New Year, New You – Featuring Avocados

Everyone knows that keeping a New Year’s resolution is no easy task, especially after weeks of holiday chaos and indulgence. Want to get a head start on your goals now? Here are five ideas to make some changes today.

1. Get heart healthy

Avocados are known for being a heart-healthy food, and if you’re going to focus on any health goals this New Year, getting this vital organ in top shape should be a priority. Avocados have heart-healthy properties thanks to their good fats, as well as their fibercontent (a serving of avocado contains 11% of your daily fiber needs!); and if that’s not enough incentive to try avocados, check out some other unexpected health benefits too!

Need to learn how to prepare an avocado quickly and easily? We created this video to show how to handle and cut the green fruit by simply cutting it in half and putting a little bit of lemon juice salt on each half. Cover the half you don’t eat in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to preserve it for later.

2. Spend more time with friends and family

Make it a resolution to recommit to healthy back-to-school habits, and stress-free entertaining to bring the ones you love together in the new year. Consider making your back-to-school routines easier than ever with these simple fixes and tips. And before you go back to the same old routines, why not make everything a bit easier with these party life hacks, after all there’s no need to wait until the next holiday to reconnect with friends and family. Entertain your favorite people throughout the year in a way that doesn’t feel like a chore with this advice for throwing better parties. Let the good times roll!

3. Change the world

When things in the world seem hard, scary, or overwhelming, you may wonder whether you can make a difference. Don’t let the pessimism stick! There are so many things you can do to be the change you wish to see in the world. Try some of these tips for reducing food waste and recycling more at home. Consider reducing your intake of animal products or even becoming vegetarian, and for a bonding opportunity to bring the family together, set aside a time and place to volunteer to a cause that matters to you and yours.

4. Take self-care to the next level

The phrase “self-care” might seem like a bit of a buzzword, but it is vitally important if you have any kind of health or happiness-related resolutions. Self-care doesn’t just mean taking a spa day, or resting your puffy eyes, though it definitely can. It means getting up early and eating breakfast when you would rather sleep in, nourishing your body with fruits and veggies, and ensuring you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. If you want to make avocados a part of your new daily routine, use this video’s tips for buying avocados at the perfect stage of ripeness to last you all week. Darker green avocados that give slightly when squeezed are ready to eat right away whereas lighter green avocados that feel hard to the touch will be ready to eat in about two to four days.

5. Reach your exercise goals

Last but not least, everyone’s favorite resolution is getting fit. These tips will help you stay active in the winter, but the best tip is to pick a more specific fitness goal, like training for a 5k run.

No matter what your goals, it can be a challenge to introduce change into your life. Use these tips to make sure you have a fighting chance of keeping your resolutions when the holidays are over.

By Barbara Ruhs, MD, RDN January 02, 2018

An avid avocado-eater and guacamole-lover, Barb is the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for Avocados From Mexico and former sports nutritionist for Harvard University. Her philosophy on food is simple: Enjoy what you eat, prepare food with love, and add avocados to everything! 

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