When the last cracker has been pulled, the last turkey sandwich eaten and the overindulgences of Christmas are finally over, many of us start thinking about New Year's Resolutions.
If you’re thinking about setting yourself a resolution for 2023, we’ve got a few ideas to help you focus on what you eat to try and make sure that next year is hopefully good for you, for the environment and for the animals.
More cooking, less eating out and takeaways
Not only does cooking at home save money, but it means you have greater control over your food. Home-cooked meals are generally healthier as you can control exactly how much sugar and salt goes in. You can also make sure you know where the ingredients have come from. So why not set yourself a target for the number of meals out and takeaways you’ll buy each month? And if you’re looking for healthy dinner ideas, check out our recipes pages.
Save time and money by batch cooking
Some people find cooking a chore and get fed up with spending all their time planning or cooking. A great solution for this, and a great way to take the stress out of mealtimes is to plan out your meals and batch cook. This is also a great way to save money as you utilise all your ingredients and are less likely to have food waste. By cooking more than you need, you can put the rest in the freezer for another day. You’ll also have healthy, homemade food at hand when hunger strikes. Why not resolve to do some batch cooking a couple of times a month?
Eat less, eat better
Maybe you are thinking of cutting out or cutting down the amount of animal protein you eat in the new year. People adopt reducetarian diets, where they reduce their meat, fish and dairy intakes, for a number of reasons. This could be for health, for the environment, or because of a concern for animals. You could challenge yourself to eat meat less frequently, but when you do, to look out for products that have come from farms that follow higher animal welfare standards. If this sounds like the resolution for you, you can download our Eat Less, Eat Better recipe book for some ideas. We also have more information about reducetarianism and the benefits of cutting down on your meat consumption. When you buy RSPCA Assured labelled products, you are not only supporting farmers dedicated to animal welfare and choosing products that have come from animals that have been treated with respect throughout their whole lives. You are also helping us to continue working to improve welfare standards.