From butternut squash juice to the new must-do boxing workout, Helen Foster rounds up the hottest new trends for this month
New On the High Street: Low-Cal, Low-Carb Dinners
Loving the new additions to the menu that Bella Italia are launching on Jan 5th. They’ve embraced the whole spiralising idea with gusto and are launching four main dishes based on, not pasta, but spirals of courgette, beetroot and carrot. Not surprisingly this slashes the calories hugely – the tomato topped Pomodoro contains just 134 calories per serving, while my fave the Ragu Bolognaise has 282. They’ve also added two under 300 calorie chicken salads too.
Try this: Meghna’s Sweet Treats
Meghna’s is an independent sweets and snacks company set up by law graduate Meghna Purandare via the Prince’s Trust scheme. The range consists of gluten and dairy free treats with an Indian twist. I got to try the Chai Caramel Brownie and the Amritsari Kale Munchies and both were really good. If you’re on a special diet and want a new taste give them a try. The range is available online from meghnas.com. Prices start at £3.99.
Buzzword: SIRT Foods
There’s heaps of diet books out this month, but prize for the newest idea goes to those using SIRT foods. Basically sirtuins are proteins produced by genes, there’s seven discovered so far and they do various tasks in the body including improving memory, fighting diabetes and controlling weight. Fasting causes the production of sirtuins, but so does eating chocolate, drinking wine and spicing everything up with turmeric which is where the new plans enter the picture. Check out The SIRT Food Diet (Yellow Kite) and The SIRT Diet Cookbook (Harper Thorsons) available for £7.99 from Amazon.
Love This: The Spicy Do-Good Soup
If you’re in London’s Borough Market during January take a visit to Arabica Bar and Kitchen and you can do good for your body and others. The team there have created a 150 calorie red lentil soup that they will be selling for £5.00 – £3.00 of which goes toward the Soup for Syria appeal. Visit arabicabarandkitchen.com for details on where to find them. And you don’t have to miss out if you’re not in London, the Arabica team have released the soup recipe so anyone can make it. You’ll find it on notyournormalhealthblog.com from Friday.
New App Alert: The Glow Guides
Not content with having a bestselling book (and a follow up out in April), nutritional health coach Madeleine Shaw is moving into app world with the launch of her new app, the Glow Guides. Based three principles of Move, Munch and Meditate it’s aiming to be your online nutritionist, personal trainer and life coach in one. And don’t worry, you won’t need to stock up on strange ingredients, when I met Madeleine to talk about it she said she’s created all the recipes using foods you’ll find in any supermarket. It costs £49.99 available from the Apple Store from Jan 8.
Must-do workout: Kobox
When you hear that one of the trainers from Barry’s Bootcamp is setting up on his own and then you find out he’s setting up a boxing gym, you know you’ve found the first must-do workout for the year. Called KOBOX its 60 minute classes combine boxing with strength training all done in a room dark enough to hide the grimaces. My favourite touch though is that they say the have nail friendly punchbags……they havent seen my inch long talons yet! See more at koboxlondon.com
Different but Delicious: Butternut Squash Juice
I’m pretty sure there’s not a vegetable left that someone at the M&S development team hasn’t tried to juice. Hot on the heels of their festive Brussels sprouts and parsnip juices comes Blood Orange and Butternut Squash Juice. Admittedly you might not know it was squash juice if it was served to you blind, but it’s tasty. It’s part of a host of new healthy offerings by M&S including Peasnacks and their own range of ready spiralised veg. Available from any M&S store.
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