5 Ways You Can Make Healthier Eating Decisions In 2015

Photo credit: @Cynthia_Ho on Instagram

Photo credit: @Cynthia_Ho on Instagram

 

It’s no surprise that the #1 New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. After all, more than 1 out of every 3 Americans is considered to be obese, and almost 75% of all men are at least considered to be overweight. So, in the season for goal setting, most people decide they want to lose weight and get healthier.

We’re here to cheer you on and give you some helpful tips for achieving healthier eating habits so you can improve your health and shed those unwanted pounds. Of course, you’ve probably heard it said that about 90% of all diets fail. That’s because most diets set a laundry list of oppressive rules that are practically impossible to stick with for an extended period of time. The real secret to losing weight and getting healthier is to make small, practical changes in your diet over time that you can stick with for a lifetime.

With that in mind, here are 5 simple ways you can start making healthier eating decisions in 2015 and beyond!

 

  1. Eat less sodium—The average American eats way too much salt. It’s hidden in just about everything we eat. The risks of consuming too much sodium are endless, including hypertension, osteoporosis, dehydration, kidney problems, hormone imbalances, and so much more. Try to cut back on salt whenever possible. One good way to do that is to use low-sodium cooking products when possible, like Little Soya low-sodium soy sauce which has a fraction of the sodium levels of standard soy sauce.
  2. Cut back on gluten—While not everyone needs to go on a gluten-free diet, the truth is there are a lot of benefits that can come with at least cutting back on how much gluten you consume. Many people report simply feeling better and having improved digestion after limiting their gluten intake. Try to become more mindful of your gluten intake, and when possible, consider using gluten-free substitutes, like Little Soya gluten-free soy sauce.
  3. Add fruits or vegetables to every meal—By adding a little produce to each meal, you can get more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to boost your overall health. Eating at least 5 servings of produce can help reduce your risk for stroke, heart disease, and some cancers. An easy way to do this is to add a serving of fruit to breakfast every morning and a couple of servings of greens to lunch and dinner. Check out our simple recipe for winter greens sautéed with Little Soya and garlic…it’s delicious!
  4. Make water your go-to drink—Its recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day so that you don’t become chronically dehydrated. Simply put, water is essential to health and should be a staple in our diets. Instead of always reaching for a calorie-loaded drink like a coke, try to make water your go-to beverage of choice. Don’t like the taste of plain water? That’s okay. Add some flavor with a wedge of lemon or lime, or infuse it with some fruits of your choice.
  5. Be more aware—Simply put, one of the best things you can do to reach your health goals for 2015 is to be more aware of what you’re consuming. Pay attention to everything you eat and drink. Write it down if you can. And try to slow down when you eat so you can naturally eat less while feeling fuller.

 

We’re here to support you in achieving a healthier, happier lifestyle in 2015! Let’s do this!

 

Little Soya makes a splash at the 8th Annual ICC in New York City

 

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Little Soya was very excited to travel to New York City and attend the Starchefs 8th Annual International Chef Congress. This is a one of a kind event where we were  honored to be in the presence of 140 world class chefs, pastry chefs, & mixologists.

All 3 days were filled with tons of presentations, seminars, pop up lunches, and tastings. The livelihood and energy of everyone under one roof enjoying some of the best food and wine from all over the globe was definitely a memorable one!

Day one we witnessed the first annual barbecue competition, Smoke@ICC. It featured ten small but very famous pit masters that had a face off competition.

And drum roll please… the winner of this one-of-a kind competition went to Team Carillon from Austin, Texas! Congrats Carillon! Besides winning an all-expenses paid trip to Korea, they also received a chance to enter & compete at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

Eating all of the yummy briskets that each restaurant served was only half the fun. The other half consisted of seeing all the beautifully plated dishes being created before our eyes by world famous Chefs such as Philip Speer of UCHI (one of our top clients) and James Beard award winner Chef Johnny Iuzzini.

The highlight of our trip was meeting THE Danny Bowien from Mission Chinese FoodHis story of how he started up his restaurant (recently ranked by Bon Appetit Magazine as the second Best New Restaurant in America and by GQ Magazine as the fourth Best New Restaurant in America) was inspiring and definitely reminds us of our own humble beginnings. NYC Mission Chinese Food was launched in 2012 and the unique culture of the restaurant still exists, which is why many of us love it.

 

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In the end we met many fantastic chefs who showed us new techniques and culinary concepts that we were proud to take back home with us.

One thing is certain… Little Soya left a mark in NYC and the restaurant industry keeps demanding for more of America’s favorite soy sauce!

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You Love Us! You Really Love Us!

An awesome photo sent to us from one of our thousands of fans!

An awesome pic sent from one of our thousands of fans!

Honestly, one of the most fun parts of our jobs at Little Soya is hearing from you, our fans.  We think Little Soya is the best-tasting soy sauce on the planet, but we never get tired of our fans telling us how much they enjoy it.

Today we just wanted to post a few of the hundreds of messages we’ve been hearing and receiving the past few weeks from some of our biggest fans.

Enjoy!

“My daughter called me from HEB and said, ‘You’ll never guess what I found.  It’s a portable gluten-free soy sauce called Little Soya.’  “You guys changed our lives.  My daughter and I are both gluten free.  Now we can go to any Asian restaurant and bring your soy sauce with us!”Maggie Cox

“I went to the Fancy Food show specifically to find new and innovative companies that our firm would be interested in helping get acquired.  The only one that I found that met all our qualifications was Little Soya!”Managing Director of a major mergers and acquisitions firm

Another great fan photo!

“Little Soya was a huge hit with my family last night and was declared the best soy sauce by my picky kids!”Victoria Lindsay

“This is like the Dom Perignon of soy sauce.  Actually you can try it just straight without any sushi and it really tastes different.  It’s so good!”Eve Mayer Orsburn

“I took one of your samples back to my restaurant last night and did a blind taste-testing with the three other soy sauces that we provide and everyone but one person picked your soy sauce!” –  General manager of Moshi Moshi in San Francisco

“Snaps for Little Soya soy sauce.  It’s so yummy in my tummy!  And the tummies of other cool Nebraskans!  Plus, they’re so dang cute!”Deborah Schmucker

“I am fueled by a gluten-free lifestyle.  Thanks to Little Soya.  I now can enjoy soy sauce conveniently at my favorite sushi restaurants!”Pei Pei “Peppa” Yuan

Thanks for the great pic Pei Pei!

“Awesome product both inside and out!  We fish offshore and often eat fresh mahi mahi.  YAour packaging and soy sauce are perfect for it!  As well as the car or at the dinner table!  Well done Little Soya!Jaime Duke Benson

“We really enjoyed our first batch of Little Soya today!  It is fantastic!  It’s not salty but quite tasty.  Thank you for such a great product!”Manuela Cabral Fly

And please, keep sending us your messages.  Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook or just shoot us an email.  Hearing from you is what makes this job so much fun!