From seasonal vegetables to hearty soups, stay nourished this winter with some easy to follow advice.
In winter, when nights draw in and the temperature falls, many of us are prone to coughs, colds, flu and for some of us at least, winter weight gain.
This means that winter is an important time to make sure you stay on top of your diet while also keeping yourself well nourished.
Sticking to a healthy diet may not prevent you from picking up winter illnesses, but it can help your immune system do a better job of protecting you, and speed up your recovery if you do succumb.
Here are some great tips from the people at Jenny Craig to help you make sure you stay healthy during the winter months.
1. Throw out the salad vegetables
Well, not literally, but save the salads for the summer months and check out some of the vegetables that are now in season.
Many winter vegetables are great for making casseroles and soups, and if you make them in large quantities, you can easily freeze some and benefit from the extra time saved by doing something you enjoy!
Mixing carrots, swede, or sweet potatoes together, or with some normal potato, will also make a really tasty mash that goes well with lots of things like pie, slow-roasted meat and more.
2. Soup it up
Soups are the kings of winter when it comes to nutritious foods. A great way to get some of your five-a-day, use fresh vegetables and canned legumes, lean chicken or beef to make great pots of soup.
You can freeze it down into smaller portions so there is no waste, meaning you can get your hands around a comforting mug of soup quickly whenever you need to.
These ingedients won’t be high in calories but the fibre content will keep you feeling full for longer. Try this great recipe for Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Soup - it’s delicious.
3. Keep drinking water
When it's cold outside, you may not want to down large glasses of iced water like you would do in summer, but it is important to keep your fluid intake at a good level.
You can swap cold water for water at room temperature, to which you add some lime or lemon slices, or you can increase your daily intake of herbal teas, which come in a great range of flavours and will help you get enough fluid inside you while keeping you warm at the same time.
4. Watch your portion sizes
Winter is often the time when we eat as much for comfort as for nutrition, so don’t fall into the trap of having seconds, or eating more than you need to.
To avoid eating too much try to eat your meals at the table with the family, turn off the TV, use smaller plates, and reserve half your dinner plate for vegetables.
If you get the urge to snack between meals, or when watching the TV at night, whip up some delicious Carrot and Beetroot Chips to munch on without feeling guilty. You can change the spices used to vary the taste.
5. Make time for breakfast
Having to get out of a nice warm bed in the dark is not most people’s idea of a good start to the day, so the temptation is often to have an extra half hour in bed and skip breakfast!
However, eating a healthy breakfast is one of the most important things when watching your weight, so make sure you get nutrients inside you to keep you going through the morning.
Porridge oats, made with low-fat milk, are a great way to eat a healthy breakfast. You could add banana and raisins, dried apricots, or plums poached with cinnamon.
You could also add a few seeds or nuts for some crunch, such as hazelnuts and apple, walnuts and pears, or pumpkin seeds and apricots.
For more tips and advice on healthy eating, weight loss and coping with winter, check out the Jenny Craig website to start your journey today.
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