Winter cuisine cues up images of home baked cookies and hot chocolate on a snowy day. Comfort foods like these can take the edge off of harsh winter weather and seemingly endless days cooped up indoors. These winter staples have their place, but who can afford to let their nutrition veer off course for an entire season? Stay fit and healthy in the coming months by appeasing your winter palate with these enticing–and healthful–favorites.
- Oatmeal: Recommended by health experts as one of the best ways to start your day, a delicious and steamy bowl of oatmeal is sure to lure you out from under the blankets. To give your oatmeal a protein kick, add a handful of your favorite nuts along with a teaspoon of real maple syrup to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Soups: Combat the winter chills with a variety of hot and flavorful soups. The possibilities are endless. Take a standard favorite like chicken noodle, but swap out the pasta for brown rice and throw in some extra leafy greens like kale or swiss chard to give your body an easy to make, nutrient-packed lunch or dinner.
- Root Vegetables: Potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips, and other root vegetables are a satisfying way to get your five to ten servings of vegetables for the day. Who wants to eat a salad in near-zero temperatures? Cut up some root vegetables and arrange them on a baking sheet with a bit of olive oil, some salt and pepper, cook for 45 minutes or until soft, and enjoy this delicious array as a side to a grilled chicken breast or pork chop.
- Beans and Legumes. Not just the baked beans you find at a summer barbecue! Explore the wide variety of beans and legumes available and experiment with various preparations. Chickpeas match exceptionally with pesto. Try mixing lentils and quinoa with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Beans and legumes are a staple in many soup and chili recipes that are a great winter treat as well.
Don’t let the winter derail your health. To learn more about the impact your diet has on health conditions and your overall wellbeing, request an appointment with the Advanced Health and Wellness Center of NJ.