Keeping up with New Year’s resolutions

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After a holiday season filled with indulgent food and limited time for exercise, there’s no time like the New Year to adopt some new, healthy habits.

Start by making a few lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthier diet or increasing your exercise regimen. Maybe you’d like to shed a few pounds or tone up before the weather gets warmer. Changing up your eating (and drinking) habits can be the first step on the path to success.

Create healthy, hearty recipes. There are plenty of delicious and nutritious recipes that can help fuel your body all year long. For example, this hearty soup is full of tasty, powerful ingredients such as protein-rich chicken sausage.

White Bean Soup with Spicy Chorizo

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 1

4 cups kale, chopped

1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 can (14 ounces) cannellini beans, drained

2 cups PUR filtered water, plus additional for rinsing

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 links precooked chicken sausage, diced

31/2 cups low-sodium

chicken broth

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Rinse kale, squash and cannellini beans in filtered water. Set aside.

In pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic, stirring frequently until softened, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and saute 2 minutes, or until warmed through and slightly browned.

Add squash, kale, broth and 2 cups filtered water. Cook, partially covered, 15-20 minutes, or until squash is softened.

Reduce heat to low. Add beans and gently simmer uncovered 3 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, before serving.

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