After one too many pigs-in-blankets, a near-empty Quality Street tin down (apart from the orange creams, we’re not mad) and Baileys running through our veins it’s time to take off the gluttony glasses and kick start 2013 with a healthy-eating plan you can easily stick to and tastes amazing. Impossible we hear you cry! No no no, there’s a reason Japan has the lowest obesity rate and the longest life expectancy in the world and in the coming weeks we’ll share Japan’s diet secrets with you.

Atsuage

Long-life tofu is nowadays a food shop staple, with everywhere from Whole Foods to Tesco stocking the stuff. You guys know here at Japan Centre we strive to bring you the real taste of Japan, so this month we’ve started to handmake our own organic Atsuage Tofu! This succulent, creamy tofu is a hardworking housewife’s favourite and one we think you need to add to your ever-expanding list of Japanese food you love!

/sigh… it’s that time of the year again! If you’re anything like me, then over the last few days you’ve feasted on way too much turkey and roast spuds, a single token brussel sprout and lashings of rich, delicious gravy. The pleasure that comes afterwards only lasts for a short while… until the regret starts and I begin to ask myself “Why did I eat so much?”
But hey, New Year’s coming up soon and that means that we can create another New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy (for the 100th time!) The hardest thing about going on a diet is that diet food usually just doesn’t taste very good. Well, it never used to anyway… check out some of these Japanese foods from Japan Centre that are not only amazingly delicious, but also fantastic health foods, perfect for getting back into shape again.

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We all promise ourselves that this year will be different, this year I am going to make a change and start being more healthy. The problem is that to improve our health, we have to sacrifice something to get it… taste!
But why does it have to be this way? Why can’t we get more healthy while simultaneously eat great-tasting food which consists of more than just a few leaves of salad?
Look at Japanese people… They have one of the lowest obesity rates in the world, live longer than everyone else, and have you ever seen some of those Japanese grannies who could pass for teenagers? (I understand that girl in the photo above is at least 50 years old!)

Read on for Japan Centre‘s guide to a new diet for 2011, with delicious and healthy Japanese food!

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HIYAYAKKO

Hiyayakko is a traditional Japanese dish that is often served during the warm months in spring and summer. This recipe is not only very easy to make, but also a great way to eat a delicious, healthy dish at any time.

There are many different types of tofu available and some are of course better than others for making Hiyayakko. To get the best tofu, you will need to find something fresh and of high quality. Find our recommendations below.