Winter brings colder days and more time spent in the house, meaning we often tend to eat worse during the winter. A nutritious diet is always important, however, especially during those colder months where we feel less energetic.
Below are 6 winter nutrition tips to keep you healthy and fit.
Eat in Moderation
Winter is a time where we often overindulge for many reasons, one being the fact that we’re stuck in the house more. On a cold winter’s day, there is nothing better than sitting with a hot chocolate, sharing popcorn, and watching a movie with the family. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, overindulging can lead to fatigue and weight gain.
Eating in moderation is key, especially in winter when it’s all too easy to overindulge on festive favorites. Try substituting for lower-calorie alternatives and keep an eye on your sugar intake. Don’t stop yourself from having the occasional treat or you will find yourself overindulging more.
Consume Healthy Carbs
Many of us suffer from the winter blues, which often brings with it cravings. Consuming healthy carbs will keep us fuller for longer and help combat these sad or tired feelings that are often associated with colder, darker days. The best foods to consume include wholegrain pasta/breads/rice, sweet potatoes, nuts, beets and squash. Swapping regular carbs for wholegrain can help with weight loss.
Stock Up on Soups and Broths
Soups and broths are a winter favorite that can keep you full and satisfied in the winter months. This is a good alternative to summer salads, as you don’t often feel like eating cold foods on cold days. Soups and broths are easy to make, last a long time when made in bulk, and are cheap to make.
To cook the best soups and broths, you will need some great ceramic cookware. It is best to purchase cookware that is long-lasting and non-stick, especially if you plan to cook your soups over a long period of time. To find a great set for cooking this winter, read these very thorough reviews of the best ceramic cookware sets.
Consume Plenty of Fruit and Veg
Fruits and veg aren’t often their best during the winter months, but don’t let this put you off. Try finding fruits and veg that are in season or find frozen alternatives that are available in all supermarkets. Some of the most popular fruits and veg that remain in season during the winter include turnips, squash, Brussel sprouts, oranges and turnips.
Eating regularly is a great way to combat fatigue and keep your energy high during the winter months. Eating three meals a day, with healthy snacks in between can lead to less cravings and a fuller feeling. You may even choose to eat 6 smaller meals each day, which will also curb overeating and overindulging. If you work during the day, check out these 6 healthy winter snacks to warm you up.
Supplements are a natural way to get everything we need, especially during the winter months. Vitamin C can boost your immune system, helping combat colds and the flu. Vitamin D is lacking during the winter as the sun usually isn’t strong enough, leading to more cravings and winter blues. Consider supplementing these vitamins to keep yourself healthy during winter.
These 6 winter nutrition tips are designed to help you keep healthy and fit during the colder months. While there may be more temptation, eating regularly and in moderation alongside consuming healthy carbs, soups and broths can all help in staying fuller for longer. Consider supplements to help stay healthy during winter.
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