Did you know 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February? If you are ready to approach healthy living with a new mindset, we’re here to help with realistic ways to add more foods in your diet, no matter what healthy eating means to you. Say goodbye to diets that are perfect, overwhelming and difficult. Instead say YES to more foods that taste delicious and nourish the body. Join ALDI Dietitian, Jessica Patel, as she helps you navigate sustainable nutrition choices.
This year I’m asking you to say no. No to juice cleanses. No to unnecessary restriction. No to crash diets. By the way, did you know research shows that 95% of those that follow diets regain the weight back? It’s time to try something different with our health. Let’s talk about how you can add more foods to your plate. Here at ALDI we have what you need to eat healthier at budget-friendly prices, no matter your tastes and preferences.
How can you start eating well? We’re not talking about a quick-fix or total overhaul. Say YES to more plants.
Plant-based foods play a role in the prevention and management of a number of health issues and diseases. By adding more plants to your plate you’ll be getting more from your food like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. There are an abundance of foods you can eat to incorporate more plants. Emphasize a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains.
A few of my favorites at ALDI:
- Fruit: grapes, kiwis, pomegranates, and mangoes
- Veggies: SimplyNature Organic Kale, brussel sprouts
- Nuts & Seeds: Southern Grove Sunflower seeds, SimplyNature Chia Seeds
- Beans: Dakota’s Pride Garbanzo Beans
- Whole Grains: SimplyNature Organic Quinoa, SimplyNature Seedtastic 21 Whole Grains & Seeds Bread, Millville Old Fashioned Oats
If you are wondering how to add in more plant-based foods, we’ve got some simple solutions to help. We’re making it easy for your family to eat more plant-based meals at home with new products and more veggie-centric recipes right from the ALDI Test Kitchen. I’m so excited to introduce our new line of vegetarian products, Earth Grown, a simple way to eat more plants. These products are friendly for vegetarians, vegans or those of us just wanting to get a few more plants on our plate.
A quick solution to more veggies at home:
Earth Grown™ Kale Veggie Burgers – made from a variety of plant-based foods like kale, grains, veggies and spices
Earth Grown™ Quinoa Crunch Veggie Burgers – made from ingredients you’ll love like quinoa, carrots, red bell peppers, and peas.
Add a meatless meal to your menu this week:
Chickpea Korma with Spiced Rice – a vegetarian meal full of middle eastern flair made from hearty chickpeas.
Veggie Patty Tacos – White corn tortilla filled with crumbled Earth Grown vegan patties and topped with a chipotle vegetable slaw.
Vegan Protein Oatmeal Bites -mini muffins with nourishing ingredients like oats, banana and almond butter
Tuna-less Sandwich – an open-faced mock tuna salad make from garbanzo beans with vegan mayonnaise.
Add more veggies to your plate with these yummy side dishes:
Cauliflower “Rice” with Caramelized Onions & Roasted Garlic – an easy swap for a traditional side dish, this “rice” dish is a great addition to your main meal.
Autumn Kale Salad – a seasonal kale salad with goodies like butternut squash, hazelnuts and apple chips.
Jessica joined the ALDI team as the Corporate Dietitian in January 2016. She completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science.
Jessica went on to complete her Dietetic Internship in Wellness at Bradley University, where she gained experience with retail, community and clinical nutrition.
Before coming to ALDI, Jessica worked at a health club and at one of the leading natural retailers.