USDA Food Pattern Recommendations. You can also find California Avocado recipes that are gluten-free, fit into the Mediterranean Diet, and/or can be part of a diabetes diet. Additionally, they make a great fit for Meatless Monday. And friends who follow Clean Eating or do the Whole30 diet tell me that avocados are an integral part of their meal plans.

Since I am planning to be more mindful about my portion sizes and calorie intake (based on how much I’m exercising), I’m going to be focused on consuming more fiber-containing foods such as fruits, which help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Avocados contain 8% of your daily recommended value of fiber and are a nutrient-dense fruit that can contribute to the nutrient quality of your diet. Along with being able to satiate my hunger for longer, one serving of avocado (2 tablespoons, 1 oz., or 1/5 of a medium avocado) has 50 calories - sounds just about perfect for a light snack.

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2). Make the Most of Your Workouts

Plan on working out? Potassium can help. Potassium is an electrolyte. Your body loses electrolytes as you sweat that need to be replaced. You also need potassium to help build muscle, break down and use carbohydrates. Avocados contain 150 mg of potassium per 1 oz. serving. My plan is to hit the gym early each morning (hopefully before the crowds) and to fuel my body with an avocado breakfast smoothie. Smoothies are great because they help me consume more fruits and vegetables, and are great at helping me feel satisfied.

Since I know it’s not realistic that I’ll wake up every morning and head to the gym, I’m also planning to supplement my workouts with other cardio activities that I enjoy, like walking my dog, hiking or enjoying a few more avocado grove tours this year!

3). Cook at Home

As with most things in life, planning ahead is important! Cooking at home will help me plan my meals ahead of time so I know I’m making the right, healthful, choices. Ideally, I’d love to spend Sundays (maybe after my walk to the farmer’s market so I’m loaded up with fresh produce) prepping a few meals to take with me to work for lunch (like salads in a jar or chicken avocado pinwheels), or chop and prep the main ingredients for a few dinners so they’re ready to go on those nights when I’m exhausted and have the urge to order a pizza.

Not only will cooking my own meals deter me from eating out too much, it will allow me to spend more quality time with enjoying the company of my girlfriend and bulldog (even if my pup is just there to beg for scraps).

4). Try New Things

Every New Year I want to try and do something different – make a big move, visit a new vacation destination or just expand my horizons in some way. Are you ready to branch out in 2015? It’s the perfect time to add California Avocados to your diet. Most often, you’ll probably see Hass California Avocados in your grocery store from spring until fall, but, did you know there are seven non-Hass California Avocado varieties? Challenge yourself to try all of them this year. Check out this link for help finding other California Avocado varieties.

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Have you already tried some of the other California Avocado varieties? Try branching out with how you use each variety. Substituting fresh avocado in sandwiches, on toast or as a spread in place of many other popular foods may help reduce your intake of calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. Additionally, it is easy to swap avocados in place of butter, oil or shortening in your baked goods (reference this blog post).  One thing that won’t change this year: I’ll be hunting for and trying as many new recipes as I can that use California Avocados – and, of course – sharing them with you here on The Scoop!

What resolutions are you setting for yourself in 2015? Share, below, what they are and your plans on how to be successful.

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