The main reason why many New Year’s health regimes fail is that we are often far too hard on ourselves from the onset. Kale casserole might be super-good for you and low in calories, but for breakfast, lunch and dinner? And for a whole week?!
The second reason is that, if you're not a real whizz in the kitchen, it can be quite hard to make healthy food interesting and varied enough to stick at it, and turn it a long-term habit.
That’s where chef Tess Ward, pictured below, who writes the blog The Yes Chef, comes in. On 16 January In London she will be running an evening Skinny Bitch Cookery Class where she will be showing how to cook a healthy three course meal (scroll down for the menu), teaching new techniques and suggesting different flavour combinations, so you can kick start your 2014 good intentions. Click here for more details and to buy tickets
Along the way Tess will also be demonstrating some money-saving ideas too – like how to break up a whole chicken into eight pieces. Her ethos is to show you how to create a healthy balanced diet, not deprive yourself calorie-counting, so you can get back in your skinny jeans without noticing.
And if you’re not able to make the course, check out Tess’s blog here. The Yes Chef is full of healthy, simple and delicious recipes that anyone can make.
THE MENU YOU WILL LEARN TO COOK
- Smoked mackerel and pink grapefruit Canapes, Endive, Gorgonzola and Walnut Bites
- Green Bean and Kale salad with Orange Zest and Hazelnuts
- Oven baked Chicken Thighs with a Garlic Yoghurt Herb Sauce
- Spiced Sweet Potato Chips
- Chocolate ‘lighter than air’ Cookies