Top 5 January Recovery Foods
It’s January, the holiday season is over, and it’s back to work time…….but your body feels like crap. You’re run down, fighting off that cold, and severely low on energy and vitamins. But don’t despair; all is not lost, because there are some kick-ass foods on the menu which can turn things around!
So get up off the sofa, snap out of your post-Christmas malaise and get rocking with these foods!
Lentils – soups & curries:
If you’re struggling feeling groggy, or just fighting the urge to return to bed and hide under the covers, then get some dishes full of Lentil down your throat. Lentil contains high levels of folate and serotonin which are crucial to lifting your January blues, whilst at the same time also rich in iron, which is a vital source of energy.
We’ve extolled the virtues of Lentil soups in the past and they’d make a perfect breakfast snack for those dark January mornings. But if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial then Lentil curries should be your evening meal of choice if you’re looking for something tasty to boost your mood.
Spinach – Pizza toppings & curries:
Leafy greens such as spinach are perfect for injecting a good dose of antioxidants into your system which will boost your energy levels and mood. Spinach is chock full of folate and iron, as well Vitamin A and K, so don’t hold back, go crazy with toppings of spinach on your next pizza.
Vegetarian curries also tend to opt for spinach so if you like your food spicy and healthy at the same time, then make sure to opt for a spinach curry.
Fish – Sushi and prawn curries:
January is the time to reduce your calorie intake whilst not compensating on getting your daily amount of vitamins, protein and iron, and that’s where Sushi comes in.
Now considering how delicious Sushi is, I can’t think of any reason why you couldn’t eat this 24/7, BUT eating fish during January will also have the double effect of providing you with a low-calorie – yet high in protein – dish.
Also, if you opt for salmon in your Sushi rolls then you’ll be enjoying a delicious source of Omega 3 at the same time which is packed in energy.
If you’re not a fan of Sushi, then opting for a prawn curry will also provide you with some much-needed fatty acids, which are crucial to reducing blood pressure (and coping with the post-Christmas work stress!)
Nuts – Thai/Chinese dishes:
Not everyone is nuts about nuts (boom boom!) but they’re a great way to replenish your body’s protein levels, whilst also being high in fibre and full of those all-important vitamins (B, C, D and K). If you’re a fan of Chinese food then ordering some nut-infused dishes such as Chicken with Cashew nuts is a great way to obtain all the saturated fats that nuts offer.
However if Thai is more your thing, then you can’t go wrong with some crispy chicken with cashew nuts in garlic sauce.
Far from being the stuff of nightmares, cheese actually is a good source of tryptophan which is a moon-lifting amino acid. But cheese isn’t just a ‘happy’ food, it also help to regulate your sleep patterns (which is crucial if you want to break out of your January slump) with its copious amounts of calcium. Cheesy lasagnes or pasta dishes such as carbonara should do the trick!
Hopefully a few of these dishes will snap us all out of the January blues and get up revved up and ready to kick some ass in 2014!
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