Almost everyone’s New Year resolutions include eating healthier and being more active. But where do you start? We’ve teamed up with Heather Bauer, nutritionist and healthy lifestyle author, who gives a list of 15 delicious and fun things to try! Here is the first in a three part series of her top tips for starting out 2015 right!

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With the New Year upon us, new trends in food and fitness are sure to come and go, but these 15 tips are keepers. These tried, tested and true methods will provide lot’s of benefits for a happier, healthier you.

  • Try #meatlessmonday – Reducing meat consumption- even one day a week- can have a significant positive impact on your health and the environment. Delicious and convenient plant protein brands like gardein provide all the protein of meat with less fat, less calories and no cholesterol, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.  Plant proteins are also lighter on the environment.  It can take 1,800 gallons of water to make a lb. of beef, whereas it only takes about 53 gallons of water to make a lb. of gardein.  Annualized, those savings could fill Lake Tahoe.

meatless chickn nuggets

  • Jump up to a high intensity interval training (HIIT) program – Spinning classes such as Flywheel, treadmill workouts, crossfit, home workouts like Insanity and P90X are effective high intensity interval training programs that maximize fat burning by ramping up your heart rate and bringing it back down. These bursts can help with weight loss and keep your cardio system strong.  If you tend to get bored with a workout, you’ll love these.

high intensity interval training

  • Eat more fermented foods – These aromatic, probiotics boost the healthy bacteria in your gut for better digestion, increased energy and improved brain health and the look of your skin. My new favs are coconut yogurt, Kimchi and pickles– separately, not all in one dish, unless you’re craving something really


  • Focus on “beauty berries”– It’s the fountain of youth, the natural way. Goji berries and Acai are touted for their antioxidants, amino acids and omega fatty acids combo which help slow the aging process by boosting immune and metabolic function. Goji berries are also packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C.

nutritionist recommended goji berries


  • More Matcha please – Matcha green tea is super rich in antioxidants. Those are the nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation and helping to give us younger-looking. Bonus: Matcha can also help with weight loss!

nutritionist recommended matcha tea

To see Heathers next 5 tips click here