Healthy Diet Plan January 2017 – recipes

    All the nutrition-packed recipes for our latest 7-day Healthy Diet Plan - plus an at-a-glance chart so you can see what's on the menu for each day.

    Healthy Diet Plan January 2017 – recipes

    Whether your goal is to lose weight, cut back on sugar or glow with health, we’re here to help, with brand-new recipes and expert advice from our nutritional therapist, Kerry Torrens. As with all our diet plans, we’ve stayed clear of processed foods and packed our recipes with healthy fats, lean protein and slow-release carbs, as well as a mix of vegetarian and vegan recipes throughout the week. As a result, you can expect to cut down on added sugar, lose excess pounds and increase your energy. You’ll improve your digestion and give your immunity a boost too. 

    How to use the plan

    Our nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners deliver an optimum balance of nutrients and, by using the plan, you can see at a glance what to eat every day. Each day provides more than five of your five-a-day and keeps within the recommended Reference Intakes (RI) for fats, protein, sugar, salt and kcals while following the latest guidance on your intake of ‘free’ sugars. However, if you want to swap or repeat days, you’ll still reap all the benefits of eating whole, unprocessed, nourishing foods. 

    If this is a new way of eating for you, our nutritional therapist, Kerry Torrens, suggests you begin by introducing some of the recipes a day or two before starting the full seven days. This will allow your digestive system time to adapt to the more fibre-rich foods we’ve included. To help you supercharge your results, read Kerry's six tips to make the most of the plan.

    What to eat when...

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    The recipes

    Our plan serves two people for seven days and covers breakfast, lunch and dinner - although the recipes can be easily scaled up or down to suit your family. If you're vegetarian or looking to cut down on meat, we have a vegetarian plan just for you.

    To help you get organised, we've designed a handy shopping list so you can buy everything you need in one shop - just remember to check the packets for sell-by dates to make sure they'll last until the end of the week.

    For the whole week

    Seeded wholemeal soda bread
    Why it's good for you...
    Shop-bought bread often contains added salt, sugar and preservatives, so make your own for a healthier loaf. This doesn’t take long and is used in recipes throughout the week. You can vary the seed mix depending on what you have in your storecupboard - we’ve included linseed because they’re a plant source of essential omega-3 fats and are rich in lignans, compounds that have a hormone-balancing effect. Keep your seed mix to hand for a final flourish over slaws, soups and mains – they’re a great way of topping up valuable minerals which can be hard to obtain, like magnesium and zinc.

    Breakfasts

    Poached eggs with crushed avocado & tomatoes
    Why it's good for you...
    Toasted soda bread makes a great base for this filling breakfast, using avocado as an alternative to butter. Rich in heart-friendly, mono-unsaturated fats, avocados are also a good source of protective vitamin E, which is excellent for skin. During the winter months it’s important to get a boost of vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin - and eggs make a valuable contribution.

    Cinnamon, apple & raisin porridge
    Why it's good for you...
    Soaking oats the night before is not only better for your digestion and helps you absorb more precious nutrients, it cooks more quickly and gives a lovely creamy texture. Cinnamon also enhances the action of insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels and prevents blood sugar spikes.


    Winter compote tumblers
    Why it's good for you...
    Dried fruit are concentrated packages of nutrients including calcium, iron, beta-carotene and B vitamins. They’re also rich in naturally occurring sugars, so we’ve balanced their sweetness with whole natural yogurt and almonds, to ensure you enjoy sustained energy throughout the morning. Green tea contributes antioxidants as well as adding flavour.


    Raspberry coconut porridge
    Why it's good for you...
    This fruity porridge is made with coconut yogurt, making it dairy-free. The coconut in our vegan porridge supplies a type of saturated fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). These are thought to have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, which promotes an optimal gut environment, and supports your immune defences. 

    Lunches

    Creamy leek & bean soup
    Why it's good for you...
    We've based this soup on the traditional leek and potato soup, but replaced the potato with extra nutrients from beans. Low in fat and packed with protein and fibre, beans also count towards your five-a-day. Leeks are packed with protective nutrients including vitamins A, C and E, plus as a ‘prebiotic’ they fuel the friendly gut bacteria that strengthen your immune defences. 


    Toasted soda bread with blue cheese & pear
    Why it's good for you...
    The perfect sweet and savoury combination - pears are low in calories and rich in filling fibre, most notably pectin - a soluble form that helps manage cholesterol levels. Blue cheese is a fabulous source of good bacteria to support a healthy gut environment, as well as being a useful source of calcium and magnesium, plus it tops up protein levels.

     

    Beetroot houmous toasts with olives & mint
    Why it's good for you...
    Beetroot is rich in betacyanins, an antioxidant which benefits the heart, lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and helping to maintain a strong heart beat. If your new year resolution includes a fitness regime, this delicious, deep-purple houmous may just be your secret to success, as including beetroot in your diet has been linked to increased stamina.


