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Ditch the New Year's resolution and make 2014 a delicious, well-balanced eating revolution

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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:37 am, Thu May 15, 2014.

(BPT) - The New Year’s resolution is an annual tradition for many Americans. But year after year, Americans throw themselves into a harsh new routine of extreme weight loss and diet, which leaves little room for success. In fact, 92 percent of those who set a resolution fall short of keeping it. This year, kick those New Year’s resolutions to the curb and revamp your lifestyle with a well-balanced eating revolution. What does this mean? Make small – and flavorful – changes to your daily routine to help you reach your goals and become a better you throughout the year. The following tips include new ways to prepare meals for every season, allowing you to boost your energy and make better choices without sacrificing taste.

Warm up for winter

Vegetable dishes are becoming the new normal and moving to the center of the plate according to USA Today. Sixty-nine percent of Americans are now making vegetables their main meal. Often times, vegetable based meals can be quick and easy, making weekday meals a cinch. One way to make a warm, toasty weeknight dish is to incorporate roasted veggies. Roasting can bring out robust flavors in favorites like asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower. Add a little zest to your vegetable medley with Marzetti Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips. The veggie dips feature the light and creamy texture of Greek yogurt blended with an array of spices to create a uniquely fresh option for dips and main dishes.

Prepare for a spring in your step

With the arrival of spring, comes the anticipation of delicious seasonal veggies. After the winter months of eating hearty meals, try incorporating the delicious flavors of light spring vegetables in a fresh seasonal salad. Turn classic salad favorites into a new flavor exploration; rather than using blue cheese dressing on a wedge salad, opt for creamy Caesar dressing or top it with Marzetti Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette. Making small changes to your staple dishes may just give you a whole new outlook on the season.

Smart summer snacking

Between backyard barbecues and frequent summertime get-togethers, summer can make well-balanced eating a struggle. But summer is also grilling season, which brings endless new options for mealtime and snacking in between.  In fact, 55 percent of Americans are more likely to eat fresh vegetables if they can be dipped. So take grilled summer veggies like peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini from good to delicious with Marzetti Otria Cucumber Dill Feta Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip. When you have veggies and dip on-hand, you might find yourself reaching for a well-balanced snack rather than the potato chips or fries.

Power up for fall

Now that summer vacation is over, you may find you need more fuel to jumpstart a busy season ahead of juggling work, school, fall sports and activities for the kids. Adding lean proteins to your diet will help you increase energy, feel full and avoid indulging in foods with empty calories. Start your day off right with a veggie omelet. Try a spinach and mushroom omelet with Marzetti Otria Spinach Artichoke Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip as the perfect complement.

Striving to reach your goals for a better you can be as simple as ditching the idea of New Year’s resolutions, committing to better eating, and incorporating creativity along the way. To help you on your eating revolution journey throughout the year, visit www.marzetti.com for recipe ideas and tips.

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