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3 Easy Winter Recipes to Support Your Gut Health and Wellness in February

As we transition into February, it's the perfect time to nourish our bodies with seasonal delights that not only satisfy our taste buds but also promote optimal gut health.


In this blog post, we'll explore delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes crafted with seasonal fruits and vegetables - all AfN Reg. Nutritionist Approved.


Get ready to revitalize your digestive system with these nutrient-packed meals!


 

Breakfast: Winter Warmer Porridge Bowl

Start your day right with a comforting bowl of winter warmer porridge infused with seasonal fruits and gut-friendly toppings.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats

  • 2 cups almond milk

  • 1 ripe pear, diced

  • Handful of walnuts, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • Drizzle of maple syrup

  • Pinch of cinnamon

Step 1: Let’s Get Started

In a saucepan, combine oats and almond milk. Cook over medium heat until creamy and thickened.


Step 2:

Stir in diced pear and cook for another 2-3 minutes until softened.


Step 3:

Transfer the porridge to a bowl and top with chopped walnuts, chia seeds, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a pinch of cinnamon.


Step 4:

Enjoy your nourishing breakfast bowl, packed with fibre, antioxidants, and gut-loving ingredients.


 

Lunch: Roasted Beetroot and Lentil Salad


For a satisfying midday meal, indulge in a vibrant roasted beetroot and lentil salad bursting with flavours and nutrients.


Ingredients

  • 2 medium beetroots, peeled and diced

  • 1 cup cooked lentils

  • Mixed salad greens

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • Handful of pumpkin seeds

  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Step 1: Let’s Get Started

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Toss diced beetroots with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes until tender.


Step 2:

In a large bowl, combine roasted beetroots, cooked lentils, mixed salad greens, and crumbled feta cheese.


Step 3:

Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top for an extra crunch and Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and toss to combine.


Step 4:

Serve this nutrient-rich salad as a satisfying lunch option, loaded with fibre, protein, and gut-loving nutrients.


Top Tip: this lasts really well, so perfect for meal prepping & work lunches.

 

Dinner: Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry


End your day on a flavourful note with a hearty butternut squash and chickpea curry, brimming with seasonal goodness and aromatic spices.


Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (Chicken, optional)

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated

  • 1 can coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder

  • Handful of spinach leaves

  • Cooked brown rice, and wedge of lime for serving



Step 1:

In a large pot, sauté diced onion, minced garlic, and grated ginger until fragrant.


Step 2:

Add diced butternut squash, drained chickpeas, and curry powder. Cook for 5 minutes.


Step 3:

Pour in coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the squash is tender. And stir in spinach leaves and cook until wilted.


Step 4:

Serve the curry over cooked brown rice, garnished with fresh cilantro. ENJOY!


Top Tip: Cook the rice with Turmeric for extra flavour, antioxidants and a fab natural colour!

 

Whether you're starting your day with a cozy porridge bowl, enjoying a refreshing salad for lunch, or indulging in a hearty curry for dinner, your gut will thank you for these nutrient-packed delights!

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