A positive path to a healthy new you


(Family Features) – For many people, the New Year brings the resolve to just say no to indulgent food and drink, to inactivity and to a host of other unhealthy habits.

However, you can also approach your reset with balance and positive thinking. This can be your year to say “yes” and rework the all-or-nothing mentality, which can be a more mindful way to reach your goals.

From eating with purpose to finding healthier options for tasty meals, making small changes can help you reap rewards throughout the year. Start 2018 with a clean slate of practical and attainable eating goals that are realistic for the life you want to lead.

Part of making healthy choices includes finding quick and easy recipes. Discover how easy it is to make fresh meals at home with this better-for-you recipe and find more options at aldi.us.

Cranberry Orange

Chia Granola

Recipe courtesy of Chef Linsey, ALDI Test Kitchen


2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

6 ounces shelled pistachios, chopped

1/4 cup chia seeds

5 ounces dried cranberries

1 tablespoon orange zest

3/4 cup organic wildflower honey

3 tablespoons organic coconut oil

1 teaspoon  pure vanilla

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt


Heat oven to 325 degrees F.

In large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, chia seeds, cranberries and orange zest. Toss until all ingredients are evenly distributed.

In separate medium bowl, combine honey, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Heat in microwave 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking in 30-second intervals until coconut oil is melted.

Add honey mixture to oat mixture. Toss until thoroughly coated. Transfer to parchment- or foil-lined baking sheet. Spread into even layer and bake in center of oven 20 minutes. Stir and continue cooking until evenly browned, about 10-15 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Serve with yogurt or enjoy on its own.

Note: Granola can be stored in airtight container up to 3 weeks.