With the new year comes new goals, and around this time of year, many of us resolve to become healthier and more fit. According to an article published by NBC News, the most Googled resolution at the end of 2016 was “how to get healthy”.

Most of us want to lead a healthier life in order to function more energetically and not feel sluggish. You might notice this sluggishness in your daily life, but just write it off as being tired from a long day. However, you would be surprised to discover that simply adjusting your diet can make you feel like a new you.

Sticking to our goals can be a tiresome and difficult task, but try not to look at it as a “goal” – consider it as a life changing experience. When we feel good, we tend to have increased confidence and confidence can lead to bigger and better opportunities in our lives. So for those of you who have decided that being fit and staying healthy is the experience you want to take on this year, let’s take a look at how the RGV can help you accomplish this and help you have the best year yet.

Drink Your Veggies and Fruits

Consuming vegetables and fruits such as spinach, kale, blueberries, or strawberries isn’t for all of us. Some of us simply do not care for the flavors, but luckily, you can mask those flavors in juices and smoothies. Here are a few spots to check out, and believe me, you won’t be disappointed:

The Health Nut

1701 W. Dove, Mcallen


You might be intimidated at first glance through the menu here, but don’t be, there is something for everyone. The He-Man, which is a flavorful smoothie combination of spinach, avocado, apple, pineapple, spirulina and protein, is one of the favorites at the Health Nut and will definitely make you want to come back for more! Other local favorites include The Missy (smoothie) and The Mean Green (juice), give them a try – you’ll be hooked!

Shake Express

6308 N. 10th St., McAllen


Shake Express not only offers an amazing selection of healthy smoothies and juices, but also some healthy coffee options as well. Healthy coffee? Yes, there is indeed such a thing. Give the Shake Express favorite, Protein Coffee, a try – available in chocolate and cinnamon swirl. As for their smoothies, the Berry Berry is highly popular, as well as their juice 400 B.C., which will give you a great dose towards your daily recommended vegetable serving .

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Meal Prep

The mere idea of preparing daily meals can be overwhelming (it’s definitely not an easy task). But preparing meals ahead of time has shown to provide positive results and leads to better dietary habits for those who choose to take this route. The RGV has a few of its own successful chefs specializing in such services to help you through this venture.

Beauty & Beast Cuisine

411 E. Mahl St., Edinburg


If you are seeking delicious, affordable and healthy meals, look no further than Beauty & Beast Cuisine. Meals are made from scratch, are 100% gluten free, and diabetic friendly. You can visit the Beauty & Beast website for more information on how you can get started on your healthier lifestyle.

Fit Filet

1701 W. Dove Ave., McAllen


At Fit Filet, not only will you find pre-made meals to take home, but they also have a lovely dine-in area. Enjoy scrumptious dishes like veggie lasagna, salisbury steak, and chipotle lime chicken, along with an array of fresh salads and sides. You won’t feel like you are on a “diet” eating these flavorful and delicious meals. Give them a call or stop in and check it out Fit Filet for yourself.

Keep Moving

It is a well known fact that the more you move, the better you feel. Not only physically, but mentally as well. There are so many options for us when it comes to exercise here in the RGV; there’s outdoor trails to walk/jog/bike, gyms, kickboxing studios, yoga studios, and crossfit gyms just to name a few. Remember to keep your body and mind in motion and you will definitely see results after a few months commitment.

Casa OM Yoga

800 Main St., Suite 310, McAllen

If you are new to yoga, Casa OM is a great fit for you. Their colorful, quaint, and relaxing studio will make you feel right at home. Their instruction is not difficult to follow and they are hands on, making sure you feel comfortable, and have the best experience possible. Yoga helps with weight reduction, increased flexibility, improved respiration and energy, posture and muscle strength. Send them a message on their Facebook page for more information on classes available.

CrossFit New Force

2821 Zinnia, McAllen


Crossfit is a HUGE trend right now in the exercise world. Many people feel like they form a bond with their fellow members and coaches are always motivating you to do the best that you can. Crossfit entails a combination of exercises meant to build stamina, strength, and endurance. CrossFit New Force offer a free trial class for first timers and have morning and afternoon sessions. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

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There are so many more options available in the RGV, all it takes is a bit of research and commitment for you to get started, and luckily, we have already taken care of some of that for you. Good luck on your future endeavors regarding your health/fitness regimen – may you be successful from here on out and live an energized and prosperous life.