    Masala omelette muffins served with mustard slaw
    Why it's good for you...
    Eggs are a great source of vitamin D, which many people lack in the winter months due to low sunshine levels. Peas are a great source of iron and fibre – including the gentler form of soluble fibre, which keeps the digestive system happy and cholesterol levels balanced.

     

    Mexican bean soup with shredded chicken & lime
    Why it's good for you...
    We don't always think of beans and pulses as being rich in protective antioxidants, but black beans rival blueberries for their flavonoid content. These plant compounds form one of the most important classes of antioxidants, helping protect the skin and body from the damaging effects of poor lifestyle choices as well as ageing.

     

    Dinners

    Roast chicken with lemon & rosemary roots
    Why it's good for you...
    Chicken is rich in all-important tryptophan, the amino acid you convert to the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. This gluten-free recipe is packed with healthy vegetables, contributing three of your five-a-day, as well as being rich in folate, fibre and vitamin C.

     


    Wild salmon & coconut chutney with pea & greens pilau
    Why it's good for you...
    Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for a healthy heart and brain. We've opted for wild rather than farmed fish because of its superior fat composition. Salmon is also rich in a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin - this compound has wide-ranging health benefits from improving skin elasticity and moisture to helping fight flagging energy levels.

     

    Feta stuffed mushrooms with mustard slaw
    Why it's good for you...
    For optimum health, eat a portion of wholegrain a day. These cereal grains contain the germ, endosperm and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which have much of the goodness stripped out of them. This recipe is based on a balanced combination of protein, fats and carbs, which help manage hormones and curb cravings, while also providing three of your five-a-day.


    Spicy meatball tagine with bulghar & chickpeas
    Why it's good for you...
    We've included complex, energy-boosting carbs in the form of heart-healthy wholegrains and pulses such as bulghar and chickpeas - both are rich in fibre and help to control blood sugar and sustain energy levels. This recipe also packs in an impressive four of your five-a-day while remaining low in fat and calories.


    Herb & garlic baked cod with romesco sauce & spinach
    Why it's good for you...
    We recommend eating at least one portion of white fish a week - it's a fantastic source of lean protein. We've complemented the delicate taste of our baked cod with the fragrant flavours of red pepper, almonds and spinach. This is a great immune boosting recipe with vitamin C-rich pepper, antibiotic garlic and carotenoid-rich spinach.
     

    Still hungry?

    The calories you need on a daily basis vary depending on your age, height, weight, sex and activity levels. There are numerous calculators you can use online to determine your optimum calorie intake but we’ve based our daily menu plans on no more than 1500 calories. For the average female, who is moderately active, this should generate a shortfall allowing for steady and controlled weight-loss. For those who find they need more energy and are happy with their weight, supplement our daily menu plans with our suggested healthy snacks

    A note on fat

    Fat is in most of the foods we eat – meat, fish, nuts, seeds and grains as well as dairy and eggs. Obtaining fat from these whole foods is a healthier way of getting this essential macronutrient. We need fat for healthy skin, to boost our mood, improve concentration and focus as well as for a well-functioning immune system. Our recipes include full fat rather than processed low-fat ingredients, like yogurt, and extra virgin cold-pressed oils rather than refined ones. That’s because all fats are not equal – we should avoid processed, refined fats and oils and limit (but not exclude) our intake of the saturated variety. 

    A note on sugar

    We’ve used naturally sweet ingredients like fruit, dried fruit and sweeter-tasting veg like beetroot so we can slash the amount of added ‘free’ sugars in our recipes. You’ll find this is the most painless way of cutting your sugar intake after a festive season of over-indulgence. 

    Please email any questions about the recipes to goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com and we'll do our best to help.


    All health content from BBC Good Food is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Any healthy diet plan featured by BBC Good Food is provided as a suggestion of a general balanced diet and should not be relied upon to meet specific dietary requirements. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact your local health care provider.

