Brightly coloured bread, non-potato crisps and PLANT waters: The amazing new healthy foods that’ll be EVERYWHERE this year
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After the excess of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, many of us will find our jeans a tad snug, our energy levels sapped and the January blues threatening to set in.
So, it’s only natural that our thoughts turn to how to shift a few of those festive pounds and feel healthier, more energised and ready to bounce into 2018. But shaping up needn’t be a chore; the clever bods at M&S have stocked the shelves full of some of the most innovative, delicious – and nutritious – foods we’ve seen.
For many of us, our thoughts are turning to how to shift a few of those festive pounds and feel healthier, more energised and ready to bounce into 2018
This year, you can forget calorie counting and throw away the diet books, because M&S’s new Eat Well healthy foods makes deprivation a thing of the past, embracing the range of wholesome and nourishing foodie trends set to take 2018 by storm.
With richly hued rainbow breads, hearty warming soups and sin-free snacks like Soy, Ginger and Chilli Quinoa Waves, you simply won’t be able to resist loading up your trolley with tempting foods bursting with health to put the spring back into your step.
M&S's new range embracing the range of wholesome and nourishing foodie trends set to take 2018 by storm- including richly hued rainbow breads in some sandwiches
Start the day as you mean to go on, with one of M&S new super-convenient health shots: choose from revitalising Wheatgrass & Kale, or anti-inflammatory Turmeric & Cayenne in handy 100ml cartons perfect for on-the-go. Or, join the cool kids by sipping on Kefir – the hipster health drink of choice – a fermented bio-live milk drink packed with vitamins B12, B2, K, amino acids and gut-friendly live cultures to be enjoyed plain or, take a tasty tip from M&S and grab their Kefir Morello Cherry drink instead.
For lunch, head to the chiller cabinet for the new sandwiches made using a vibrant range of yummy veggie breads taking inspiration from the plant-based eating trend that just keeps growing and growing.
Get one of the most Instagrammable lunches on the go with M&S’s health-giving Nourish Bowls. Chargrilled Chicken bowl (left) and indulge in sin-free snacks like Soy, Ginger and Chilli Quinoa Waves
The vegan-friendly Spiced Tofu bowl contains must-have ingredients like cauliflower couscous, sesame cabbage and iron-rich wakame seaweed
We love the completely vegan Beetroot & Apple Slaw in a pea-protein ‘mayo’ with kale pesto, sandwiched between magenta-hued bread (that’s thanks to some extra dried beetroot) for Meat Free Mondays, but meat eaters don’t miss out either. There’s a crowd-pleasing Italian inspired Chicken & Pesto offering, served in dark green spinach and basil bread that makes us feel healthy just looking at it, or try the Blackened Chicken filling of protein-rich chicken breast with turmeric-enriched corn crush and guacamole on sunshine yellow carrot and corn bread. All count as at least one of your five a day, and are just £3.
Bowl food is going nowhere for 2018, so grab yourself one of the most Instagrammable lunches on the go with M&S’s health-giving Nourish Bowls. Chargrilled Chicken nestles against pickled red cabbage, beetroot, super green veggies, houmous and peas with a creamy spinach dip – allowing you to really get a grip on the ‘eat the rainbow’ trend. The same goes for the vegan-friendly Spiced Tofu bowl with must-have ingredients like cauliflower couscous, sesame cabbage and iron-rich wakame seaweed (look out for more of that trendy seaweed cropping up in their stir frys).
This year, you can forget calorie counting and throw away the diet books, because M&S’s new range of Eat Well foods make deprivation a thing of the past (you can even have crisps!)
When it comes to snacking, M&S have got it covered with a plethora of potato-free options; innovative choices include Gwyneth-inspired Kale Pop Chips, crisps made from low-GI brown rice, crunchy Quinoa Curls and moreish Chickpea Puffs to help you rack up your five a day in the tastiest way. Wash it down with M&S Sparkling Spring Water with a hint of Cucumber & Mint for extra points.
The new Chilli and Coriander Soy Chunks are handy plant-based proteins, low in fat, high in protein and 100% vegan
Dinner time is a breeze at M&S for anyone looking to cut down on their meat intake – which more and more of us are doing – with flexitarian-friendly options like Chilli and Coriander Soy Chunks which are handy plant-based proteins, low in fat, high in protein and 100% vegan ready to be added to quick midweek meals like rice dishes, curries, or even M&S amazing new High Protein Lentil Noodles.
And if you’re feeling lazy, it’s still just as easy to stay on-plan by picking up a bag of Microwaveable Savoury Miso Noodles – full to the brim with ribbons of carrot, red pepper and spring onions – and also available in a Singapore Noodle variety with butternut and pak choi. Simply top with your choice of Eat Well sauce – Lime & Orange with a hint of Yuzu is our favourite thanks to the zesty Japanese citrus note, but Grilled Red Pepper & Chilli is lovely and warming and deeply savoury for those cold January nights.
If you’re feeling lazy you can simply top a bag of Microwaveable Savoury Miso Noodles with your choice of Eat Well sauce like Grilled Red Pepper & Chilli
It isn't just eating healthy that doesn't have to be hard. Why not try a new type of exercise in 2018, or hit the gym with a friend and make your workout a chance to catch up?
Last year M&S reported an increase in customers looking for high-protein food, and have added protein rich offerings like these noodles
Last year M&S reported an increase in customers looking for high-protein food, so this year’s protein rich offering has become more widespread. Think high protein yoghurt pots to snack on, protein enriched breakfast bars to keep you satisfied until lunch, and a new focus on… turkey! As if you’ve not had enough of the stuff over Christmas, this year you’ll be munching on even more of the lean, protein-rich poultry thanks to its virtuous nutritional profile. Get creative in the kitchen with M&S Turkey Meatballs, feast on luxurious Turkey Ragu and pick up a pack of Mini Turkey Fajita Thins for a high-protein snack when you’re out and about.
Whoever said being healthy was boring?
Now eating well is even easier with M&S's January stir-fry deal
Get noodles or rice, a sauce of your choice, stir fry vegetables and meat or non meat option for only £7 at your local M&S store.
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