What if this year we try something different? Instead of resolutions, make achievable lifestyle changes designed to last a lifetime.
University of Florida Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Gail Rampersaud has five tips to help families make simple life changes to live a healthier life – no elaborate resolutions required.
- Eat breakfast every day! But instead of starting the day with
cereal or a pastry high in added
sugars, get a good jumpstart on your
nutrients with oatmeal paired with an 8-ounce glass of Florida Orange
Juice is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of
potassium, folate, and thiamin - nutrients that we need on a daily
- Make nutrient-rich food swaps and look for ways to get more
fruits and vegetables. For instance, switch up your usual beef tacos
with fish tacos using grilled salmon and avocado, or fill your taco
shells with a variety of grilled vegetables. For salads, swap out
iceberg lettuce with dark green leafy spinach or kale, then top your
salad with foods in a variety of colors to obtain a spectrum of
nutrients, like red peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms,
carrots, and roasted sunflower seeds, as well as fresh or dried fruit
like fresh orange segments or dried cherries.
- Keep yourself hydrated, but do it in a healthier way. Instead
of beverages with added sugars, opt instead for water, low-fat or
fat-free milk, and 100 percent juices.
- Don't forget that we are still in the thick of cold and flu season. If you haven't already, talk with your doctor about getting the flu shot (it's never too late!) and be sure to wash your hands frequently.
- Focus on eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, low-fat or fat-free dairy, and lean cuts of meat, poultry and fish. If this seems daunting, focus on improving one area of your diet one step at a time. For example, maybe your family could use more fruit: an 8-ounce glass of Florida Orange Juice, tastes great and counts toward your fruit intake. Check out ChooseMyPlate.gov for more ideas.
For more ways to stay healthy in 2016, visit FloridaJuice.com.
About the Florida Department of CitrusThe Florida Department of Citrus is an executive agency of Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its activities are funded by a tax paid by growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels. The industry employs nearly 62,000 people, provides an annual economic impact of nearly $10.7 billion to the state, and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that help support Florida's schools, roads and health care services. For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, please visit FloridaCitrus.org.