4 tips for healthy eating in winters
From seasonal vegetables to hearty soups, stay nourished this winter with some easy to follow advice.
With the colder winter weather come coughs, colds and the flu season, plus, for some of us, winter weight gain. It’s an important time to make sure you stay on top of your diet and keep yourself well nourished.
Sticking to a healthy diet won’t prevent you from picking up winter illnesses, but it can help maintain your immune system to better protect you. And should you fall ill, a nutritious diet can help speed up your recovery.
Here are some great tips to help you make sure you stay healthy during the winter months.
1. Soup it up
Soups are the kings of winter when it comes to nutritious foods. Use fresh vegetables and canned legumes, lean chicken or beef to make great pots of soup.
These ingredients won’t be high in calories but the fibre content will keep you feeling full for longer.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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