    Comments, questions and tips

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    MCP
    16th Feb, 2017
    I've just downloaded this plan, and intend to give it a try but all the recipes are for 2 or 4 portions, and I am on my own so all the quantities are too much.. The shopping list feature on the recipes is a great idea in theory, but it takes far too many pages with items in a single list, so widely spaced, and it doesn't delete items you uncheck, so I finished up with almost a full page of items I already had in the cupboard/fridge/freezer. It would be nice if the shopping list was more 'tweekable' so I could halve quantities where appropriate, and they disappeared if unwanted. Next time I'll write the list by hand as I go along, on the back of a used envelope as usual!!
    Naturaltherapie...
    1st Feb, 2017
    Thank you for this healthy eating plan. My husband and I followed it last week and lost 11lb between us ( both of us are about 1 stone overweight prior to starting the plan). We have also started running but not for long just yet. Not only did we enjoy the recipes and feel full but we both feel more energised and content. We have continued with the same ethos this week and are using our favourite recipes again. Many thanks
    Tululah1
    27th Jan, 2017
    Been doing this and some recipes from the 2016 plan, and exercising for an hour a day for coming up 3 weeks now, and really enjoy cooking, and eating most of the recipes, and haven't been hungry once, and lost 5 kilos with ease, and as I've now just past the big 50 realise I needed to drastically change my diet, so thanks BBC good food really appreciated
    victron
    10th Jan, 2017
    Great work! I still use a lot of the recipes from the summer 2016 one, and this just adds to the collection, why moan when it's good advice (and free) for decent healthy home cooked food! If some of it doesn't work for you then modify it to what fits your lifestyle/tastes. It's also really filling which is good if you are used to large portions.
    irele
    5th Jan, 2017
    What's the point of questions and comments boxes if no reply. And issues remain unaddressed?
    SueChef1
    5th Jan, 2017
    What a shame there aren't 7 different recipes for each of the meal times.
    sjshoey
    4th Jan, 2017
    Not a great start. I also noticed the repetition of dishes and agree that some of the ingredients could be expensive and hard to source unless you have ready access to a large supermarket. The text when I signed up said, "Our latest plan serves two people for one week and brings you 15 brand-new recipes that are easy, quick, convenient and minimise waste." I suppose the limit to 15 dishes across 21 meals has resulted in the repetition although there are links to other healthy dishes from within the,e same original email so it would appear that the author just got a bit bored and decided to repeat rather than create. The first Sunday dinner is clearly for 4, as both the text within the recipe and quantity of ingredients suggests. Any chance of making clear whether the plan is for 2 people as stated or more as the recipes suggest and adding a but more variety do that it is actually unable please?
    Happy Grandma
    3rd Jan, 2017
    On our 2nd day and really enjoying the menus, albeit our friends are finding the garlic a little overpowering! Loved having a shopping list and using some things more than once but tasting so different each time and saving money. Looking forward to roast chicken tonight, and again in a couple of days.
    irele
    3rd Jan, 2017
    Why a)Sunday supper duplicated on Tuesday b)Thursday supper duplicated on Saturday Likewise Sunday lunch duplicated on Wednesday PLease advise
    Emskina
    13th Jan, 2017
    So you don't have to cook every single meal time. Have you done the plan? We are on day 5 and it's been brilliant, the clever duplication of meals throughout the week has been really good.

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    sjshoey
    4th Jan, 2017
    Not a great start. I also noticed the repetition of dishes and agree that some of the ingredients could be expensive and hard to source unless you have ready access to a large supermarket. The text when I signed up said, "Our latest plan serves two people for one week and brings you 15 brand-new recipes that are easy, quick, convenient and minimise waste." I suppose the limit to 15 dishes across 21 meals has resulted in the repetition although there are links to other healthy dishes from within the,e same original email so it would appear that the author just got a bit bored and decided to repeat rather than create. The first Sunday dinner is clearly for 4, as both the text within the recipe and quantity of ingredients suggests. Any chance of making clear whether the plan is for 2 people as stated or more as the recipes suggest and adding a but more variety do that it is actually unable please?
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    goodfoodteam
    9th Jan, 2017
    Thanks for your feedback. The meal plan is for two people. The thinking behind repeating dishes is to make the plan a bit more manageable from a time and also budget perspective. Some people find creating brand new dishes three times a day over the period of a week quite challenging, on top of changing eating habits, trying new dishes and additional commitments. This is why some of the recipes serve four people so that they can be split and eaten on two different days. We appreciate though that not everyone feels that way and will take your comments on board. We hope you enjoy the recipes.
    irele
    3rd Jan, 2017
    Why duplication of recipes in meal plans?
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    goodfoodteam
    4th Jan, 2017
    Thanks for your question. Some of the recipes make enough for two meals. We've done this to make the plan more manageable timewise.
    alison999
    2nd Jan, 2017
    Thanks for these recipes, they look good. Can you provide the chart in PDF format, so I can print it out? Thanks
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    goodfoodteam
    4th Jan, 2017
    Hi Alison, we've added a link at the bottom of the chart so you can print it out. Enjoy the programme!
    belfastkoala
    31st Dec, 2016
    Do you have a digital shopping list to make it easier to order online - the pdf is great, but not very accessible and you need to print it to order online which is a waste of paper. Thanks!
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    goodfoodteam
    4th Jan, 2017
    Thanks for your feedback. That's a great idea and one we'll definitely investigate for the next diet plan. Unfortunately we can't offer one this time around but hope you've found a way around it for now. Thanks.
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