50% of all women has weight loss as their New Year’s resolution (Rössner, Hansen & Rössner, 2011) and lots of people want to eat healthier. But watch out, many of those New Year’s resolutions around food are doomed to fail. Right after New Year, supermarket sales don’t reflect our resolutions.
Food purchases after the holidays
During the holidays, households spend on average 15% more money on food. And 75% of those extra purchases are not healthy choices (Pope, Hanks, Just & Wansink, 2014). After the holidays and into the new year, they indeed buy 29.4% more healthy food than on average, but they also keep purchases the same amount of unhealthy food as they did during the holidays (Pope, Hanks, Just & Wansink, 2014). In January, their purchases even reflect 9.3% more calories than during the holidays, and even 20% more calories than on average (Pope, Hanks, Just & Wansink, 2014).
Healthy recipe: spinach zucchini soup
Of course I’m here to help. I’m eager to share my favorite healthy recipe which is a soup suitable for vegans and people on the fodmap diet. Moreover, it is super easy to make this soup out of zucchini, fresh spinach and dried tarragon. Even my husband is really good in preparing this spinach zucchini soup! Meanwhile, my family from both sides has prepared this spinach zucchini soup as a starter of the Christmas diner. So, this green soup is a very tasteful way to keep your food resolutions during the year!
Ingredients for a 4 persons starter or 2 persons meal:
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil with garlic flavouring
- 710 millilitre water
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
- 454 grams of zucchini
- 227 grams of fresh spinach
- 2 teaspoons of asafoetida powder (replacing onion/garlic/leek)
- 2 tablespoons of dried tarragon
- 2 x 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of grounded black pepper
- 2 tablespoons of lactose free cream or soy cream
22 minute preparation:
- Put the oil and asafoetida powder in the pot and warm it up. If you can eat garlic and onion, you can use chopped ones instead of the asafoetida powder. N.B. Not all asafoetida that you find online tastes okay. This one does taste great.
- Cut up the zucchine and bake it for 7 minutes.
- Add water, Italian herbs and one big teaspoon of salt (as a replacement for instant broth) and boil this for 8 minutes.
- Add tarragon, salt and pepper.
- Add a handful of fresh spinach until it shrinks and repeat this until everything is in (takes around 5 min).
- Mash the soup with a (hand) blender until it is smooth.
- Serve the soup. Everybody can add the cream to their taste at the table.
Succeed in your New Year’s resolutions
I wish you a fun and healthy 2020! Here you’ll find more tips on how your New Year’s resolutions will succeed. You can also read more health tips based on scientific research on this blog. Applying those tips will get you more daily energy, more health and make you less prone to illnesses: