Happy 2014 everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I’m so excited for 2014, there are just so many amazingly exciting things coming your way! Some of them are still secret for now but I can tell you that my Deliciously Ella app should (fingers crossed) be ready in the next few weeks! I’m so unbelievably excited about it and I think you’re going to love it. I’ll of course let you know more about it when it’s officially ready to launch but I couldn’t resist letting you all know about it now! I’m sorry for not sharing any new recipes with you over the last couple of week, I took a much needed break from technology but I’m now back armed with so much goodness. To start the week off I wanted to share some of my favourite healthy recipes for everyone on a January health kick, I know eating super healthily after the holidays can be really hard so hopefully these will make it a little easier and a lot more delicious!
So let’s start with smoothies! This apple, pear, avocado and spinach smoothie is an absolute favourite of mine, it’s so delicious and an amazing cleanser. If you want to make it even more nutritious trying adding a teaspoon of spirulina or wheatgrass powders for extra detoxifying properties.
My two other favourite drinks are my mint, apple and pear juice which is full of green goodness thanks to the refreshing cucumber. It’s an amazingly refreshing drink too as the mint leaves add a wonderful soothing quality. If you’re after something a little sweeter to satisfy your chocolate cravings then this banana, date and almond shake is absolutely perfect! It’s so incredibly sweet and creamy with an amazing caramel-like flavour from the dates. It really tastes a just like a milkshake, except it’s full of goodness – particularly plant protein and fibre with lots of potassium too from the banana. If you want to make it even more nutritious then add a handful of spinach to it, I promise you won’t be able to taste it but it will be doing wonders for your body.
Soups are another incredible thing to enjoy at this time of the year. They’re deliciously warming and comforting, while also being loaded with goodness! Soups and smoothies are both amazing as they’re so easy to digest too, since they’re already in a liquid form, so you’ll digestive system will get a bit of a break which is always great after holiday indulgence! My favourites are my roasted tomato and red pepper soup , which is deliciously rich with subtle hints of fresh basil, rosemary and thyme. As well as my carrot, ginger and coconut soup which has a perfectly silky texture and an incredible flavour thanks to the kick of ginger in each bite.
We can’t just live off soups and smoothies though so it’s great to add things like quinoa and buckwheat to your healthy eating plans to increase your protein intake and stop you feeling hungry! My warm beetroot and broccoli salad is a real favourite of mine, it’s incredibly flavoursome and hearty, filled with spicy roasted chickpeas and cauliflower, grated beetroot and carrot, and an amazing tahini, tamari dressing. Another fantastic january dish is my roasted squash and pine nut quinoa , this tastes especially incredible when mixed with my avocado cream too. It’s the ultimate healthy comfort food! If you’re after something a little lighter than this warm sweet potato, mushroom and spinach salad is a real winner, it’s a little spicy which makes it extra flavoursome with a nice meatiness thanks to the mushrooms and a sweetness from the cinnamon and paprika roasted potatoes!
Finally I want to share a few of the best healthy sweet treats with you, as we all need those! There’s nothing worse than having a serious sugar craving and not having anything delicious to do anything about it! I like to keep energy bites, both my chocolate and my banana bread versions, in my kitchen as they last about a month, which means you can make lots, and most importantly they’re amazingly delicious!
I hope these recipes give you some delicious inspiration for your January health kick and that 2014 makes you feel healthier and happier than ever! Healthy living is about so much more than crash diets it’s about enjoying amazing natural food that your body loves, eating like this will make you feel truly amazing!