Red Apron on Nourishing Yourself this January

This month at the Red Apron we are celebrating the New Year with a month long celebration of Nourishing Meals that are veg-forward, nutrient dense, and featuring one Vegan and one Vegetarian meal each week!

There are so many ways to Nourish your body beyond food. Head to the spa for an evening, or a weekend and pamper yourself as the seasons change. Just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa you can visit Le Nordik to relax and unwind. This is a popular destination and you have to call ahead to make a reservation.

Just outside of town in the other direction you can spend a night or two at the Strathmere Retreat. I visited recently for a night with my mom and was so impressed with their food and services. It’s the perfect little getaway.

If you are willing to drive a little farther, you can visit Ste. Anne’s Spa in Haldimand Hills and truly be pampered. Now that their wedding season is over, these venues will be offering specials to entice you to visit.

Resting, disconnecting and sleeping are all great ways to Nourish Yourself. Sometimes we just need a little break from the hustle and bustle and a stay-cation or a few days away somewhere quiet will do the trick.

The New Year is a good time to consider learning something new! Attend a workshop or a class, not for work or career advancement necessarily. Nourish your brain by learning something that truly interests you. Supply and Demand on Wellington offers pasta making classes which is a fun way to spend an evening while learning something new. The Urban Element on Parkdale has a whole schedule of classes on their website. C’est Bon Cooking School offers classes and foodie tours around Ottawa.

We often get obsessed about diet and exercise in the New Year, but there are ways to move your body that are lots of fun. Find a big toboggan hill in Ottawa and become a kid again. Aside from all that exercise you will get trudging back up the hill, there is nothing more thrilling than barrelling down the hill at full speed! Take a dance class. There are so many options ranging from ballroom, to pole dancing, to salsa. Dancing always make me feel joyful, and I look for every opportunity I can find to dance.

Speaking of Joy, we have a new cookbook in the Retail Store from Joy McCarthy, bestselling author and creator of Joyous Health. If you follow the link to her blog you can find the recipe for her delicious Creamy & Dreamy Kale Salad.