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Follow monthly plan to eat healthier

Looking for ways to get healthier this year? We offer month-by-month easy ideas that can help you and your family get into the habit.

February: Learn to make homemade stock and freeze the extra for future culinary exploits.

March: It’s the perfect season for nutrient-rich soups. Use the homemade broth you made in February.

April: Learn to cook dark leafy greens. Don’t be afraid to try selections such as Swiss chard, mustard greens and bok choy.

May: Incorporate protein into breakfast. Eggs are a good bet, as is a warm quinoa cereal.

June: Make this the month of the bean.

July: Every cell in your body needs water, so get the kids off juice and onto water. Start the transition slowly by watering down the juice.

August: Stockpile summer’s bounty of vegetables by learning the art of fermentation. Fermented foods add nutritional value to any meal.

September: Eat less sugar. It is time to get back to more healthful patterns. If a sweet treat is needed, try dark chocolate or fruit.

October: Integrate more whole grains into your diet. Start some days off with whole oats, experiment with quinoa, barley and millet salads for lunch or dinner.

November: Slow down, sit when you eat, chew thoroughly and really taste your meal. Make this a habit before the hectic holidays begin.

December: Give thanks. Studies show that people who show gratitude are healthier and happier.