Nourish Your Glow’s Hayley Canning shares recipes to boost your mood and your health this January.

Christmas is a wrap for another year and January, perhaps the most dreaded of all the months, has descended with its attendant expanded waistlines, diminished bank balances and New Year’s resolution pressure.

Though you can, of course, plan healthy meals throughout the year, eating with an eye on optimal nutrition tops many people’s list of January priorities. If you’re trying to make healthier choices this month, it can be hard to know where to start, particularly with the proliferation of often-contradictory diets pedaled about at this time.

To help, Hayley Canning, blogger behind the Good Web Guide Award-winning Nourish Your Glow shares five easy recipes to get you started.

Quick and Easy Basil Avocado Pasta


If you’re craving pasta but want to make it healthier, then this recipe is a winner. It’s filling but not heavy, plus it’s bursting with flavour thanks to the basil, lemon and garlic. This dish contains healthy fats, anti-oxidants and a whole host of minerals and vitamins to give your immune system a real boost.

Glowing Green Smoothie


If you're feeling a bit sluggish after all the delicious but rich Christmas food, give this smoothie a try. It contains lots of energy-boosting ingredients, is packed with greens – think spinach and kale – and it’s sweetened with apple and banana. Healthy fats, anti-oxidants, potassium, iron and vitamins: we can’t think of a better way to start your day.

Creamy Chocolate Chia Pudding


Beat chocolate cravings in a healthier way with this Chocolate Chia pudding recipe. Super easy, it takes just 10 minutes to prepare, and it’s indulgent, decadent and so chocolatey.
Blending makes it extra thick, smooth and creamy and gives it more of a real pudding consistency. You can make it the night before, so it’s quick to grab after dinner, plus it’s a great source of protein, healthy fats and fibre. Pudding, but not as you know it.

Four-Ingredient Chocolate Vegan Pancakes


Four simple ingredients (all of which you’re likely to have knocking around in your kitchen cupboards) are all that’s needed to whip up these healthy pancakes, which take 10 minutes to make. This any-day-of-the-week recipe shows that a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or unhealthy (the only sugars to see here come from banana).

Cherry Bakewell Baked Oats


If you're looking for a hearty and satisfying breakfast recipe, these Cherry Bakewell Baked Oats are a revelation. Make a big batch on a Sunday evening and have a healthy breakfasts all ready to go for the whole week ahead.

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By Hayley Canning
January 2020