6 Non-Diet New Year’s Resolutions

A new year means another New Year’s resolution! But how successful are your New Year’s resolutions and how often are they focused on diet and body weight? Try something new this year and set a non-diet New Year’s resolution that works towards creating a lasting, healthy lifestyle.

Check out these low-budget ideas to start your new year:

  1. Be a body positive role model for you kids
    • The goal is to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself so your kids feel confident and want to implement healthy habits as they grow up.
    • Body positivity will help create a positive relationship with food, help enjoy food without restriction or guilt, and focus on feeling the satisfaction and nourishment of food rather than calories and body weight.
    • Body positivity can look like respecting your own body, honoring your hunger, or using neutral words to describe food (like comforting or fueling rather than should/shouldn’t or good/bad).
  2. Mindfulness and practicing gratitude
    • Thoughts are powerful and can impact how our body feels and functions.
    • Being mindful and bringing positive thoughts around food and body can help your kids feel comfortable with trying new foods.
    • Take time for yourself any time of the day, even as little as 5 minutes, or create a wind down routine to reflect at the end of the day.
    • Eat as a family! Slow down, enjoy your food and company, and guide a positive conversation.
  3. Incorporate joyful movement
    • Joyful movement shows your kids that movement is fun and feels good rather than as a way to change the way your body looks.
    • Find movement that you enjoy doing and feels good for your body:
      • Dancing, gardening, yoga, walking, playing with your kids, or biking.
    • Incorporate movement throughout the day:
      • Stretching during breaks at work, walking an extra lap around the store, or dance while doing housework.
  4. Spend more time as a family
    • Discover activities your family enjoys!
    • Try new activities like, walking around the neighborhood, a family game night, reading books together, family yoga, or making crafts together.
    • Include your family in age-appropriate meal planning and preparation.
  5. Create balanced meals using MyPlate
    • At every meal and snack include a food from each category:
      • Fruit and or vegetable
      • Protein and or dairy
      • Whole grain
  6. Reduce screen time
    • Discover activities that do not involve a screen-ask your kids what they enjoy doing.
    • Be an active role model for your kids by spending time quality time together.
    • Go outdoors, offer engaging indoor activities or crafts, make cooking a educational activity, create screen-free zones in your home.

Try this recipe out! Notice how you talk about the ingredients as you prepare the recipe, how you engage with your family while eating, and your level of satisfaction and nourishment from the food.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake

A lightly sweetened, nutrient packed breakfast for the whole family!
Print Recipe
CourseBreakfast, Brunch, Holiday, Main Course
CuisineAmerican
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Servings8
Calories413kcal

Equipment

  • 9×12 inch baking pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • cutting board
  • Knife

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf whole wheat bread about 12-15 slices
  • 3 apples diced small
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 cups low-fat milk or unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Break apart bread into bite sized pieces and place in a greased 9×12 in. baking pan.
  • Wash apples under clean water, then core and dice into small pieces. Toss with bread in baking pan to evenly distribute.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon until fully combined.
  • Pour egg mixture over top of bread and apples. Add more cinnamon on top if desired
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes. Serve warm with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Get your kids involved! Let them rip apart the bread, crack the eggs, whisk, and pour the egg mixture. *Always give age-appropriate tasks.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake
Serving Size
 
1 slice
Amount per 1 Serving
Calories
413
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
132
mg
44
%
Sodium
 
500
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
65
g
22
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
28
g
31
%
Protein
 
21
g
42
%
Vitamin D
 
3
µg
20
%
Calcium
 
409
mg
41
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
Potassium
 
647
mg
18
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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