5 easy ways to eat healthier this winter
When all you want to do is pull out your warmest blanket, a frozen pizza and some hot chocolate, eating healthy seems like an impossible task. However, it’s not quite as difficult as you might think. There are plenty of ways to incorporate healthy foods into your diet that are still easy to make and delicious. So whether you’re trapped inside your house during a snowstorm or not sure what to have for breakfast tomorrow morning, here are five tips for eating healthy during the coldest months of the year.
Fill your soup with veggies. A winter staple, a bowl of soup will not only keep you warm but also boost your immune system. And by adding vegetables, you're adding lots of antiviral and antibacterial goodness that helps keep you healthy. Some yummy examples are: broccoli-chowder soup, lentil and green collard soup, curried squash and chicken soup, roasted cauliflower soup. With their various health benefits and fab flavors, you’ll be obsessed in no time.
Eat more yogurt and fruit combinations. Store bought yogurts aren't as healthy as you think because they tend to be loaded with extra sugar, especially the ones with fruit jelly on the bottom or top. A better option is choosing a plain Greek yogurt, which allows you to then add your own healthy toppings (think healthy fats like nuts, flax seed or chia seeds). Add a bit of fruit to any of those and you have yourself a super delicious snack. For a bit of extra warmth, add a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Don't skip the dark stuff. Chocolate is just plain delicious, obviously. And it turns out dark chocolate delicious can be extremely healthy, too—it’s a source of antioxidants, and can improve your blood pressure and blood flow. Add it to yogurt, pancakes and smoothies, or even make it into a yummy vinaigrette for salads.
Think seasonal. Load up on your acorn, butternut and pumpkin squash because all of these are in season during the winter months. Squash is easy to cook, and can be used as a healthy alternative to spaghetti. If you’re not a big fan of squash, try cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, apples or brussel sprouts.
Stick to a schedule. Dieticians often recommend eating six small meals a day because it keeps your body full and wards off those pesky hunger pains. But find what works for you. If bigger meals less often are better for your sched, go for it. The key is to keep it consistent so your bod is constantly fueled. It'll also help strengthen your immune system so you can fight off sickness.
How do you stay healthy in the winter? Let us know in the comments!