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A Healthy Start to the New Year

New Year's Resolution:

'A promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year'*

New Year's Resolutions provide the perfect opportunity to set yourself a goal to which you will work towards throughout the year, making positive changes to your lifestyle that will (hopefully) extend into the years to come. For many, these intentions centre around starting a new activity, forming healthy habits, learning a new skill, or focussing greater effort on a particular area of life - for example, some may set themselves a goal to be more environmentally aware or to be more charitable.

Here at Dualit, we're kick starting the New Year by supporting you with your goals - whether you are looking to be more adventurous in the kitchen, wanting add more fruit and vegetables into your day or are set on reducing your food waste, we've put together some handy tips and tricks to ensure that you meet your targets this year.

Meal Prep

Our first top tip for staying on track to reach your goals is to always be prepared. Save yourself money, time and effort by preparing healthy meals in large batches, portioning and then storing in the freezer until a later date. This way, if you're pressed for time or find yourself lacking a little motivation, you've already got a tasty meal prepared that helps to keep you on track.

Unused fresh vegetables make the perfect base for comforting soups and sauces. Simply boil or roast whatever vegetables you have to hand, add your favourite herbs and spices and then use the Dualit 700W Hand Blender to blend the mix into a thick puree. If you prefer a chunkier soup or sauce, pulse instead of blending until smooth to allow for a more textured finish. These can then be portioned into freezer safe bags or boxes and defrosted quickly in the microwave or in a pan over the hob when ready for use.

Remember to portion sauces according to how many servings the meals you intend to make would provide. For example, if the sauce is going to be used in a pasta dish or casserole that serves 4, portion your sauce accordingly. Don't forget that making double portions of main meals is also a great way to meal prep as your dinner from the night before can also become a tasty lunch the following day!

Cold meat leftovers can also be sliced, portioned into bags and frozen. Allow to defrost completely and add to soups, stir-fries or serve with your pre-made salad to increase the protein content of the meal - this can make the dish more satisfying and will keep you fuller for longer.

Eating Your Five A Day

If your New Year's Resolution is to add more fruit and vegetables into your diet, try washing and preparing them straight away when first purchased. Items such as carrots and parsnips can brown if exposed to air, so be sure to store in an airtight container (or cover with water) to prevent this. Having a selection of pre-prepared produce in the fridge is a great way to make quick and easy meals - grab a handful or two of your favourite vegetables and add to everyday dinners like casseroles, pasta, curries or roasts. Similarly, stir fry these with soy sauce (or coconut aminos), sesame oil, ginger and garlic and serve with brown rice or noodles and your choice of protein for a 10 minute meal!

Chopped cucumber, celery, tomatoes, bell pepper and lettuce can also be combined to make a vibrant, nutrient packed salad. Dress with a little olive oil, lemon juice and thyme and serve alongside pasta dishes, homemade curries, jacket potatoes or in sandwiches and wraps. Alternatively, add a dollop of hummus and serve as a snack between meals - perfect for an afternoon pick me up!

If you find it difficult to add your five a day into your main meals, try juicing or blending fruit and green vegetables (like cucumber, celery, spinach and kale) into smoothies and shakes. Juices are packed with vitamins and minerals and are great for hydration, whilst smoothies combine the benefits of juices with the fibre found in fruit and vegetables, making it a more filling option. Store in the fridge in an airtight bottle and serve chilled as a pre- or post-workout snack, drink or with a main meal for additional nutrients.

Using Leftovers

For those hoping to reduce food waste this year, we've also collated some of our recommendations to use slightly stale store cupboard items.

Crackers can be refreshed by baking on a low heat on a parchment lined baking tray for approximately 15 minutes. Once finished, allow to cool completely and then follow storage instructions given on the packet. Alternatively, splash with a little water and place in a microwave for 2-3 minutes. This method should bring the 'snap back into your cracker', though can also be used for plain biscuits such as rich tea or digestive biscuits. Serve with cheese, leftover dips or homemade Salmon Paté.

Bread or enriched dough pastries and bakes (such as panettone and brioche) can be made into Bread-and-Butter Pudding. Add milk, eggs, sugar and spices and bake in the oven until golden brown. Serve with Vanilla Custard or ice cream and enjoy.

Dry or slightly stale bread can also be used for a variety of tasty snacks, sides and dishes; add your favourite sandwich or toastie fillings between two slices of bread and toast using your Dualit Sandwich Cage for a hearty, wholesome lunch. Use the 700W Hand Blender and Chopping Bowl Attachment to blitz into breadcrumbs and add to mince to bind burgers together for a healthier, at home takeaway. You could even chop stale bread into large chunks, drizzle with a little olive oil, garlic and oregano, before baking in the Dualit Mini Oven until crisp and golden brown to use as croutons in salad or meal-prepped soups.

Leftover herbs, or herbs that may be a little out of season, can also be made into Savoury Butter, frozen in cubes and then served with jacket potato, crackers, toasted bread or on roasted meats and vegetables.

This year, Dualit encourages you to focus your New Year's Resolutions on things that make you feel good from the inside. A balanced diet is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, helping you to feel your very best.

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