We all love Christmas for the delicious food and treats we eat with our loved ones. It is a beautiful occasion, not only for the food we get to indulge in, but because it can be a celebration of family, love, and reconnection. 


I don’t want you to restrict yourself on special days or feel guilty if you have panettone every day for breakfast during the holidays: Christmas only happens once a year and I want you to enjoy it. 


I would like you to keep in mind the SHAPES philosophy: 80/20 lifestyle (80% good and healthy foods, 20% bad and naughty 🙂 


I’d also like you to exercise every day, even for only five minutes a day. Consistency over quantity. 


I would like to share three simple recipes you can enjoy during the holidays. 


These recipes are packed with herbs and spices that support your digestion, help your liver detoxify your body, and speed up your metabolism

Turmeric Ginger Cinnamon Latte

Turmeric Ginger Cinnamon Latte

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 cup coconut milk (or any other milk you like)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger or 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • pinch of black pepper
  • pinch of organic chocolate powder (100% chocolate)


  • Blend all ingredients
  • Warm in a small pot
  • Serve it in a mug. You can top up with extra cinnamon on dark chocolate if desired
Spectacular fennel

Spectacular Fennel

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • 5/6 fennels (if they are small, go for 6)
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 spoon of bread crumbs 
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of sage


  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Cut fennel into small pieces and add it to a dish
  • Add the other ingredients to the dish
  • Transfer the dish to the oven
  • Serve warm in a bowl or plate
Tofu Extravaganza

Tofu Extravaganza

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 6


  • 180g of tofu
  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 100g of quinoa
  • Dry basil
  • Sage
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt


  • Finely chop a garlic clove and warm in a pan on medium heat.
  • Cut the tofu into cubes and add it in the pan with the garlic. 
  • Cut the broccoli and saute it in extra virgin olive oil with sage, dry basil, a pinch of sea salt, and a half a clove of finely chopped garlic. 
  • Cook quinoa.
  • When you have the broccoli, quinoa, and tofu ready, saute them in the same pan you cooked the broccoli for 3 to 4 minutes 
  • Preheat the oven to 180° C.
  • Transfer the dish in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Serve in a bowl or on a plate. 
  • You can add more extra virgin olive oil if desired, and garnish with dry basil. 

If you make any of these recipes, I’d love to see how they turn out! 


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And if you need support with getting in shape over the festive season or afterwards, I offer a free consultation covering lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness. Just email hello@paolalangella.co.uk


Happy holidays!