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Top 8 to make you feel great this January!

Christmas has come to a close for another year, and that means the ‘New Year, New Me’ catch line is in full swing. If you’re joining the 300,000 others with Veganuary, or your resolution is to eat that little bit healthier, or you simply need a boost, we have you covered. We’ve prepared a list of our top 8 to make you feel great! Ranging from edible flowers to baby veg, we suggest the top 8 nutrient-rich foods you should be eating this year.

Let’s see what we’ve got…

Rosemary

Rich in iron, calcium and the water soluble B-Vitamin Folate, rosemary is a must-have this January. Rosemary has an intense pine-like taste and possessing folate means its great for cell health and calming the nervous system – which makes it great for combating those January blues!

Why not try it blitzed through natural yoghurt with some runny honey for a mood boosting breakfast.

 

Baby Cabbage

Rich in Vitamin C, this Brassica is great for protecting cells and keeping them healthy. It also helps to maintain healthy skin – brilliant to for those blustery January days!

To ensure they’re nice and sweet, why not cut your baby cabbages in half and roast them in a deep tin with a splash of oil and herbs, for around an hour.

 

Red Shiso

Typically used in Japanese cuisine, red shiso is an edible leaf you didn’t know you needed. Part of the mint family, this edible leaf possesses hints of basil and mint, with a mildly spicy after taste. This leaf is also high in potassium, which makes it a great ingredient to incorporate into your January cooking. Potassium is reported to help in reducing blood pressure by removing the excess sodium in the body – meaning its great for those wanting to be a little healthier in the new year.

As one of our top 8, we recommend using red shiso in place of parsley to chop over pasta, or adding it to soups for that added flavour.

 

Sea Fennel

Distinctively crisp with a salty taste, sea fennel will likely be a change from your December meals! Yet, with a high level of fibre, sea fennel will be a great addition to your dishes this January. The high fibre content makes this sea vegetable great for bowel health and also aids in the bodies maintenance of a healthy body weight.

We recommend using sea fennel to garnish a wholesome fish risotto.

 

Baby Carrots

Carrots are famously known for their high levels of Vitamin A, and that’s why we’ve put them in amongst our top 8. Vitamin A not only helps with your eyes in the dim January light, but helps with the immune system and the bodies defence against illness and infection.

We suggest keeping it classic with the baby carrot and making a warming carrot and coriander soup.

 

Curry Leaves

Curry leaves contain a variety of vitamins and nutrients, including iron, magnesium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, that can support your overall health this new year. These contribute to curry leaves being a great antioxidant and assisting with the control of diabetes.

We recommend using curry leaves in your left over turkey curries to add that little extra kick.

 

Watercress

Watercress has frequently been commended as a ‘superfood’ due to its cancer fighting properties. It is also very low in calories but incredibly nutrient-dense; making it great for those who feel they may have gorged a little too much over the Christmas period. Therefore, it of course make our top 8.

A great way to enjoy our baby watercress would be to fill your leftover turkey and ham sandwiches full of these baby leaves. Or if you’re doing Veganuary, why not enjoy this cress in a hummous sandwich.

 

Lavender

Lavender is a proven stress reliever and a great treatment for muscle pain and insomnia. That’s why we think this edible flower is the perfect addition to your cakes and bakes this January.

Why not try a delicious lemon and lavender loaf cake here.

 

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