Amaranth Journal’s tips for the best nourishing foods to beat the January slump

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If you’re planning to be more mindful about what you’re eating this year, take a look at Amaranth Journal – the new platform for health-conscious foodies. One of the creators, Monika, has shared her tips for the best nourishing recipes to get over the post-Christmas slump.

  • Fake the sunshine: Our vitamin D levels are usually higher in the summer due to the increased exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency may lead to muscle and joint pains, low mood, poorer concentration and weaker immune system. Few foods naturally contain vitamin D and oily fish is the best source. Therefore, make sure you enjoy a meal containing a portion of oily fish, i.e. salmon, mackerel or herring, at least once or twice a week! I would highly recommend you try Sophie’s Harrissa Salmon or the Mackerel Salad!
  • Feed your immune system: Our immune system needs energy and protein to function. Other nutrients, for example, vitamins A and D, minerals such as zinc and selenium, and omega 3 fats help our immune system perform at its best. Vitamin A is plentiful in dairy products and oily fish, while vitamin D and omega 3 fats are almost exclusively found in oily fish. Nuts, wholegrains and pulses are rich in zinc, while meat and oily fish are high in selenium. Start your day the right way with our Miso Morning Bowls and try the Middle Eastern Spiced Cauliflower Salad with toasted almonds.
  • Hydrate yourself: On colder days we are less likely to drink enough fluids, so try to make a conscious effort to have plenty of water throughout the day. We love filling ours with pomegranate, orange slices and verbena for a healthy, flavoured water!

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