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Here Are the Foods That Can Help Boost Your January Detox

Here Are the Foods That Can Help Boost Your January Detox

Research reveals that certain foods can boost your mood and energy levels. Research indicates that a lot of Brits plan to detox in January and have a month off alcohol. With monthly searches on Dry January increasing, we have found the best foods and recipes to help you kickstart the new year.

Research reveals that certain foods can boost your mood and energy levels. Research indicates that a lot of Brits plan to detox in January and have a month off alcohol. With monthly searches on Dry January increasing, we have found the best foods and recipes to help you kickstart the new year.

Including Protein in Your Diet Can Enhance Your Mood

A 2015 US study showed that protein rich foods are high in omega-3 fatty acids which help the brain to function properly. A protein source that contains these omega-3 fats is fish which has been proven to boost your mood and keep your January goals on track.

Salmon en Croute Recipe

Salmon is a fish high in protein, so adding this to your diet will help ease those alcohol cravings. There are 23,000 monthly search for 'salmon en croute', a delicious salmon recipe you can try this January. Check out our HelloFresh salmon en croute recipe.

Nuts are a great protein source

Another source of protein is nuts, they also help with dopamine production, a type of neurotransmittor our nervous system uses to send messages between cells. Other benefits linked to the increase in dopamine levels are improved mood, memory and overall wellbeing.

Perfect fruits and veg for a Dry January

It's a well known fact that fruits and vegetables have lots of benefits for our bodies and minds. There are other foods which those looking to detox in January should add to their diet. For example raw spinach contains L-glutamine, an amino acid that can encourage relaxation.

Other green vegetables like broccoli and asparagus contain vitamin B which has been shown to have a direct impact on energy levels perfect for your new year health kick. They also contain a lot of fiber which helps your body maintain a stable blood sugar level.
Fifteen thousand people search for broccoli recipes each month and if you're one of those, then take a look at our tandoori broccoli steak or chicken and broccoli stir fry recipes.

Other Foods to combat January blues

In collaboration, HelloFresh Recipe Development Manager, Mimi Morley, and The Sober Club's Janey Lee Grace have shared the best and tastiest foods to try that contain dopamine, GABA and serotonin.

Dopamine

Chicken, Turkey, Chocolate, Cottage cheese, Duck, Eggs, Granola, Low fat cheeses, Oats, Walnuts, Wheat germ, Yogurt, Wild game, Banana

GABA

Almonds, Banana, Beef liver, Broccoli, Brown rice, Halibut, Lentils, Oats, Oranges, Potato, Spinach, Walnuts

Serotonin

Avocado, Cheese, Chicken, Chocolate, Cottage cheese, Duck, Egg, Granola, Turkey, Live yogurt

Dopamine

Chicken, Turkey, Chocolate, Cottage cheese, Duck, Eggs, Granola, Low fat cheeses, Oats, Walnuts, Wheat germ, Yogurt, Wild game, Banana

GABA

Almonds, Banana, Beef liver, Broccoli, Brown rice, Halibut, Lentils, Oats, Oranges, Potato, Spinach, Walnuts

Serotonin

Avocado, Cheese, Chicken, Chocolate, Cottage cheese, Duck, Egg, Granola, Turkey, Live yogurt

Non-Alcoholic Drinks are on the Rise

With searches for Dry January rising ahead of 2022, people are looking for alternative ways to enjoy their favourite beverages. Non-alcoholic drinks are growing in popularity in the UK, with the most searched being 'non-alcoholic gin' with 12,000 searches per month on average and 'non-alcoholic wine' following closely behind with 9,600 average monthly searches.

Mocktails are also a popular alternative, there are 15,000 people searching for 'mocktail recipes' each month, with many being sold in bars and restaurants across the UK. Opt for an alcohol free drink to go alongside the meals you're making in January.

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