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How the Market Can Help You Have a Healthy 2012

Five ways to stick to that New Year's Resolution with help from the Coronado Farmers Market.

 

With the New Year in sight, it’s time to start making those pesky resolutions. Perhaps the most common one each year: To lose weight. And while it’s not an intangible goal, there are better resolutions out there.

If you’re resolution is to slim down, I’m encouraging you to take another (and maybe easier) route and vow to get healthy. Lucky for Coronado, we’ve got a weekly farmers market year-round that can help keep our resolutions in check.

I’ve listed five ways that the market can help inspire healthier eating throughout 2012 and beginning Jan. 2, I’ll post a “Resolution Recipe” inspired by the market each month. 

Here’s to a new year and healthy beginnings!

1.    Skip the cheese

Cheese is nothing but fat—and it’s addicting, scientifically speaking. It’s best to cut it out of your diet completely, but as a fellow cheese lover, I realize this is no easy task.

I’ve talked a lot about ’s quarks, and for good reason. They’re absolutely delicious. The lemon and vanilla can be used as a fruit dip and the garlic variety for dipping veggies. The plain variety is a great substitute for sour cream or to just eat as is, like cottage cheese.

The quarks are low in fat, as they’re the “whey” of the milk, so eat up without feeling guilty!

2.    No more potato chips

Potato chips are addicting because of their crunch and their salt content. But all that salt is dangerous and contributes to bloating.

I completely understand needing a crunchy snack, and thankfully, the market has fresh almonds that come in a variety of flavors for a heart-healthy snack that curbs the crunch and salt cravings.

Another great alternative for potato chips is the trendy kale chip. Make sure you check out next week’s “Fresh From the Farmers Market” column for a recipe for these healthy alternatives.

3.    Say sayonara to salt

As mentioned above, salt=bad when you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Of course, some salt is necessary for our bodies, but the less of it, the better for your weight management.

Instead of seasoning dishes with salt, reach for herbs instead. has a lot (after poinsettia season is over, they’ll be back) to choose from, and herbs are delicious and good for you, so go to town with them.

Season mashed potatoes with thyme, your pasta with oregano, your chicken with rosemary, your soups with lemongrass. Create your own herb and spice blends (spices are ok, too, as long as they are salt free) and use them for multiple dishes. You won’t even miss the salt.

 4.    Ditch dessert

We all know that dessert is the most delicious meal of the day, and also the least important. If you’re a big dessert lover, it will be hard to give up the sweets at first, but all you need to do is substitute fruit and you’re good to go.

Some fruit at the market is so sweet on its own, it’s hard to believe that it’s fruit. Like the , which you could substitute in baking for sugar or eat on its own like a custard.

Also try freezing fruit or pureeing it and making homemade popsicles out of them. Soon, you’ll start craving fruit instead of sugary desserts.

5.    Make a better breakfast

Green smoothies are chock full of vitamins and nutrients essential for daily health. And everything you need for them can be found at the Coronado Farmers Market. Start your day off right with this recipe and make sure you use the fresh, local and organic ingredients found at the market.

Green Machine Smoothie

  • 1 Granny Smith apple or pear, cut into one-inch chunks ()
  • 2 cups of kale or 2 cups spinach ()
  • 1 lime or lemon, juiced (
  • 1 small handful of cilantro, roughly chopped (Maciel Family Farms or Casa Blanca)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (Polito Family Farms)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, optional

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

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