Christmas is a season of indulgence, and a time when chocolate, booze, mince pies and pigs in blankets are scoffed with giddy abandon. It’s important to let go and enjoy ourselves at Christmas time, but our waistlines and general health won’t thank us for a season of indulgence. Leave the post-Christmas bulge and binge behind in 2016 and get ready for the New Year with a healthy detox diet/lifestyle.
Take a look at four of our favourite detox recipes guaranteed to get you fighting fit in no time.
Kippers and greens
Fish and vegetables are the cornerstones of a healthy detox diet, so a meal of oily fish with a side of fresh green veg is the perfect way to start your post-Christmas detox. Kippers have been a traditional breakfast dish for centuries, and these delicious smoked fish are packed with vitamins, omega oils and the chemicals your body needs to stay fit and healthy. Nutritionists recommend that you eat at least one portion of oily fish every week, so enjoy kippers with a portion of your favourite green veg for a healthy detox for breakfast or even lunch.
Tip: We recommend a handful of spinach for a double helping of vitamins and iron.
Crunchy superfood salad
When many people think of dieting they think of salads, and the next thought in that chain is ‘boring’ or ‘yuck’. Salads are of course great detox meal, as they are low in fat and brimming with goodness and mostly made up of water. The trick to making a great salad is to add texture – when it no longer feels as though you’re grazing like a dairy cow, you’ll start to enjoy your salads a lot more. Combine your favourite salad leaves with a little something here and there to add flavour and texture. Pomegranate seeds and pine kernels, nuts, pearl barley, giant couscous and quinoa are all excellent additions to a salad, providing flavour, mouth feel and nutritional goodness in abundance. Another quick tip: scatter a handful of herbs such as mint, coriander or parsley into your salads for added zing.
Tip: Our favourite way to jazz up a salad is to add a handful of herbs such as mint, coriander or parsley into your salads for added zing!
Sweet potato, squash and chickpea stew
It’s hard to diet in winter, as the cold temperatures practically demand that we eat warming, comforting dishes. Fortunately, it is possible to enjoy hearty winter fare without stockpiling stodge and cramming calories. Just try this warming and delicious sweet potato, squash and chickpea stew. Start by frying chopped red onion in a drizzle of good olive oil. Add cumin seeds, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric and ground ginger and fry along with the onions. Fry the spices for a couple of minutes before adding chopped sweet potato, chopped squash and pre-soaked chickpeas. Add a chopped clove of garlic and a chopped preserved lemon and fry for a further five minutes. Stir in a small amount of vegetable stock and some tinned chopped tomatoes before covering and leaving to simmer. Cook until the veg is soft and serve with fresh coriander for a delicious, warming stew brimming with goodness.
Tip: Did you know you could cook sweet potatoes in the microwave? So if you struggle to make a healthy hearty lunch at work, bang a sweet potato in the microwave for 8 – 10 minutes, add some tuna and spinach when the potato is cooked and you’ll have yourself a healthy office lunch!
Products such as the NutriBullet have totally reinvented the smoothie and detox game, and smoothies remain a great way to cram as many vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants into your diet. Start your healthy smoothie with a liquid base – for a healthy, low fat option we like fat free, active Greek yoghurt. Next, add fruit or a combination of fruits and vegetables. Try a healthy green smoothie with spinach or kale, green apples and kiwis. You can freeze your fruits to keep them fresh and to chill your smoothies, but remember that fruits contain a lot of natural sugars so try to balance them out with fresh veg. One of the things that make smoothies so great is their flexibility. You can be as healthy or as indulgent as you like, you can add other flavours and textures or play around with your ingredients until you hit on the perfect recipe for you.
Tip: When you’re making your first few green smoothies the chances are you’ll make a few smoothie fails. Don’t just throw things in the blender as they may not taste that good. Use those cute mini measuring cups stashed at the back of your draw and learn the right measurements to make the right smoothie.
To aid you in your detox meal preparations, we recommend the following products:
Kitchen Craft Colourworks Measuring Spoon Set
The Detox Kitchen Bible
Bevgo Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
Breville VBL062 Blend Active Personal Blender
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