Quick and easy recipes for your 2015 health kick

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Published: Thursday 8th January 2015 by HEY Today editor

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A recent article said the average person consumes over 7000 calories on Christmas Day. On average, a man typically needs around 2500 calories per day and women 2000. So, it should come as no surprise then that one of the top New Year’s resolutions year after year is to live a healthier lifestyle. In a recent poll, 53% of you told us that this was your focus for 2015. So, to help you get started and remove those guilty feelings after over indulging this Christmas, here are some of our favourite healthy recipes.

Breakfast – banana, almond and cinnamon porridge


They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure it’s yummy! This amazing recipe from jamieoliver.com will completely revamp your breakfast.

You will need:

  • 160g rolled oats
  • 600ml of milk, soya milk or water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ripe bananas (sliced)
  • 30g flaked almonds
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup or runny honey, to taste


How to prepare:

  1. Heat the oats and milk (or water) over medium heat
  2. Add the pinch of salt and stir
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure porridge is smooth and creamy
  4. Fry the almonds in a non-stick pan (without oil) for 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly golden
  5. Stir the cinnamon, poppy seeds and most of the maple syrup or honey through the porridge
  6. Serve with the bananas and toasted almonds on top and drizzle the remaining syrup or honey for extra taste

Lunch – carrot and fresh coriander soup


This carrot and coriander soup from allrecipes.co.uk is low fat, tasty and it’s perfect for warming you up this winter.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 large carrots (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • ½ a large onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 ½ pints of vegetable stock
  • Large bunch of fresh coriander (roughly chopped)
  • Hand blender or food processor


How to prepare:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat
  2. Once heated, add the carrot and the onion and cook for a few minutes or until the onion has softened
  3. Pour in the vegetable stock and add the coriander
  4. Bring to the boil and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the carrots are tender
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly
  6. Using the hand blender or food processer, puree the soup until smooth
  7. Reheat before serving if necessary and enjoy with crusty bread (we recommend wholemeal as a healthy choice!)

Dinner – spicy spaghetti with garlic mushrooms


This low fat recipe from BBC Good Food Magazine is easy and quick to prepare pasta dish.

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 250g pack chestnut mushrooms (thickly sliced)
  • 1 garlic clove (very finely chopped)
  • Small bunch of parsley, leaves only
  • 1 celery stick (finely chopped)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • ½ a red chilli (deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 300g spaghetti


How to prepare:

  1. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large pan
  2. Add the mushrooms and fry over a high heat for 3 minutes or until golden and softened
  3. Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute
  4. Tip mushrooms into a separate bowl with the parsley
  5. Add the onion and celery to the pan with rest of the oil and fry for 5 minutes or until lightly coloured
  6. Stir in the tomatoes, chilli and a little salt and bring to the boil
  7. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes until thickened
  8. Meanwhile, boil the spaghetti and drain
  9. Toss with the sauce, top with the garlic mushrooms and serve

Recipe from Good Food Magazine, March 2008


Treat – frozen fruit skewers with chocolate drizzle


This recipe from bettycrocker.com is our favourite way of getting our 5 a day. These frozen fruit skewers are a great way to get little hands busy in the kitchen as they’re so easy to make.

You will need:

  • Fresh pineapple – to make 4 servings, chop 24 cubes
  • 12 fresh strawberries (cut in half)
  • 2 medium bananas (roughly chopped)
  • 3 kiwifruit, peeled (roughly chopped)
  • 1 bottle of chocolate topping that forms a hard shell
  • 12 bamboo skewers

If we haven’t mentioned your favourite fruit, feel free to get creative. At HEYToday we also love grapes and watermelon…yum!

How to prepare:

  1. Prepare fruit and thread alternately onto skewers, using approximately 2 pieces of each per skewer
  2. Place in a single layer on a large plate or tray and freeze for 1 hour or until fruit is frozen
  3. About 5 minutes before serving, drizzle fruit with chocolate topping and return to freezer until ready to serve

Want more tips for your kick start to 2015? Check out our favourite apps to help you achieve your resolutions.

If you’ve got some healthy recipes you’d like to share with us – email us at heytoday@kcmedia.com – tell us why you love it and where the recipe is from and we’ll share it for you. Or, if you have a go at making any of these recipes, tell us what you thought; leave a comment or drop us an email.

Published: Thursday 8th January 2015 by HEY Today editor

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