The New Year is fast approaching. Every year the majority of people make their New Year’s resolutions regarding health and wellness, and those usually translate to eating healthier. While we are big fans of a balanced diet and indulging every so often, we wanted to share a few hacks to help you keep those food resolutions, because we know you’re busy and it’s not always easy. Or else you wouldn’t have called it out as a top priority, right?
Cook at home more often.
Studies show you have a much healthier diet when you cook at home. Not only is it more affordable, but you won’t put too much butter in your mashed potatoes or cook everything in a tub of grease, for instance.

According to this Harvard article, “People who frequently cook dinner at home consume fewer calories than those who cook less, according to a study of more than 9,000 people published online Nov. 14, 2014, by Public Health Nutrition. “Research finds that people who eat home-cooked meals on a regular basis tend to be happier and healthier and consume less sugar and processed foods, which can result in higher energy levels and better mental health. Eating home-cooked meals five or more days a week is even associated with a longer life,” via this Fix.com article.
Practice a balanced diet.
If you love the occasional dessert, candy or wine, you don’t have to go without it. Just don’t plan to have a seven-layer chocolate cake every single night and you should be OK.
Plan ahead.
Our meat delivery service allows you to choose from four curated boxes of quality meat shipped directly to your door. It’s all individually packaged so you can easily store it in your freezer and pull it out the morning of to defrost it. Don’t just plan ahead with meal prepping ideas and dinner ideas, but just the fact you’ll have your freezer stocked with quality beef, chicken, and pork, will help you keep your food resolutions in tact.
Plan a cheat day.
Along with a balanced diet and still having fun and enjoying food, planning a cheat day is a much healthier way to indulge in your favorites, plus it actually feels like a wonderful cheat that you deserve and worked for. Even schedule it on your iPhone calendar and invite your boyfriend or best friend to join you on the occasion.

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Remember, steak is good for you.
You’ve probably heard rumors that red meat and steak is bad for you, but it’s not. Steak is actually good for you and provides a bunch of beneficial nutrients.
Spice up your chicken recipes (and all your recipes for that matter, so food is exciting, not boring and bland).
Not literally, but there are so many recipes you can make with chicken, like our all-natural chicken meat box. In fact, we have an entire chicken recipe board on Pinterest with some easy and delicious recipes to try right away. Yes, chicken is one of the healthiest meals you can eat, so stock up with our meat delivery service and try a new recipe each weeknight.
Take on your food resolutions with a buddy.
Maybe it’s your next-door neighbor, your roommate, or husband. Holding each other accountable will be key to success. You can also try recipe swaps so you don’t feel like you’re in the kitchen cooking every single day.
Make smart swaps where you can.
This goes for cooking at home, dining out, and even something as simple as your Starbucks order. Eating a healthier breakfast or foregoing the whipped cream on your pumpkin spiced latte will save you calories you can splurge on later, when you’re really in the mood for them.
Drink plenty of water. Then, drink more.
If you need to invest in a fancy water bottle or download a “water-drinking reminder” app on your cell phone, do it! Maybe even make it a daily competition with a friend or coworker?
Before you snack, ask one simple question: am I hungry or bored?
Odds are, we already know the answer to that one, right?
Smoothies aren’t always a good idea.
Whether you’re making a homemade smoothie or going to your favorite local spot be weary of all the sugars that are in most smoothies. Try these smoothie hacks to help you eat healthier.
Get enough sleep.
Yikes – did you know you “not getting enough sleep leads people to eat 385 additional calories the following day?” Read more on delish.com. Did you know Good Ranchers subscription boxes and pop up locations can easily help you stay on track with your food resolutions and that we also give back to your local community? Read more about our process, and don’t forget to bookmark our grilling blog for expert tips, recipes, and more to keep you on track with your food resolutions. Please note: Good Ranchers prices, packages, availability and locations may change.