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January is a loooong month. Maybe not technically…but it sure feels like it, doesn’t it?! So, instead of listing all of the things we can’t wait to see the back of in February, like dark mornings and Christmas weight, we looked at some of the things we'll miss from January! 

1. Hot water bottles
The season of hot water bottle is almost coming to an end, so snuggle up and enjoy while you can!

2. Starbucks winter flavours
The red cups will soon be a thing of the past so it’s time to grab that double chocolate peppermint mocha hot chocolate with whipped cream before they disappear till next year!

3. Winter coats
Soon we’ll have to go shopping for a light jacket for spring time and that fur-trimmed hood will be packed away until October, sob!

4. Christmas jumpers
Some may argue the Christmas jumper season is well over, but we reckon as long as it doesn’t have Rudolph on the front it’s fair game for another few weeks.

5. Cadbury’s Roses and other Christmas-time treats
It’s that time of the year when everyone clears the junk food out of their homes…and into their offices. So, yes. We are still eating Roses if you must know.

6. Being organised
The New Year makes us organise our lives perfectly (until February). Armed with new diaries and fresh pens, we feel we can take over the world, one list at a time. 

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It’s not always easy to let go of those last remaining mince pies and actually get back to reality. Use these super simple food swaps to get yourself a little healthier without even realising!

1. For breakfast
Swap a fry for porridge

2. For dinner
Swap white pasta and rice for the brown varieties

3. For your sweet-tooth
Swap white refined sugar for maple syrup

4. For the cinema
Swap fizzy drinks for flavoured water

5. For your coffee/hot chocolate
Swap full-fat milk for a plant-based milk such as soy, almond or hazelnut

6. For quick snacks

  • Swap crisps for popcorn
  • Swap crackers for rice or oat cakes
  • Swap butter for nut butters or some mashed avocado
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January is a time for getting our eating habits back on track after the Christmas time indulgence. Not that we regret a thing. Not even eating Bailey’s whipped cream from the tub with a spoon.

Here are some simple and most importantly satisfying breakfasts perfect for January.

1. Avocado on toast
Mmm…is there anything better in life than a perfectly ripe avocado? This is probably one of the easiest breakfasts to whip up.

What you’ll need:
1 slice of toast
½ avocado
Salt/pepper

What you’ll need to do:
Simply slice or mash the avocado on the toast, sprinkle with some sea salt and pepper and you’re good to go! If you want you can also top the avocado with some fried mushrooms or a poached egg!

2. Scrambled egg pita
This is exactly as described, scrambled egg in a pita! It’s fast, filling and so tasty!

What you’ll need:
1 egg, scrambled
1 pita

What you'll need to do:
Toast the pita and add the scrambled egg inside. If you like you can add some rocket, wilted spinach or even juts ketchup – yum!

3. Granola
This one takes a little bit more effort – but it is so worth it! Crunchy, sweet and healthy, this granola can be made at the beginning of the week and kept in an airtight container.

Here’s our favourite granola recipe

4. Smoothie bowl
If you don’t know whether to have granola or a smoothie, why not have both?

What you’ll need:

1 frozen banana
1 handful kale
1 handful of blueberries

What you'll need to do:
Simply blend the smoothie ingredients, pour into a bowl and top with nuts, seeds, granola, fruit – anything goes! Except bacon…

5. Cinnamon toast
This is the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. Sweet and indulgent but with moderately healthy ingredients, this is almost too good of a discovery!

What you’ll need:
1-2 slices of toast
1-2 tsp coconut sugar
2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp Sunflower spread

What you’ll need to do:
In a bowl, combine the spread with the cinnamon and sugar. When the bread is toasted to your liking, spread the cinnamon spread on while still hot and allow to melt. So good with a cup of coffee!

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New Year, new you. That’s what we hear year in and year out. But we reckon there is nothing wrong with the you from last year, so keep doing her!

Meanwhile, we are trying to wean ourselves off the last of those Roses, even the Orange and Strawberry crèmes that litter the end of the box are starting to look appealing…

To help us in our time of lacking will power and skin breakouts, we’ve devised some salads that will help nourish us and not taste like we’re force feeding ourselves grass.

For each of these salads, simply combine all of the 'dressing' ingredients together before drizzling it over the salad ingredients. 

1. Simple prawn salad

Salad:
1-2 handfuls of iceberg lettuce
6-7 cooked and cooled king prawns
¼ cucumber

Dressing:
1 tbsp. Greek yoghurt​
1 tsp. ketchup
​1/2 tsp low fat mayonnaise
1/2 tsp tabasco

2. Chicken zest salad

Salad:
1-2 handful of baby spinach
1 grilled chicken breast
Seeds of one pomegranate

Dressing:
Juice of one lime
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

3. Goat's cheese salad

Salad
1 handful of rocket
1 handful of baby spinach
2-3 round slices of goat's cheese
5 walnuts

Dressing
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. balsamic vingear
1/2 tsp. fresh or dried thyme
1/2 tsp. honey

4. Super salad

2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 handful of kale
1 carrot, grated
1/2 avocado
4-5 blueberries
5 strawberries
100g cooked quinoa
2 tsp. pumpkin seeds
2 tsp. sunflower seeds
1 tsp flax seeds

Dressing
Juice of one lemon
1 tsp. olive oil

5. Classic Caprese salad

1 handful of rocket
4 slices of mozarella
2 sliced tomatoes 
Fresh basil, torn

Dressing
Balsamic reduction
 

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Typically, people like to start the New Year with new resolutions. While going on a detox or becoming a member of your local gym is completely normal, there’s another common resolution that might surprise you.

New research found that January is the prime season for break-ups.

The findings show that more than half of couples who split up this month said the time of year was a deciding factor for their decision.

Other reasons for January break-ups included the depressing Irish weather, family pressures and wanting a fresh start – New Year, new me, right?

From the stats, it’s fair to say that those who wanted a fresh start clearly didn’t waste any time. The study revealed that 48% of people were already in a new relationship before the month was out.

The second most common season for break-ups is December. Thank God that’s ages away – we might have just dodged a bullet there!

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