AFTER the eating and drinking excesses of the festive holidays, most of us know, however reluctantly, that enough is enough.

It is time to reacquaint ourselves with healthier options, like fruit. And salad.

You remember salad? It’s the stuff you’ve been ignoring as you tucked into turkey and wolfed down mince pies.

Ditching the chocolate is a must, and budgets are stretched to breaking point after the season of spend, spend, spend.

Throw in Dry January and eating out this month sounds like a less than exciting prospect.

No need to despair, however, as Glasgow’s restaurants are rising to the challenge with aplomb.

Take old favourite Mono ( in the Merchant City, which has been part of the city scene for almost two decades. Its vegan food - chestnut mushroom bruschetta, celriac schnitzel - is delicious and healthy.

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And there’s superfood hub Kcal Kitchen on West Regent Street, for body and brainboosting meals packed with stuff that’s good for you.

The Ivy on Buchanan Street ( has also thought carefully about what diners are looking for, post-Christmas and New Year.

The brasserie has added some lighter dishes to its a la carte menu for January, including a tossed Asian salad, a warm salad of beansprouts, pak choi, watermelon, broccoli, cashew nuts, sesame and coriander with hoisin sauce; and an avocado and tomato cocktail which has red pepper, lettuce and pomegranate dressed with a spicy harissa sauce

It has also introduced a range of low and no alcohol cocktails, delicious smoothies and coolers.

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Highlights include a Temperance G&T, which offers a full flavoured gin and tonic with very low alcohol content using Hayman’s Small Gin, Fever-Tree Naturally Light Tonic and a fresh twist of pink grapefruit; and Clean Clover Club, a low-alcohol version of the classic cocktail with gin, raspberry syrup, egg white and lemon juice.