So the new year begins. The tinsel is packed away and the resolutions are made. It seems many of you are hoping for a healthier 2015, as I’ve had lots of emails asking advice about healthy eating.
As many of you know, I am an advocate of honest, wholefoods and home-cooking. Equally, I believe in having treats from time-to-time, because what is life without a few sweet things?
I have never been on a diet, nor do I believe that fad diets work. I truly believe that eating well and eating balanced is the key to keeping healthy and happy. My friends and family often chuckle as I’m constantly eating and snacking- a balanced vegan diet can be one of abundance, if you’re eating and drinking the right things.
What do I mean by eating well and eating balanced?
1. Firstly, where ever you can, use seasonal ingredients for the best flavours and prices for your weekly shop. Beetroot, kale, fennel and celeriac are all in season right now.
2. Build your meals around fresh vegetables- this sounds harder than it really is- take a peek at my recipes!
3. Try something new. Never had cavolo nero before? Throw some in your shopping trolley and tear slices into a homemade curry for a nutrient-packed dinner.
4. Always eat breakfast. Mornings are always a rush for me, so I throw a selection of fruits and almond milk into a blender- there’s nothing faster.
5. Snack, snack snack! Just snack right. Swap your mid-morning biscuit for some brazil nuts and treat yourself to some pre-sliced watermelon for a sweet hit.
6. Drink lots of water. It really does make you feel sharp and keeps your body and skin hydrated. Add a slice of lemon for extra zing.
7. If you want a treat- have a treat! For the love of food, don’t deny yourself a little of what you fancy. I’m currently having a slice of lemon drizzle cake. And I certainly don’t feel guilty!
A great way to feel and eat well is to whizz up a pot of homemade soup. People often think making soup is difficult but it couldn’t be any easier and you’ll know exactly what has gone into it. I find making soup therapeutic and homely, similar to baking bread.
Here are some of my favourite soup recipes to get you started:
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Parsley Pesto
Mushroom, Rosemary and Fusilli Soup
Fragrant Coconut and Sweet Potato Soup
Roasted Pumpkin and Ginger Bisque
Wishing you a happy, healthy and delicious 2015!