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Serves 4

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This is supposed to be the time of year when we all have a bit of a detox following our gluttonous behaviour over the Christmas period – and although I've never been very good at detoxing myself, I do know how to create delicious, light and healthy dishes. Healthy eating is an interesting subject because there are some basic misconceptions: it's really about achieving a balanced diet rather than being obsessed with every single ingredient. Some people can eat fatty food all the time and not be affected – whereas others just can't tolerate it. Anyway, here are some fresh recipes that will hopefully bring a bit of vigour back into your New Year.

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Serves 8

Grilled Herring with calcium rich leaves, orange zest puree, crunchy seeds and feta

This dish can be adapted in many ways. The herring can be substituted for tuna, mackerel or trout for instance however I’ve used herring because it has the highest Vitamin D levels. The seeds are not only a great way of providing texture but also bring increased amounts of Omega 3 and 6 to the dish.

Chef Chris Horridge explains how to eat yourself well

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