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In frosty January it is so tempting to cuddle up on the sofa with a bowl of carbs (mashed potatoes/spaghetti/brownies/mac and cheese/yada yada…). But yummy as this proposition is, it pretty much goes against the grain (geddit) of our inner urge to do a little January spring clean. And I’m not talking dusting.

If you are anything like me, and some of my fellow food bloggers here in the UK, December was just one long buffet line of temptation. Mince pies, edible decorations, stollen, eggnog, chocolates. Delicious of course, but healthy-diet derailers one and all.

Despite best intentions most of us will be feeling a little tubbier, slower and, well, blah. Because even with restraint on the sweets and cookies most of us will have naturally been eating larger portions of our healthier choices. I know I did. I blame the lack of sunlight. I just can’t see how much is on my plate. 😉

Cheekiness and lies aside (I have new glasses), something had to give. And it certainly wasn’t my waistband.

Jumpstart logoSo, after much chat amongst a few of us food bloggers on the best and least depriving way to slough off the December excess, we give you Jumpstart 2015. This is our plan(initiated by Jac) to get ourselves healthier, more energised and hopefully lose a bit of weight.

Do you want to join us?

Just to be clear Jumpstart is not a diet as such. No calorie-counting here. Food To Glow doesn’t do calorie-counting. But as you know, Food To Glow does do vegetables. Lots of them. In this flexible plan (of sorts) we will be emphasising vegetables in smoothies, juices and soups. Nothing you don’t already expect from me, but throughout January I will be linking to other like-minded bloggers with different ideas to tantalise, and hopefully to try for yourself.

Creamy Broccoli and Basil Soup; Kale, Sour Cherry and Cocoa Smoothie; Beetroot Zinger; Green Passion Smoothie; Green Tea Soothie; Cumin and Fennel Beetroot Soup.

Here’s what we are doing:

1. Having a freshly made juice or smoothie for breakfast and lunch. Protein will feature, too – nut butter; some chia seeds; an egg on the side. I will be using my Froothie Optimum 9400 Blender for the soups and smoothies and my Froothie Optimum 600 Whole Fruit Slow Juicer, but use what you have, of course.

2. Drinking more water. I will wake up and have hot water and lemon (I do anyway) and take it from there. I also like to drink matcha tea (cold, with lemon) and fresh ginger root in hot water.

3. No alcohol – for me at least. These are empty calories I don’t need.

4. More soup. Some chunky, some smooth, all with loads of veg and of course, me being me they will have spices! Warm spices rev up metabolism and temporarily raise our core temperature, thus helping to burn more calories. Extra spices for me then. 🙂

5. Eat normally in the evening. One thing I always try to do is fill half of my plate with non-starchy vegetables and then have a quarter plate of protein and quarter of starchy carbs. I might reach for a smaller plate this month as well.

6. Lastly – and this is my own riff – I will have a small snack if I’m hungry. Although fibre-rich smoothies should be enough on most days, some days I am just hungrier than others, and I bet you are too. And since this isn’t about calorie counting or deprivation, I will brew up an instant miso soup or pop in a batch of kale crisps. More nutrition and increased satisfaction. Plain Greek yogurt, with a swirl of fresh, crushed berries, will also be on standby. Maybe a tablespoon of this too. And if I have to have something cold and sweet, I could do worse than this.

My fellow bloggers and I will start posting smoothies, juices and soups later this week, although I won’t be joining in properly until I return home from my holiday. Just being honest. 🙂 But please join me and my fellow Jumpstart 2015 bloggers for a month (+) of extra vegetables, lower sugar and more energy. But I won’t be all about the blender and juicer at Food To Glow. Expect a healthy pasta dish, a Korean sweet potato side dish, and something involving roasted citrus…

Bookmark or use Bloglovin to track what my friends are up to – their recipes, tips and progress:

Tinned TomatoesSlim Down with Jumpstart January

Smarter Fitter An Easy 3-Day Juice Feast to Jumpstart 2015 (Monica is my go-to gal for gorgeous smoothie and juice recipes)

Utterly Scrummy Food For FamiliesJumpstart January for Smoothies and Soups

Fuss Free Flavours

Ren Behan

Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Veggie Desserts

Franglais Kitchen

London Unattached (mainly soups)

Maison Cupcake

Keep up with all of the Jumpstart 2015 goings on by following our blogs, or on Twitter and Instagram with the #Jumpstart15 hashtag.

