Healthy Eating for the New Year

 

If losing weight and getting in shape are on your to-do list for the new year, you’re not alone. Last year, losing weight was the top resolution among Americans, with staying fit and healthy as the fifth most popular resolution.

Adjusting your overall lifestyle and committing to the goal of becoming a healthier person are critical steps you’ll have to take to achieve your goal. In addition to getting regular exercise and breaking unhealthy habits, you must also develop healthier eating habits to lose weight and be fit.

Make healthy snacks with Hickory Farms fresh fruit baskets and gourmet nut gift baskets. (Photo via Lunch Box Bunch)

 

Counting calories is important, but you should change the type of carbohydrates you consume, opt for adding healthy fats to your diet, and incorporate the right protein sources as a part of healthier eating habits. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of carbohydrates that also provide you with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients needed to maintain your health, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Our Dried Fruit Collection includes delicious healthy fruits such as apricots, peaches, pears and other fruits, as well as crunchy almonds to provide a tasty contrast to the fruit. If you are looking for post-holiday food gift ideas, this collection is an excellent idea.

Food gift ideas from Hickory Farms.

The Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Trio includes Crown Comice Pears, Fuji Apples and Mandarin Oranges; our fresh fruit baskets create a combination that offers variety and flavor.

Fresh fruit baskets from Hickory Farms.

Health fats come in two forms: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. These types of fat are helpful in improving blood cholesterol levels and benefit insulin and blood sugar levels, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nuts are a fabulous source of healthy fat and make for healthier snack options than potato chips and sweets. Hickory Farms offers a variety of gourmet nut gift baskets.

Protein is an essential element of a healthy diet, as it helps repair and build muscles that are being exercised. Other benefits of adding protein to your diet include helping you feel fuller longer and preventing issues like heart disease and diabetes. Nuts are a great source of protein, and, according to LiveStrong, cashews contain 4 grams of protein per ounce, while pecans contain 2 grams per ounce and walnuts contain 7 grams per ounce.

We have several gourmet nuts, too. One of our best sellers is the Colossal Cashews Tin. Fresh, large cashews with a hint of salt make for a great snack to munch on throughout the day or a healthy party snack.

Gourmet nut gift baskets from Hickory Farms.

Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift includes almonds, cashews and pecans, roasted and sprinkled with sea salt to snacking perfection.

Gourmet nuts from Hickory Farms.

Have you resolved to eat better and become healthier in 2013? If so, how do you plan to accomplish that goal? Share your healthy eating plans for 2013 with us by leaving a comment below.

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