New Year…New You

It’s that time of the year when we make lists and resolutions for what the next twelve months should be like, yet we all know that it’s difficult to keep these.  Since we know the importance of  sticking to these changes, we’d like to share some tips for how to be successful as the New Year begins.  In the Martha Stewart Living magazine,  we found great tips to keep your resolution list focused on achievable goals.  Whether you’ve created a long list that needs some trimming or you’ve decided that resolutions are ridiculous, we hope this post will motivate you to take on 2013 with excitement and confidence.

Food Finds

We always hear how important it is to eat right, but it’s not always clear what the “right” food is for us. In this new year, you can add a little variety to your diet with some new recipes and also some new ingredients.  In “Healthy Living” from Martha Stewart Living, Rebecca Misner reports that two new whole grains to try are freekeh and sorghum, which both have very important benefits.  If you are looking for high fiber and protein, use freekeh in soups or when making pilafs.  If you need  a gluten-free grain that is high in antioxidants, sorghum can be substituted as flour for baking or boiled as rice.  For some daring new recipes that are tasty and good for you, try any of these delicious dishes found in Martha Stewart’s cookbook.

Asparagus-And-Lemon Risotto

Full of vegetables and spices, this dish provides a rich and delicious meal that can be customized to your tastes and preferences. For example, you can use barley instead of rice or use a different vegetable in place of the asparagus, such as spinach.  Enjoy this dish by getting the full recipe here!

Escarole Salad with Roast Lemon Chicken, Lardons, and Poached Eggs

If you need to add a little kick to your salads, this recipe brings flavor in with a delicious roasted chicken and poached eggs.  This salad moves from side dish to entree with a few amazing additions, so definitely add this one to your cookbook today!  Check out the chicken recipe here and the full salad recipe here and get started on this outstanding meal.

Healthy Habits

Besides watching the foods you eat it is important to make sure to keep your health in check by scheduling visits with your physician and choosing workouts that will work for you.  Before you let January slip by, schedule your doctor and dentist visits now, which will help you get an appointment before your calendar fills up.  If you aren’t sure where to start with exercise, know that you have options with cross-training and you can start slow.  Instead of doing the same exercise routine every day and only building up some of your muscles, work on a select workout from the cardio, strength, and flexibility categories and rotate these different exercise types throughout the week.  Thankfully, we are surrounded by resources on the internet, such as mayoclinic.com, so that you can follow through on your resolutions and have a successful year!  Click on the image below to find out what workouts you can get started with!

We wish you a happy and healthy New Year and we are excited for the goals that you will make and work towards!  We are excited to work with you in 2013 as you also make changes in your home, whether its design or remodel, and we hope to see you in our showroom soon!  We’d love to hear your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions – do you make them? Comment below and tell us “Yes” or “No” and why or why not!