(Family Features) - One of the most common New Year's resolutions made - and broken - each year is to "eat healthier." It's a lofty goal that, without specific plans, can be hard to maintain. But starting small and making one decision you can stick to can set you on the path to a healthier year.
"The new year is always a great time to think about getting the most out of life and achieving optimal health," said Sarah Bratnober, marketing director at Organic Valley. "It's widely known that a healthy breakfast can boost your academic, work, and athletic performance." So, why not start off a healthy eating plan with a healthy breakfast?
Incorporating organic ingredients into breakfast is an easy way to boost your morning meal. There is growing evidence that supports choosing organic foods for their health benefits. A recent study comparing organic milk to regular milk, released by Newcastle University in the UK, has shown that organic milk has
- Sixty seven percent higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants
- Sixty percent more conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs), healthy fats that may help fight cancer
- Higher levels of good omega-3s
A Penn State study on eggs compared eggs from birds raised on an industrial diet to eggs from pastured chickens. According to the study, eggs from pastured chickens have three times more omega-3 fat and nearly twice as much vitamin E and 40 percent more vitamin A in their yolks.
In an effort to encourage people to eat healthy breakfasts and develop a passion for healthy, sustainable food, Organic Valley is launching www.organicrising.com, a Web site where participants are invited to post and share their vision for a healthier and more sustainable future through video, music, essays, photos and other creative media.
The website will promote healthy breakfasts and post coupons for Organic Valley products, including ideal breakfast items such as half and half, brown eggs, soy, orange juice, buttermilk and Organic Prairie sausage links.
Start off your healthy day - and your healthy year - with one simple step: one meal made with good-for-you-organics. It's a great way to wake up to healthy eating.
For recipes and more information, visit www.organicrising.com or www.organicvalley.coop.