The new year is a time to embrace change and look forward to future adventures - which can be difficult when everyone still feels distinctly like a Christmas pudding (stodgy, steeped in brandy)… January is well underway, and with many resolutions already discarded like shiny wrappers from the Quality Street you’re not meant to be eating, it might be time for a new strategy.
Here at Corus Hotel Hyde Park, we’re lucky enough to be in the perfect location to enjoy London, and we want to inspire you to enjoy it too – even in the bleak midwinter. There’s so much to do all year round and now that the Christmas rush is over, London can be experienced at a more leisurely pace.
We recently asked our guests at the hotel and on Facebook to share with us their favourite things about London in January, and here are some of their answers…
“I LOVE the January Sales”
It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. There’s nothing like nabbing a bargain to freshen up your wardrobe or your home in preparation for spring, and there’s nowhere like London for a bit of retail therapy.
“Seeing the lights of Lumiere London Light Festival”
London is lit up in a glorious nocturnal art exhibition with more than 50 artworks from 18th-21st January. It’s free to visit this dazzling display, which is the UK’s largest light festival – perfect for brightening up your January.
Kale has been dubbed “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse” - and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, detox, or improve energy and endurance, you can get it all from this amazing superfood. The nutritional value of kale is amplified when added to other foods, such as butternut squash and red onions, which you’ll find in this week’s Healthy January recipe. The beauty of kale is that it’s good for the body both cooked and eaten raw – so there’s really no excuse not to eat your greens!
Even though kale has hundreds of health benefits, I want to share with you my top five reasons to get some curly kale in your life, and I’ll make it easy to get started with my favourite quick, nutritious winter dish.
1. It’s a great anti-inflammatory food.
Just like the trusty beetroot, which we met in my previous blog post, kale is an anti-inflammatory superfood. One serving contains 121 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and 92.4 milligrams of omega-6. It’s the perfect choice for a healthier start to 2018!
How well do you know your beets? For Corus Hotels’ Healthy January month, our Head Chef at Corus Hotel Hyde Park, Richard Cerphus, is exploring the amazing health benefits of the foods we should be eating more of, and sharing his favourite recipes for you to try at home.
Our health journey begins with the six fantastic benefits of incorporating beetroot into your diet. Originally overlooked in favour of the beet’s leafy greens, the beet root is now a certified superfood, naturally sweet and bursting with nutrients. Although they have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, beetroot can be eaten a few times a week to enjoy numerous health benefits.
Richard says: “Beets can be eaten in any form you choose: raw, cooked, semi-cooked, and juiced. I have been using beets in cooking throughout the year, not just the reds but also the golden ones. As it’s winter, you’re likely to hanker after food that’s comforting and filling, but light and easily digestible after all that heavy eating and drinking that occurs over Christmas! I want to share with you one of my all-time favourite dishes and the super simple recipe for Beetroot and Lentil Soup. I first tried this dish in 2004 when I visited a friend in Latvia, and I absolutely love it. Since then, I have modified it to increase nutritional value. But before I share my recipe with you, here are six reasons why you should add beets to your diet.”
6 Reasons to Love Beetroot
1. It lowers your blood pressure
Drinking a glass of beetroot juice daily can significantly lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Juicing vegetables is the most effective way of maintaining the nitrates often lost in the cooking process. The Nitric oxide created in your body will help to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow.
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