Readers of Food To Glow: Snap your own pix and use the hashtag #Jumpstart15 and either @foodtoglow (Twitter) or @food_to_glow (Instagram): I will retweet any I see! 

harissa-spiced squash and celeriac soup with freekeh // food to glow

harissa-spiced squash and celeriac soup with freekeh – coming soon



50 thoughts on “Jumpstart 2015 – Eat Smart, Feel Great

  1. mihrank says:

    This is such healthy, strong nutrition and powerful – I enjoy with your concept!

    1. Glad to have your support, Mihran. I hope you join us! If you do, make sure to let me know. 🙂

  2. mihrank says:

    Thank you Kindly – I find your presentation very informative – Please let me know how to join, I appreciate it!

    1. Just use the hashtag #Jumpstart15 on Twitter and mention me, @foodtoglow. Or, if you Instagram, I am @food_to_glow, using the #Jumpstart15. We would love to see what you do!

  3. lizzygoodthings says:

    Sounds like a lovely plan, happy new year lovely. xo

  4. Susan says:

    Reblogged this on The Savvy Sister and commented:
    Did you ever think of something and then someone else does it and you think , “I was JUST going to do that….but not as good as this!”

    Well that’s what happened when I read Kellie’s latest post on one of my favorite blogs :Food to Glow. Kellie is a cancer nutritionist and a hellova nice person. Her recipes always blow me away.

    As you know, I don’t promote the intake of dairy, and Kellie does a great job of giving plant-based (vegan) options for most of her recipes. But you know that where you see “yogurt” you can replace with “coconut yogurt”, and so on, so you see it’s very simple to stick with a plant-based plan.

    Enjoy! And Happy 2015 to you all!

  5. Susan says:

    Re-blogged! Thanks and a Very Happy New Year to you!!

  6. What a great ideal!!! I’m on board!

  7. HedgeComber says:

    I’m loving seeing all these Jumpstart posts! Good luck with it Kellie, I’m really looking forward to seeing the healthy recipes you all come up with 🙂
    Janie x

  8. Emma says:

    Can’t wait for your 2015 posts Kellie! Happy new year to you and your family lots of love Em xx

  9. efwalt says:

    Fab idea. I need to bring some structure and restraint back to mealtimes. This will certainly help!

  10. This is a fantastic idea! Great minds think alike! Looking forwards to seeing more Jumpstart posts, I’ve been inspired and have been working on my own ‘healthy start to January’ recipes. Happy New Year!

  11. The vibrancy of your food looks fab, can’t wait to try your recipes! I’ll be instagramming them for sure. Here’s to a happy and healthy January!

  12. Monica says:

    Dude, who’s got the gorgeous smoothies?! Your tummy tonic looks pretty outstanding – nice pineapple garnish! (Might steal that one.) Glad to have you along for the ride and look forward to your upcoming recipes!

  13. verywellfed says:

    Love this. Am doing exactly the same – banana, spinach and nut smoothies, zingy salads with accompanying, warming, veggie soup. Love this idea. I am with you!
    Forgoing dairy and meat, or at least trying to eat more vegetables instead. My plan is eggs and yogurt as and when I want them, but if there are veggies in my veg drawer, I will eat them. Jumpstart 2015 indeed.

  14. What a great idea, I look forward to reading all about it 🙂 I’d love to share my many vegetable dishes, but I don’t do smoothies/juices/soups I’m afraid!! Can we call my dips ‘cold soup’?? xx

  15. Faye says:

    Sounds good to me! Hashtag #Jumpstart15 at the ready!

  16. Violet says:

    What an excellent idea, Kellie! I’m now inspired to eat smarter and cleaner! 🙂 I’m looking forward to trying new recipes!! 🙂 Happy New Year!!! XO, Violet

  17. Perfect campaign to start off the new year, Kellie. Can’t wait for that soup pictured at the end. I’m doing a gentle cleanse later this month so I’ll be alongside you similarly engaging in many of your pointers! Cheers to 2015 and enjoy the rest of your time at home!

