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Eat Happy: Food to lift your mood.

Eat Happy: Food to lift your mood.

Veganuary do or Veganuary don’t?  If you’ve had enough of kale and carrots, or you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration to make a few swaps along the way, then Whole Foods Market may just have the answer you’re looking for. We caught up with their Executive Coordinator of Purchasing, Jade Hoai, to give us some ideas on how to jazz up your January meals.

  • Variety is the key – Try shopping for a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.  Anyone’s diet will be boring if they stick to the same foods and it’s much better nutritionally to mix this up regularly. Challenge yourself to be adventurous and you’ll see the benefits from both a health and taste perspective.

  • Try new grains – Don’t just stick to the same old rice, couscous, pasta combination. I love our newest superfood Fonio which you can use as a hearty base for adding vegetables and lean proteins.

  • Try batch cooking – It’s much easier to fall off any type of wagon when you’re in a rush and struggling for inspiration.  I tend to make double of sauces and soups and store in the freezer so it’s there when I need it.
  • Get creative – I use small cookie cutters on veggies and fruit to make decorative snacks. For some reason, heart shaped carrots taste better than circles or sticks. And food on a stick is always a winner – we eat speared mango, pineapple, and strawberries on a regular basis.
  • Freeze your fruit – Put it in a single layer on a baking tray in the freezer and then bag up once frozen.  This gives you a go-to smoothie stash for quick breakfasts and snacks. This is a great one for busy families to ensure you’re giving lots of nutritious foods quickly – and you can even sneak a bit of kale in there when they aren’t looking! 

  • Find an alternative – There’s an amazing range on non-dairy alternatives out there from cheese substitutes, yogurts, coconut creams and even mayonnaise. Give them a go – I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  • Embrace The Jackfruit – Have you tried Jackfruit yet?  This is an amazing meat substitute that we find even the biggest meat-aficionados can be turned on – from burger recipes to stir-fries and even as pulled-pork alternative, it’s so versatile and utterly delicious!

Jade Hoai is the Executive Coordinator of Purchasing at Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market are worldwide leaders in natural and organic foods, with 7 stores across London offering a huge range of products that lead the way in quality, specialty and vegan diets. 
Visit 
WholeFoodsMarket.co.uk to find out more.

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