It’s not yet too late to create new year diet resolutions!
Including your diet and weight loss goals in your new year’s resolutions is a great way to motivate yourself, because it can help keep you accountable, as you’ll want to reach the goal you have set.
However, most resolutions related to diets and weight loss are often restrictive and unrealistic, which makes it impossible or very difficult to stay consistent.
So in today’s post, I’m sharing a roundup of realistic goals and doable new year’s diet resolutions you can try out this year.
10 New Year Diet Resolutions
Eating more whole foods
One of your goals could be to eat whole foods. Whole foods are great for you because they’re usually the most nutritious versions of food, so they have lots of health benefits.
This goal is great if you want to lose weight, but also just for your overall long-term health, which should always be the main focus.
Cut back on sweets
Sweets are definitely not healthy for you, nor are they beneficial when you’re trying to lose weight. They’re full of added sugars and eating too many sweets can cause health problems such as heart disease.
Now, that doesn’t mean you can never eat sweets again.
However, it might be a good idea to make a resolution to cut back on sweets. That way you’re not restricting yourself too much by saying you’ll completely get rid of them, but you’re still making a healthy (and doable) goal to eat less of them. If you want to eat health in the new year, this is a great resolution to set.
Cook more meals at home
Cooking more meals at home is great for you for many reasons.
First of all, it saves you money, as you’re not always ordering food or eating out.
Secondly, it helps you eat healthy and lose weight. Why? Because you know exactly what’s in the food you’re making, and you can choose what ingredients you want to cook and how you want to prepare them.
Oftentimes when eating out or ordering food you think you’re eating something healthy and low in calories, but it turns out that meal is far from that. For example, some salads can be u to 1000 calories and have tons of added sugar in the dressing.
So, for your budget and your health, make a goal to cook more.
Do grocery shopping regularly
Going to the grocery store regularly is a great goal to make, because ti will help you turn it into a habit. That way, you’ll always have ingredients at home and you’ll be able to cook healthy meals.
Sometimes when we’re busy and have no ingredients at home we end up ordering food, and it oftentimes isn’t something super healthy.
So, doing grocery shopping regularly is an easy goal that will be very useful.
Have balanced meals
One of the main things about a healthy diet is making sure your meals are balanced. So, this is another great goal you could set if eating healthier is on your radar for the new year.
Make sure every meal has fiber, healthy fats, protein, and healthy carbs.
Eat more vegetables
If you struggle with eating vegetables, this is a great resolution to add to your list.
It isn’t anything drastic or restrictive, yet it will help you with your health and weight loss goals.
Cut back on fast food
Fast food doesn’t do you any good. But instead of making a goal to never eat it again, which is very restrictive and often leads to binge eating, set a goal to simply cut back on it.
That’s something you can easily do.
Have a balanced diet
I’ve already mentioned having balanced meals. However, another great goal you can set is to have a balanced diet. That means that overall the food you eat is healthy, nutritious, and filled with fruits and veggies, but that sometimes you do eat less healthy foods that help you stay on track.
That’s the purpose of a healthy diet. It’s meant to help you stay on it long-term. By the way, I have some more tips on how to keep a new year’s resolution.
Drink more water
Staying hydrated and drinking more water is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
So this is a great resolution to have.
If it helps, get an app that reminds you to drink water!
Do meal prep
Meal prep is great for busy people who don’t have time to cook every day. It also helps you stay on track with healthy eating, as you won’t end up ordering something unhealthy when you’re too tired to cook – you’ll just reheat a meal from your fridge or freezer.
So, that’s another great resolution to have.
New Year’s Resolution Diet Plan
Here’s an example of what one day of eating could look like for your new year’s resolutions. Use this as inspiration for your diet in the new year. Of course, tweak it to your liking, your body, and your goals.
Avocado & Feta Frittata
2 Egg, large – 144 calories
¼ Avocado, small – 58.25 calories
¼ cup Cheese, crumbled, feta – 99.75 calories
¼ cup Cheese, shredded, mozzarella – 84 calories
1 Garlic salt, dash – 0 calories
This recipe works best if you’re quadrupling (4x) it
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Crack eggs in a bowl and whisk together, add in garlic salt
Spray an ove
n-safe pan with an oil spray
Add in eggs and mozzarella, cook for 5 minutes
Remove pan from oven, top with feta and avocado slices
Bake for another ~3 minutes or until eggs have set
Chicken Primavera Spaghetti Squash
2 cups Squash, spaghetti – 90 calories
½ Zucchini, medium – 16.5 calories
½ Bell pepper, red – 18.5 calories
6 oz Chicken breast, boneless, skinless, raw – 190 calories
1 Tbsp Olive oil (Tbsp) – 119 calories
1 Salt, dash – 0 calories
1 Pepper, dash – 0 calories
1 Basil, dash – 0 calories
1 Oregano, dash – 0 calories
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Scoop out seeds of spaghetti squash
Line baking sheet with parchment paper, spray it with an oil spray
Bake spaghetti squash, cut side faced down, for 35 minutes
Shred spaghetti squash with a fork when it has cooled down for a few minutes
While spaghetti squash is baking, cut chicken into small pieces. Spray a pan with an oil spray. Cook chicken pieces, zucchini (chopped) and bell pepper (chopped) for 7-8 minutes, or until chicken has cooked through
Combine all ingredients and enjoy!
1/2 spaghetti squash = about 2 cups spaghetti squash.
Emily Mariko-Inspired Salmon Cauli-Rice
4 oz Salmon fillet – 200 calories
2 cups Cauliflower rice, raw (already riced) – 76 calories
1 Cucumber, small – 32 calories
½ Avocado, small – 116.5 calories
2 Tbsp Sesame seeds (Tbsp) – 36 calories
1 Tbsp Hot sauce (Tbsp) – 1 calories
2 tsp Soy sauce (tsp) – 0 calories
1 Seaweed snacks, single serving pack – 30 calories
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper & spray it with an oil spray. Add salmon to the baking sheet, and bake it for 15-20 minutes, or until it flakes easily. Once cooked, let cool in the fridge ~10 minutes.
While salmon is cooking, spray a pan with an oil spray. Turn the heat to medium. Stir fry cauli rice for ~5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in sesame seeds. Let cool ~10 minutes in the fridge.
Dice cucumbers and avocado.
Add all ingredients except seaweed to a bowl, and mix to combine.
Serve with seaweed as small wraps for the bowl.
No seaweed sheets? Eat this bowl with a fork.