Good intentions made easy


Groan. I know I’m not alone in having eaten a lot recently. And though I loved every minute of it – and every slice of turkey, piece of shortbread or chocolate Christmas tree decoration – I did breathe a sigh of relief when normal life returned. I think my waistband did too.

January, as we all know, is the month of having a fresh start, joining a gym and declaring “I’m never going to drink again”. It’s good common sense to use this time of year to take stock of our lives and decide what could improve. But you don’t need to put yourself under pressure by planning a dramatic change – small tweaks to your daily life could make a big difference to your health and wellbeing.

For me, it’s all about the never-ending quest to eat more fruit and veg. Five a day? Sometimes you wonder how anyone could possibly fit them all in.

Real Food has made this important health goal a little easier to achieve. On many of the recipes on the site, you’ll now see a green sticker on the right hand side telling you how many of your 5 a day are included in the recipe. It’s an easy way to keep an eye on your family’s fruit and veg intake while you’re planning your day-to-day cooking.

Bacon, lentil and cabbage soup? Two of your five a day, ticked off in one warming lunch. Onion, aubergine and tomato bake? That’s three of your five a day. And even naughty desserts can sometimes count (though they’re best saved for a treat) – this pear ice cream contains one portion of fruit.

So maybe New Year’s resolutions aren’t so hard to stick to, after all…

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