Welcome back friends! Cat here.
This is not a drill. Winter is officially here!
And while we all want to curl up in a ball and eat copious amounts of pasta and bread, this can throw a spanner in the works for trying to maintain a balanced diet.
We throw the word ‘Superfoods’ around a lot these days. I mean, how good is avocado!
However, there are so many underrated candidates we aren’t eating enough of (and cost waaaay less than an avocado!)
Here are some winter warmers that will ease your cravings as well as assist in immunity, keep your energy levels high and help you stay on track with your health goals!
Have you ever noticed how following a recipe will always include chopping up an onion and a few gloves on garlic? Do not take this for granted, garlic is magical. Full of Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, which both help to fight the common cold. Among other health benefits, including strengthening your immune system and maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails!
Cabbage has been used for medicinal purposes through the ages. Finely cut and fermented cabbage or Sauerkraut takes us back to the civil war where it was used to aid scurvy, stomach ulcers and sores. It’s also rch in Vitamin C and Vitamin A which aids immunity, as well as being full of antioxidants, the little soldiers who fight off harmful nasty’s!
Now I know, this might not be everyone’s cup of tea. So, you can incorporate cabbage into your diet by baking it, tossing it through stir dry or adding it into a soup!
Loaded full of protein and includes twice as much fiber as most grains. Most people would have met Quinoa in a salad, however, it’s amazing with curry recipes or paired with your favourite veggie stir fry. Naturally gluten free, this is perfect if you are intolerant, as it still feels quite hearty and filling, minus the upset stomach later on.
Ok, raise your hands if you LOVE sweet potato chips! Because, I do! They are amazingly easy to make and they overcome that craving for something warm and crunchy. Instead of frying them, they crisp up beautifully in the oven, drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Full of antioxidants, sweet potatoes engage your metabolism as well as lower blood pressure for healthy blood flow and clotting.
Cinnamon can be commonly mistaken with ‘Cinnamon sugar’, so be careful! Cinnamon is essentially a tree bark full of goodness – whereas, sugar is refined and processed (and not great for you). Cinnamon powder can be used in your oats as well as warmed up with milk for a warm drink, a bit like a chai latte! Just don’t forget, a little goes a long way! As it includes anti-inflammatory properties which help against infection or virus.
And remember, it won’t be winter forever. Spring manages to sneak up on all of us. So best keep on track now and smash those health goals!