19 Ways to be Healthy in 2019
For many of us, the new year means a fresh start and a clean slate. It means simplifying our lives, eating healthier, getting more active, and nixing bad habits. We’re here to help you stay on track this year and prove that eating well doesn’t have to be boring or time consuming. In this list, we’ve rounded up 19 easy and delicious ways to eat (and drink) healthfully in 2019!
“Fast” food doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy or greasy. When you visit your local Bristol Farms, you can pick up a satisfying meal on-the-go that’s full of protein and fiber and low in calories. Our salmon and quinoa, grilled chicken and pesto pasta, and vegan tofu and grains are all under 500 calories and will help you quickly cross cooking lunch or dinner off your to-do list.
2. Pack on the Protein with Poke
It’s true, your favorite raw fish fix is also a delicious way to get more protein. Stay full for longer with our self-serve poke bar full of fresh and flavorful options like melt-in-your-mouth spicy Ahi tuna and salmon, sushi brown rice, seaweed salad, avocado, and so much more.
3. Choose Grass-Fed and Organic
When it comes to eating responsibly-sourced meats, our organic and grass-fed selection is truly a cut above the rest. Our butchers offer the very best beef, veal, lamb, and pork, all free of antibiotics and hormones and highly-rated so you can feel good about where you get your protein.
4. Wild-Caught is the Way
Much like our meat selection, we are very proud to offer the finest fresh and wild-caught seafood. From swordfish to snapper, salmon, and ono, if it’s fresh, we’ll have it. This includes shells and crustaceans, too, like our wild and succulent shrimp caught off the Pacific coast of Mexico.
5. Smartly Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Let’s face it, most of us have a little bit of a sweet tooth. While it’s okay to indulge in moderation, our bakery also offers no-sugar added items for when you’re craving a treat but don’t want the extra sugar. This includes delectable pies and cheesecakes, yum!
6. Stay Hydrated
Good old H20 is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. Our huge selection of stylish and practical water canteens from Corkcicle and Hydroflask make staying hydrated a lot easier – and more fun, too. Your cold water will stay cold for 24 hours, guaranteed.
7. Swap Out Soda
Most sodas are packed with extra sugar and empty calories. An easy swap is switching out the cola and welcoming Kombucha into your life. Our many brands of the sparkling tea come in tantalizing flavors such as Lavender and Hibiscus Ginger and are full of probiotics and living cultures so you can still get your fizzy fix guilt-free.
8. Start the Day with Overnight Oats
You know what they say – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s because it’s the fuel your body needs to get going. Overnight oats (we love the Rachel’s brand) are a healthy and easy way to start your day right. As a bonus, Rachel’s Overnight Oats are non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and come in some delicious flavors.
9. Go Greek
For another healthy breakfast or even a quick and healthy snack, Greek yogurt is a great source of protein that won’t get boring thanks to a variety of flavors. Try traditional Ellenos Greek Yogurt with Bristol Farms raw, local honey and gluten-free granola for a heavenly mid-day snack or enjoy 100% natural and velvety Lemon Curd, Mango, or Marionberry on its own.
10. DIY Dressing
Make your own salad dressings with 5 ingredients or less as a lighter way to amp up your greens. For homemade vinaigrettes, use 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil, a squeeze of citrus, or dab of minced ginger, and some salt and pepper and you’re set. Experiment with EVOO or grapeseed oil with Apple Cider Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, and of course, Balsamic. If you want a little more oomph, raw honey helps cut acidity and Dijon mustard acts as the perfect emulsifier.
11. Juice It Up
Get your greens and vitamins in liquid form with healthy, homemade juices or smoothies. Start with spinach or other dark, leafy greens and add in freshly-squeezed Valencia oranges for a tangy and refreshing way to get your daily serving of fruits and veggies and an extra boost of potassium.
12. Don’t Skimp on Supplements
Even those of us with very healthy lifestyles still oftentimes lack essential vitamins, especially Vitamin D which occurs naturally in only a few foods. If you wear SPF or work indoors, it’s likely that Vitamin D from the sun is not reaching your body, which is where D-3 supplements come in. The daily tablet helps support bone, teeth, muscle, and immune health and also aids in calcium absorption.
13. Glow from Within
Looking for strong and radiant skin, hair, and nails? NeoCell Collagen Chews just might be the answer. Each beauty burst is packed with collagen, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin C to help deliver a renewed and beaming complexion.
14. Veg Out
Get creative with your vegetable intake by incorporating our organic Tomato Bisque or Coconut Lentil soups into your diet or swapping out your usual sushi with a simple and creamy avocado roll. To go a step further, pair your sushi rolls with coconut aminos instead of soy sauce to reduce sodium.
15. Meal Prep
Designate one day a week to meal prepping so you don’t get tempted by takeout or delivery when you get home from a long day at work. Make multiple portions of our organic, boneless, skinless chicken breasts alongside roasted veggies and quinoa for a healthy lunch or dinner that you can munch on throughout the week.
16. Go Green (tea)
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages out there. Its low in calories but high in antioxidants that fight free radicals and disease. Replace your morning cup of Joe with green tea for a better way to get your caffeine and boost metabolism.
17. Give Yourself Snacktime
Go ahead – have a snack. Between meals, eat small bites such as a handful of almonds, sliced apples and almond butter, or a cup of Greek yogurt to help combat cravings and keep you satisfied.
18. Eat Eggs
Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, eggs are rich in protein and essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need. Scramble, poach, or boil your way toward a healthier lifestyle with the free-range variety.
19. Pop to Perfection
If a strong craving hits for a salty snack, reach for the popcorn. It’s whole-grain and loaded with fiber and lower in calories than potato chips or pretzels. Try popping your own kernels at home or purchase air-popped popcorn to avoid extra salt.