Enjoy luxurious clothes for lounging at home, order breakfast in bed or get healthy, making soups and trying new exercises with our winter wellness ideas
It is the season to atone for December so enjoy these new exercises, healthy foods and skincare products to revamp your routine. These wholesome treats will help you to unwind over the winter – and to kick last year’s bad habits.
The Juice Radiance Cleanse Co
January diets do not have have to be dull – an inspiring few days of unusual cold-pressed juices and nut milks delivered to your door will be just what your sluggish metabolism needs. As well as getting you out of the stodgy carbs cycle, Radiance Cleanse Company’s juices are a great source of vitamins that you would be hard pushed to include in your diet usually. Prices start at £75 for one day’s worth of drinks on their flexible subscriptions.
Neom’s Three steps to Instantly De-Stress kit uses the essential oils of Lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood to create a heavenly aroma that hits you before you even open the box. The warm, sweet-smelling candle will make the dreariest of offices feel cosy, or help you to wind down at home. The kit comes with a soothing bath oil and an on-the-go mist so that you can have just the tonic for stress whether you are at home, or out and about.
Try Clipper’s subtle award-winning infusions for a cup of tea that will also help your skin from the inside out. Their green tea is full of anti-toxins which makes it a useful accompaniment to your beauty regime. If you find that green tea gets boring after a while then you can stock up on their Lemon, Lime & Ginger, or Cranberry Green Teas. Clipper’s Green Tea has a little caffeine in it, but if you prefer to go totally without then you can choose naturally caffeine-free fruit infusions such as the Strawberry & Rhubarb, or Apple & Elderflower.
Start the year as you mean to go on by blending yourself hearty chunky soups with Cuisinart’s new Soup Maker Plus to get into long-term good shape. As well as working as a regular power blender that makes smoothies, nut milks and sauces, its “slow stir” function blends the ingredients gently without mixing them to a pulp. It can also heat up as it goes so that your homemade soup is ready to eat in no time. It’s an ideal gadget for making nutritious winter food.
Get the endorphins pumping with this fashionable dance-based fitness class. The idea of Barrecore is to tone your muscles into a lean, non-bulky shape while giving you a manageable cardiovascular workout. The sessions are hard work, but so worthwhile. It’s a pleasure to get your heart pumping at their elegant and airy studios. Their excellent changing room and washing facilities have all of the hair drying and beauty equipment that you need. Barrecore is available at six dedicated studios in London and one up in Alderley Edge.
Sip, nibble and crunch through Rude Health’s breakfast ingredients for a healthy start to the day.
Between their five different kinds of granola, four different porridges and seven mueslis there is bound to be something to suit your taste. The idea is to use nothing artificial or refined so that your breakfast can be as naturally delicious as possible. They also offer an excellent selection of milk alternatives so that you can experiment with lowering your dairy intake. There is a tasty choice between six different types – from brown rice to almond, and hazlenut.
No one makes cosier clothing than Toast, and their stylish silk stripe dressing gown will have you racing home to get into your pyjamas. It is the ideal change of clothes to start relaxing in after the daily grind. Although silky on the outside, the cotton lining makes it snug on the inside. With its smart gold and magenta trim it’s a dressing gown that you’ll want to show off too.
With the summer still a long way off, it is easy for your skin to look tired from all the wind, rain, and lack of sunshine. Give your face a hydrating boost with these handmade organic beauty products from Hertfordshire. Evolve’s product are almost entirely organic to make for a gentle daily routine that keeps your skin soft and supple. Their affordable Skin Saviour body oil with nourshing baobab, mandarin and rosehip oil is great for perking up lacklustre January skin.
Breakfast in Bed
A relaxing weekend breakfast does not have to involve calorific fried breakfast or fattening pastries. Instead you can have nutritious treats delivered to your door on Saturdays and Sundays thanks to Breakfast in Bed. They will bring you over superfood breakfasts such as the Quinoa Superbox (avocado, quinoa, feta, toasted seeds, blushed tomatoes) or their homemade Honey and Nut Granola with fresh berries and Greek yoghurt. Their lovely freshly squeezed juices include the Immune Boost (apple, carrot and ginger) and Green Juice (kale, spinach, lemon, celery and apple). They will even bring you a weekend paper. At the moment Breakfast in Bed is only available in west and north London, but they have plans to expand due to demand.
Groovy Food Company
You cannot go wrong with the Groovy Food Company – all of their wonderful products are healthy alternatives to your sweeter favourites. Feast on their agave nectar, marinades, and dressings without feeling guilty. The agave nectar is particularly handy as it has low GI, which means that you can use it instead of sugar in drinks and cooking and it will not send your blood sugar levels shooting up. They also make cold pressed oils full of desirable fatty acids and blended with antioxidant-rich flaxseed. The range is available from Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and health shops.
The White Beauty Cream made with snowdrops has been formulated by Lady Alexandra Gage from her herb garden at Firle Place in Sussex to tend to dry winter faces. She uses revitalising shea butter, beeswax, and safflower oil, which is good for sensitive skin. Lady Gage makes a whole range of herb-based therapeutic balms, soaps and teas. They are made in small batches so you may occasionally have to wait for your order to be made up.