During winter, it can become easy to neglect our healthy eating habits and replace them with comforting food. We seek food that’s going to fill us up and comfort us from the cold winter months. Foods like hot pies, meat, gravy and mashed potatoes followed by a hot chocolate, delish!
While putting on a few extra kilos over winter doesn't seem like a big deal now. It’s once summer rolls around and we start to peel off our clothing layers, that we realise what a mistake those evening hot jam doughnuts really were.
Never fear, by making healthy food swaps you can reduce your calorie intake substantially. Paired with regular exercise and you’ll be feeling energetic and healthy in no time. With that said, here are 4 healthy food swaps to keep in mind this winter!
1. Swap Hot Chocolate for Spice Tea
There’s nothing better than a hot chocolate in winter, am I right? However, what people don’t realise is that juices, alcohol, coffee, hot chocolate and other beverages can easily tip us over our daily recommended calorie intake. Condiments also go under the radar for adding those extra calories to our meals that we don’t need!
So instead of drinking things like hot chocolate which is high in sugar and fat opt for a cup of herbal or spice tea. Most teas have a tonne of medicinal benefits and will satisfy your cravings. Warm water with a squeeze of lemon or lime is also a great alternative. If you still want to indulge in hot chocolate every now and then, replace hot chocolate with raw cacao. Replace full fat milk with a seed or nut milk and add a pinch of cinnamon or some sweetener.
2. Swap Pancakes with Syrup for Porridge with Honey
Hot, steamy pancakes on a cold winter’s morning are very satisfying. However, some steamy porridge drizzled with honey and cinnamon is even better! Oats are great because they keep you fuller for longer and will slowly release energy throughout the day (helping you avoid that morning coffee!). For some extra sweetness add some raisins or some stewed fruit.
3. Swap Pasta for Soup
Pasta is an extremely easy option during winter yet, so is soup! Soup is twice as healthy to eat and just as easy to make. You can make a big batch of your favourite soup full of herbs, spices and vegetables and take it to work for the week.
4. Swap Apple Pie for Poached Pears
Unfortunately, winter is known to make us crave desserts! Try to resist that hot apple pie with custard and cream and opt for some delicious steamed fruit instead. Cut up some pears, pop them into hot water and voila! A delicious hot treat that you won’t feel guilty for eating!
You body does require extra calories during winter to try and stay warm, however, it’s important to give your body the correct nutrients to stay fit and healthy. It takes preparation and some will power to take care of your body during winter but it can be done!