5 Winter Foods That Will Keep You Healthy And Happy During This Chilly Weather!
Winterizing your diet can be healthy and tasty if you add a few favorite cold-weather foods
Do you react to bitter cold by skipping the gym and convincing yourself you deserve a calorie splurge to warm up and offset your discomfort? Well, you’re not alone. However, the cold and bitter truth is that no weather warrants unhealthy eating habits.
Just as you shouldn’t overdo ice cream during the dog days of summer, you shouldn’t live on a steady diet of hot chocolate and warm cookies during winter.
Winterizing your diet can be healthy and tasty if you add a few favorite cold-weather foods. We suggest that you start with these.
Local produce can be hard to find when cold weather inhibits crop growth. But root vegetables like beets, carrots, and turnips can withstand the cold, so local farmers can provide fresh produce and you can reap the benefits. Roast carrots for a boost of beta-carotene, or boil turnips for vitamins C and A.
Oatmeal is much more than just a convenient breakfast food; it also provides nutrients that are essential during winter. Oatmeal is high in zinc (important for proper immune function) and soluble fiber (associated with heart health). Although instant oatmeal is more convenient, it is a bit more expensive. To eat healthy on a budget, go with old-fashioned oats.
Soup is winter’s perfect food as long as you hold the cream, salt, and beef. Look for soup recipes that call for chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water as the base and include a lot of vegetables. Pair your soup with a side of 100% whole-grain crackers for a dose of grains.
Spicy tuna roll
For a surprising alternative to typical comfort foods often loaded with fat and sugar try sushi. Choose rolls lined with tuna or salmon. Both are good sources of vitamin D. During the winter months, when you have limited exposure to the sun, food sources of the bone-healthy vitamin become even more essential. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with impaired growth, weakening of the bones, and even the risk of heart disease.
Broccoli and cauliflower
Aside from getting the flu shot and washing your hands regularly, these cruciferous vegetables maybe your top defense against winter sickness. Broccoli and cauliflower are both high in vitamin C, which is associated with enhanced immune function. If you can’t find fresh versions, don’t fret - frozen broccoli and cauliflower are just as nutritious.