NUTRITIONAL TIPS & WARMING RECIPES

Eating seasonally means that you are eating plants when they are at their most vibrant. When fruits and vegetables are in season, they are more readily available and, thus, are both health and wealth agreeable. Top of the crops for January include Kale, Carrots, Leeks, Savoy Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower and Spring Greens. It?s best where possible to eat organic and again, eating seasonally makes organic produce more accessible. Find your local farmer?s market and look out for their selection of seasonal goodies.
nutrition1 We?ve all heard of dry January and after the excesses of Christmas, there?s no better time to reboot your system. Try eliminating refined sugar for a period of 30 days and see how your body responds. Benefits of going sugar-free include toned and glowing skin, consistent energy levels (no spikes) and improved concentration and mood, not to mention the fact that your body will naturally start to crave nourishing, healthy wholefoods.

It?s best to try and avoid sugar replacements altogether but Date syrup is probably the best alternative. Employ your other half, friends and/or colleagues as motivational mates to join you on your challenge and keep each other going strong.

Rejuvenate yourself this January with hearty, wholesome and restorative soups. It?s the most important time of year to nourish your body with warm, cooked foods and soup provides a wonderful and simple way in which to do this.

The health benefits of soup are far reaching, as your body finds it easier to absorb the nutrients from food in liquid form, and additionally, keep you fuller for longer meaning that you are less likely to overeat, as well as giving your digestive system a break after gluttonous December. Soups are brilliant for using up odds and ends and it?s easy to make a large batch and freeze individual portions to use throughout the week, making them a budget and time friendly option. What?s not to like?

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nutrition4 Although December conjures up images of the holiday season, it can often propel us into January feeling depleted which is not compatible with the grand visions many of us have for an active and healthy start to the year. If you haven?t already heard of Maca, this Peruvian root vegetable (sold as powder) is a fabulous addition to your diet as it fortifies stamina and endurance levels, boosts metabolism and acts as a natural antiseptic.

Bursting with calcium, magnesium, and amino acids, this Adaptogen is ideal for strength building and also balances out the endocrine system. It?s malty flavour is the perfect complement to superfood smoothies, nourishing hot drinks or porridge/granola/chia pudding. Maca can be located at most health food shops or online.

Eating healthily can be difficult if you?re constantly on the go and/or don?t wish to spend a small fortune on ready-to-go ?healthy? snacks, which are often laden with sugar. Chia is the perfect portable power snack and fills you up without weighing you down. You?ll need: chia seeds, goji berries (or dried fruit of your choice), flaked coconut, almonds, water

1.) Prepare a small container with a couple of heaped tablespoons of Chia seeds, a handful of goji berries and almonds and a sprinkling of flaked coconut

2.) Simply add water when you are ready to eat. Allow the chia seeds about 5 minutes to fully take on the water (they can absorb up to ten times their weight in liquid), stirring occasionally.

3.) Enjoy your chia porridge!

N.B This is a basic recipe but Chia is highly versatile and absorbs flavour well so you can experiment with adding fruits such as bananas or berries and infusing with spices like cinnamon, vanilla, cardamon and/or nutmeg.

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