The holidays might be over, but the temptation of eating those leftover goodies is definitely not. Here are eight tips to help you get back into shape from all of that holiday indulgence.
- Harness the Power of Purple (or Blue).
Dark-colored vegetables, such as red cabbage, red beets, radicchio, and eggplant, contain a plant pigment (polyphenol flavonoid) called anthocyanin, which not only gives them their color, but is also extremely healthy.
- Drink Red Wine.
Drinking one glass of red wine each day, while eating food, can boost your health. Red wine, which has ten times the amount of antioxidants than white wine, has been linked to greater longevity.
- Eat Carrots.
Like the purple veggies, carrots also contain a healthy plant pigment. Also a powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene is the precursor to vitamin A, an important fat soluble vitamin that the body uses to maintain your skin, hair, and vision.
- Snack on Popcorn.
Research has shown that those people who snack on popcorn eat 250% more whole grains and 22% more fiber than those who do not. Be sure to avoid the salt and butter, though.
- Eat Spinach.
Spinach, called a “super food,” contains disease-fighting plant antioxidant polyphenols and carotenoids. For an added boost of antioxidants, sauté spinach in garlic and extra virgin olive oil. For an extra dose of nutrients, use spinach instead of iceberg lettuce for salads.
- Eat Dark Chocolate.
Although dark chocolate is usually packed with sugar and fat, it is also rich in flavonoid antioxidants. Eating a couple of pieces is a great way to boost your immune system.
- Eat Chia Seeds.
February is heart health month and there is no better way to be good to your heart than adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to your breakfast oatmeal. Chia contains the heart-healthy omega-3 plant fat ALA and soluble fiber, which lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol.
- Come Back to Us!
2012 is over, but your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier shouldn’t be! It’s time to come back to Fitness Together and talk to our nutritionists.
If you would like more tips about nutrition, call Fitness Together Ellicott City today.