  18. Reblogged this on New Year? New you! and commented:
    Love this!!

  19. Love this! Here’s to a healthy start to the new year!!

  20. How great!!!! Love it!!!

  21. Beautiful!!!

  22. Great photos!

  23. reggiorif says:

    Super idea. I’ll look forward to seeing new delicious, light, fresh, healthy…. recipes!

  24. I love this idea and all these beautiful recipes!

  25. Deena Kakaya says:

    I am reading this post aloud to my husband, who is obsessed with his nutribullet these days and in our house, much like the Food to Glow ethos, we do not calorie count but there is an abundance of vegetables and we could certainly be better with fruit. I am certain that we will enjoy your superb suggestions on this topic. xx

  26. nazima says:

    some great tips Kellie – we are planning our jumpstart smoothies and meals here and look forward to seeing your recipes for inspiration

  27. elauzon says:

    Just looking at those smoothies makes me feel healthier. yum!

  28. Reblogged this on What's for dinner, Doc? and commented:
    For anyone needing a jump start on good nutrition here is a blogger to follow. Kellie and friends will be posting delicious recipes to get you back on track in 2015.

  29. Hi Kellie, I reblogged your post for my patients to see. I’m refocusing on fitness in 2015.

    1. Fab, Tracey! Great to hear from you. I hope your 2015 is off to a great and healthy start!

  30. I knew this was the place to start…. My husband & I (sounding Royal now..not) have come down for the second time this winter with colds, so I thought more fruit and veg must be the answer and where better to find some great recipes. Its a bonus finding ‘Jump Start’… making a shopping list right now .. Happy New Year

    1. The soup I have just posted today (Tuesday the 6th) is full of goodies to bash a cold and help prevent them too. Maybe add in a knob of fresh turmeric or a hefty spoonful of the dried. Also, I have a golden turmeric milk recipe that we (and others) swear by. Happy New Year to you too Sue, btw. 🙂

  31. When I got back from my vacation the first thing I reached for is the greenest smoothie I could possibly make! Looking forward to seeing these recipes and getting some more inspiration for a nice lean January. Thanks Kellie!

    1. Thanks Katie. And you know the feeling is mutual :-))

  32. Kathryn says:

    This is such a great idea Kellie and I look forward to seeing what you and the other bloggers have in store for us over the next few weeks. I’m definitely feeling like I need to get back into smarter eating habits and am ready to be inspired!

    1. I’m glad to have your support. Best wishes with your own eating smarter plan!

  33. Love this idea! Very realistic goals that everyone can benefit from! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. I’m glad you do! Please do have a look at the other blogs participating. Everyone has their own very good ideas. 🙂

  34. scpn2015 says:

    Thank you for all your healthy recipes which are fantastic for helping reduce your risk of cancer. We published our first blog today – have a peep and let us know what you think!

  35. Sally says:

    Great sensible advice Kellie and definitely achievable – although I won’t be joining you in giving up a glass of wine in the evening or good old cups of tea. I’ll be gearing my Friday morning shop at the Farmers’ Market to include ingredients for breakfast smoothies (and ditch the toast and marmalade) and soups. As always I’ll be coming to you for inspiration. Like you, my eyesight for portion control seems to have got a bit misty – and I can’t blame the sunshine 🙂

    1. Ha ha! Being in the US – the land of out-sized portions – is really testing me! I overate yesterday and today I am listening to my body and have eaten very lightly indeed, and haven’t felt at all deprived. Looking forward to getting back to my Froothies for some serious juicing and blending! But, as for tea and coffee, unless people use them as a crutch (and fill them them with sugar and milk) they are really healthy so I won’t discourage them. I just can’t do much in the way of caffeine these days…

  36. Maude says:

    LOVE your photographs. They’re beautiful!

  37. cocinaconrafi says:


  38. Fiver Feeds says:

    I would also add it’s better to eat 5 times a day (3 meals, 2 snacks, none of them should be super heavy) instead of eating 3 times a day (3 huge meals)

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