The holidays can be a lovely time with friends, family, and food – though we can all go a bit overboard with the last one. Many people tend to increase how much they eat around the holidays, mostly due to the proximity of rich, heavy food during this time of year. After you start recovering from your last family meal of the holidays, consider these light, easy recipes to get you back into a healthy rhythm for the New Year.
There are so many creative things to be done with salads. This one combines the vegetarian protein source of chickpeas with the savoury grain of quinoa and the nutrition-rich broccoli and red bell pepper. All of which is complemented with a light layer of a maple syrup or agave –based dressing to top off the savoury tastes of the chickpeas and the quinoa. This recipe is quick and easy – it is a good idea to make sure all the spices you use are also labelled as gluten-free to make sure your meal is completely gluten free as well.
A soup is the perfect thing to warm you up for the remainder of the winter after the holidays. This low calorie soup is flavoured with curry and lime juice, which complement each other quite nicely. It is very easy to make and you can blend it to your desired consistency before heating it for the final time. So, if you like your soup to have texture or to be smooth as anything, you have the option either way.
Don’t be fooled by its simplicity; this recipe excels by packing a whole lot of flavour into what is ultimately a very light meal. Seasoned chicken breast on a bed of stemmed kale makes for a meal that is high in iron, protein, and vitamins essential to get you through the day without any extra sugar or calories.
Don’t let the holidays keep you weighed down. Try out these recipes while you recover from all the celebrations and you’ll be back to your old self in no time.