5 Tips for Healthy Eating This Winter

Some of us find it so much easier to experiment with foods in warmer weather, smoothies are refreshing, and salads are hydrating.  But in the winter, we naturally opt for comfort foods and sometimes, they perhaps don’t contain as much fruit and veg as they should.

Here are our top 5 tips for eating well this winter.

1)      Boost your Mash!

We can’t be the only ones who loves mash in the winter; pop some root roots like carrot and swede in with your mash and you’ve got an extra few veggies in your dish.  You can even add some kale in the last couple of minutes of boiling too! 

If you’re a fan of gravy, then add in some mushrooms and onions when you’re cooking to fill up on those prebiotic compounds!

2)      Fight flu!

Cold and flu season is in full swing and some of us lose our appetites when we’re feeling under the weather.  Often, it’s more relating to the fatigue of not wanting to cook however.  Over a couple of weeks, make up some additional portions when you’re cooking and freeze them.  Then, if you’re unlucky enough to get hit with the lurgy, you’ve got some hearty meals ready and waiting. 

3)      Avoid comfort eating!

Theres a difference between comforting foods and comfort eating.  The longer nights can increase snacking, but be prepared and consider some better snacking options – a mug of warm soup, or some toasted nuts and seeds!

4)      Shop online!

If we’ve gotten home after work to sort the kids and dogs out, it can feel a chore heading back out to do the supermarket shop, so consider online shopping in the colder weather.  You can plan meals and search for exactly you want.  This way you avoid unnecessary spending and you also avoid just grabbing convenience foods from the freezer because you’ve not been shopping yet!

5)      Fill your freezer!

Instead of having convenience foods in the freezer, fill it with frozen fruit and veg.  You can add bags of veg to stock for a hearty soup, or a quick stir fry if you’re short on time! Frozen berries are a great addition to your morning porridge too!

How are you eating well this winter?