When winter comes knocking, comfort is key.
It’s the month following an overindulgent Christmas and getting back into shape is on everyone’s minds. But that doesn’t mean you need to a follow a plan that consists of the same daily salad combo: there are lots of healthy, tasty meals that will warm you right up while the weather’s still chilly. We’ve put together a guide to some of our favourite winter foods that won’t undo all your 2018 weight loss goals.
Don’t stray from that New Year’s resolution with 10 tasty recipes that are good for you and your skin.
Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger
When it comes to a cold, wintery evening, there’s nothing we love coming home to more than a seasonal bowl of soup. That Sheila Kealey’s slightly spicy recipe is incredibly nutritious and will help banish any lingering sniffles can only be a good thing. Butternut squash, the key ingredient, is full of protective carotenoids that are characterised by its iconic orange colour, helping to support a healthy immune system while acting as an antioxidant. Ginger is well known for its benefits to the body, being particularly good for nausea and tummy-related upsets, but it can also help control appetites just before a meal, a definite help when trying to trim your waistline. If you’re feeling indulgent, a dollop of low-fat cream (or for a healthier option, plain yoghurt) makes this soup a definite winner.
Source: Sheila Kealey.
Black Sticky Rice Porridge with Coconut and Date
Looking for a low-carb breakfast option that will warm up those especially frosty mornings? This nutritious bowl of fruity goodness from Drum Beets will still satisfy a sweet tooth while avoiding oats and brown sugar. Rich and creamy, and full of flavour, this fulfilling porridge breakfast is a nutritious way to start the day. Made from a base of black rice and topped with toasted coconut shavings, as well as fresh and dried fruit, you’ll find no added sugar or artificial extracts. Easy to make in advance, it’s a wonderful treat to warm up and wake up to. As a bonus this sweetened dish is totally vegan.
Source: Drum Beets.
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo
With so many people taking on Veganuary this month, you’ll find more than a few vegan options on our list, helping you to make the healthy choice following overindulgent Christmas comforts. While nutritious salads and soups are a staple this month, sometimes there’s nothing better than a big, creamy bowl of pasta. This indulgent dish from the Food Network ticks all the boxes, being both vegan and gluten-free, and undoubtedly healthy to boot. Their version of fettuccine alfredo substitutes the dairy sauce with a mix of nuts and vegetable stock, retaining its iconic flavour. Top with vegan parmesan and season well with sea salt and ground pepper before serving.
Source: Food Network.
Easy Hummus Spiral Wraps
Lacking for inspiration in what to take for lunch? We have just the thing. Just as tasty as it is visually appealing, this retro spiral sandwich is a perfectly portable vegan meal. The Lunch Box Bunch’s quick recipe combines avocado (full of moisturising fatty acids to maintain a healthy complexion) and roasted red peppers (containing vitamin C that keeps skin looking youthful) with lots of tasty hummus. For a slightly larger lunch, perhaps before a workout, add in protein-packed chicken or turkey breast, or go for thinly-sliced tofu to keep things veggie.
Source: Lunch Box Bunch.
Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
With intense flavours to match its bright red colour, this is one of our favourite soups to warm us through once the weather turns cold. Deliciously Ella’s scrumptious recipe takes a little longer than most due to an extra half hour of roasting but we promise it’s worth it. The key ingredient in this thick, nutritious soup is juicy plum tomatoes, brimming with vitamins A, B and C to take care of your hair, heart and general health. A few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar are also a great addition; this wonder factor is well-known for its powerful health benefits (if it’s not already part of the your daily routine, it should be!). Serve with a couple of slices of your favourite whole wheat seeded bread for a filling winter meal.
Source: Deliciously Ella.
Almond Crusted Chicken with Cherry Balsamic Sauce
An excellent healthy family meal alternative, this simple and tasty recipe is also gluten-free. With an emphasis on sweet and savoury flavours, Cupcakes & Kale Chips have come up with a versatile recipe that will satisfy most tastes, adding a fun twist to a conventional meal. The “crunchified” chicken breast has a toasted almost crust rather than high-carb breadcrumbs, and the unusual cherry and balsamic vinegar sauce is distinctly flavourful. Pair with steamed broccoli (a great source of folic acid and vitamin K) and an additional filling side, like simple brown rice or tasty but still nutritious squash roasties, or chop over a colourful salad for a healthy packed lunch.
Source: Cupcakes & Kale Chips.
Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail
Just because it’s Dry January doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a good drink or two. Place of My Taste’s fabulously pink Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktails are great served at dinner parties or whipped up as an after-work tipple. Unusual enough to make a impact, these refreshing sparklers are surprisingly good for your skin. Fresh grapefruit juice has a high, hydrating water content and lots of protective antioxidants, while also promoting collagen production for younger looking skin. Even better, rosemary is acts as a detox and anti-inflammatory, helping you to feel great on the inside and out. Delicately sweet and delightfully fizzy, your new favourite drink is best served chilled.
Source: Place of My Taste
Super Green Smoothie
If it’s green it must be good for you, right?! This vibrant green smoothie will get you well on your way to your five day with one nutrient-filled glass. This sumptuous smoothie from Prevention is an excellent source of carotenoids and vitamin A, including power antioxidants that will support your immune system, keeping your skin supple and smooth. Superfood kale is the base ingredient but you’ll also find mango, celery, orange juice, flat-leaf parsley and fresh mint blended until smooth. This is a great breakfast smoothie to battle the winter blues.
Healthy Sweet Potato Pies
A delicious alternative to the ultimate comfort food: the humble shepherd’s pie with a nutritious twist. Healthy Mummy’s yummy recipe uses sweet potato for a lighter, fluffier recipe that can is happily indulgent. Made up of lean mincemeat and a variety of vegetables, while free from butter and pastry, this appetizing healthy dinner can be made in four controlled portion or in one family dinner roasting tray. It’s especially good for any picky eaters at home, disguising a range of veggies in a scrumptious savoury sauce.
Source: Healthy Mummy.
Easy Hot and Sour Soup with Shanghai Noodles
We love how simple it is to make this incredible Chinese soup at home, a filling and nutritious meal that’s packed full of flavour. The Food Network’s recipe includes chilli paste variant ‘tobanjan’ for an extra powerful kick that can also help lower cholesterol. Lean pork loin ensures your protein fix and two types of mushrooms add some veggie variety, while also being high in vitamin D. This filling meal can be eaten with or without the noodles depending on just how hungry you are. Why get a takeaway when you can make something as good as this at home?!
Source: Food Network.
January’s almost over but keep up the good work! These scrumptious recipes are packed full of nutrients to keep the cravings at bay and help you reach your fitness goals in the New Year.
If you’re eagle eyed and on first-name terms with our Heathcote and Ivory products, you’ll notice we include a lot of these healthy ingredients in our hand and body products; fancy a Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail? We use Rosemary Leaf Oil in a selection of our products for its high yield of antioxidants and conditioning skin properties. Some Black Sticky Rice with Coconut and Dates? We use Coconut Oil in our products to hydrate and moisturise your skin, keeping you beautiful inside and out!
We know how important it is to ensure everything we use for your insides is just as good for your outsides, which is why you can rely on Heathcote & Ivory to keep you radiant and glowing for years to come.