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Looking to kickstart healthy eating habits this year? Here are some food choices and brands you can start with

By Brooke Villanueva Published Jan 03, 2022 7:00 pm

A new year comes with the magical idea of having a clean slate and bringing out a “new you.” This doesn’t only include outfits and routines, but also eating habits.

It’s totally normal to feel some sort of guilt after all the good food we had during the holidays. Interestingly, a new year follows the delightful season right after, sparking hope and intent to make progress toward our health and fitness goals. 

This 2022, why not give healthy eating habits a jumpstart? Just make sure to be gentle with yourself as you take small steps and explore some healthy food you might love. Here are some food choices and brands to get you started.

We can’t think of a better healthy alternative to pizza than Shakey’s Philippines’ Goood Taco Pizza. Would you believe that this new plant-based item, which starts at P381, is meat-free, cheese-free, and guilt-free? Go ahead and try it for yourself. 

Even the crowd favorite Tim Hortons Philippines has joined the plant-based movement. The food brand recently partnered with Nestle Professional Philippines’ HARVEST GOURMET® plant-based products to introduce new healthy items to its menu: meat-free Classic Barbecue Sensational® Burger (P230) and meat-free Grilled Quesadilla with Barbecue Sauce (P190). Perfect for meat lovers who want to change their eating habits, Tim Hortons declared that its affordable meat-free alternatives could make it difficult to tell the difference from meat.

Do you have little to no time to plan your meals ahead? Healthy Foodie Manila has got you covered. You can just choose among its 2022 diet programs, including the Slim & Fit Skinny Detox (starting at P370/day), Low Carb High Protein Power Diet (starting at P550/day), and the Keto Shred Extreme Fat Burn (starting at P500/day), and have your meals delivered to your doorstep for your health (and convenience!).

If you want to dine out (safely), you might want to check out The Daily Cut at The Podium, where you can customize your healthy bowl according to your taste and liking. Its base options include brown rice, whole grain pasta, loose-leaf medley, roasted sweet potato, and kale, while its proteins are jerk chicken, chicken breast, herb-crusted fish fillet, salmon fillet, grilled striploin, and honey garlic pork loin. Take it up a notch with some supplements, toppings, and dressings. 

Can’t let go of milk tea? There’s no need to deprive yourself of it. Try The Sugar-Free Bakery’s “Seriously Sugar-free Milktea” (P160), which is made with a healthier version of the well-loved drink with Organic Assab black tea as its base. This low-carb, gluten-free, 100% natural, diabetic-friendly, and keto-friendly drink is finished off with some homemade rock salt and cream cheese.